Thigh Lift Overview
Typically after loosing an excessive amount of weight, the body is left with sagging and wrinkled skin that can take the joy out of all of your hard work. Thigh lift surgery helps patients get rid of excess skin on the upper legs caused by aging or extreme weight loss. In many cases, a thigh lift also includes the removal of excess fat through a liposuction procedure. The surgeons of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery offer a number of advanced techniques to smoothen and contour the thighs while ridding them of excess skin and tissue. It is our goal to help you celebrate the new body you worked so hard to achieve.
Thigh Lift Surgical Technique
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
Thigh Lift During/After Surgery
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
Thigh Lift FAQs
Cure for Cellulite Dimples?
A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.
Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients will need to make certain they are fully healed and gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.
The results of a thigh lift can be very long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results gained of the surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but most of the improvement will be permanent.
Thigh Lift Reviews
"Dr Hollie Hickman preformed a thigh lift on me in June, 2015. She did an amazing job! I now have skinny thighs. Her staff is so nice and kind. Dr Hollie is incredibly talented and so kind and understanding. She answered all my questions and concerns. This is my second procedure with her and I would never consider going anywhere else. I trust her absolutely to do the best job possible. A.R."- A.R. / Office Visit / Jul 14, 2015
"Dr. Rumsey is the best! - I would recommend Dr. Rumsey over and over again. He is a skilled surgeon who truly cares for his patients. I lost a significant amount of weight and needed multiple procedures performed. I have had a circumferential abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, and breast aug. He is awesome at what he does! He listens and answers questions throughly and patiently."- L. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2017
"I would recommend Dr. Rumsey over and over again. He is a skilled surgeon who truly cares for his patients. I lost a significant amount of weight and needed multiple procedures performed. I have had a circumferential abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, and breast aug. He is awesome at what he does! He listens and answers questions throughly and patiently."- L. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2017
"Life Changing Experience - After losing 180 lbs through diet and exercise, I was left with ugly sagging skin all over my body. I was referred to Dr. Sternberg by my primary physician. What a wonderful experience it was over a two year journey to correct everything that I wanted resolved. Through multiple surgeries, Dr. Sternberg performed a Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck, Brachioplasty, Circumferential Thigh Lift, Breast..."- S. / RealSelf / Dec 20, 2017
"Can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr Rumsey. I had a lower body lift in 2005 and outer thigh Lipo and inner medial thigh lift in 2018. They go above and beyond. HIGHLY recommend!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 10, 2018
Thigh Lift Expected Cost
The average cost for a thigh lift is between $7,000-$12,000. This price fluctuates depending on the extent of the surgery and whether another procedure was combined.