What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that refines the overall shape of the thighs by reducing excess skin and in some cases also removing excess fat. After a significant weight loss, many patients find that they have excess skin and lingering fat around their thighs. Some patients simply cannot achieve the toned, tight thighs that they want from diet and exercise alone. A thigh lift can reshape the thighs and upper legs, removing sagging and drooping skin for a smooth, more youthful appearance.
A thigh lift is most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Reduce and remove excess skin and fat from the thighs and upper legs
- Reshape and smooth the contours of the thighs
- Create a more tightened, toned appearance
- Improve overall balance and proportion
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Surgery
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if a thigh lift is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results with you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about the thigh lift process.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your surgery, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after your surgery, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance you may need 24 hours after surgery.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. A thigh lift procedure typically takes three hours, depending on the technique being used and if you are having additional procedures to enhance your results.
Step 4 Recovery
Thigh Lift Recovery – For a couple of weeks following your procedure, we recommend avoiding any strenuous activity. Most patients are back to work within a few weeks, but it is important to remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
While results vary based on the individual, most thigh lift patients enjoy toner, tighter and more youthful looking thighs. The refined contours can be seen almost immediately after surgery and skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. Many patients find a renewed sense of confidence about wearing shorts and bathing suits. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: Is a thigh lift right for me?
If diet and exercise have not given you the thighs you want, or if you have lost a dramatic amount of weight and now struggle with excess skin, a thigh lift may be the right option for you. Thigh lifts can be performed on both men and women of normal weight. All thigh lift candidates must be in good health and have no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my thigh lift procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon for a thigh lift, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our surgeon spends the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover a thigh lift?
Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic surgery like a thigh lift unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my thigh lift have a natural result?
At RTH, we use the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques to reduce the possibility of scarring or other visible signs that a procedure was performed. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect. View Thigh Lift Before and After Pictures
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on body type and lifestyle. Typically, you can expect thigh lift results to be long lasting and even permanent, provided you maintain your weight.
Q: What are the risks of a thigh lift?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications associated with a thigh lift.
Other risks associated with thigh lifts may include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Contour irregularities
- Skin sensitivity
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my thigh lift to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results, which can include liposuction, a buttocks lift, a tummy tuck or other surgical and non-invasive body contouring procedures.