Unlike liposuction, which removes excess fat from the thighs when the skin is elastic enough to conform to a new shape, a thigh lift procedure removes excess skin as well as some fat to provide a more sculpted look. The procedure may be especially beneficial for those who have lost significant amounts of weight and have folds of skin remaining, or for women whose skin is less elastic.
Our highly trained, award-winning surgeons can remove that excess skin and unwanted fat for good.
There are a number of approaches that can be used to perform a thigh lift, and the surgeon works with you to determine which incision pattern will give the best results. In some cases, a minimal incision in the groin area is used. After the initial incisions, underlying tissue is removed from the targeted area, along with excess skin. If there is excess fat in the thigh area, liposuction is performed to remove it. The procedure typically takes two to three hours under general anesthesia.
A thigh lift is often done in combination with a butt lift, and the two procedures can be performed at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a thigh lift force me to change my exercise habits? No. Some fear the procedure could limit your ability to perform certain leg exercises, such as lunges and squats. You must wait until the recovery process is fully complete to perform any exercise, but once you are healed, your legs will hold up under any physical activity.
How long will it take me to recover? A thigh lift is an outpatient procedure, and you will be able to go home the same day you have surgery. Generally, a full recovery takes about six to eight weeks, with gradual increases in physical activity prescribed along the way. Consult with your surgeon before ramping up any sort of physical activity.
What happens if I gain weight after the surgery? Significant weight gain following surgery could compromise the aesthetic results of the surgery. For this reason, we recommend you stick to a diet and exercise plan after your recovery.