Following weight loss, you may find that you have loose skin and tissue on your thighs. Fortunately, you can turn to our plastic surgery team for a thigh lift procedure to remove sagging skin and create slimmer, more proportional thighs.
A thigh lift contours the thigh by removing excess skin and tissue, reducing thigh circumference. The surgery can be performed on the inner or outer thighs.
Would a thigh lift be right for me?
Thighplasty may be right for you if you are:
- A nonsmoker
- At a stable body weight
- Highly motivated to improve your body and thigh shape
How is a thigh lift performed?
The thigh lift procedure takes 2-3 hours to perform and is done on an outpatient basis. Depending on the amount of excess skin and tissue on your thighs, a general or local anesthetic may be administered to perform the thigh lift of the inner thighs. Prior to beginning, your plastic surgeon will make markings to plan the intended incisions.
In most cases, the incisions are made on your inner leg crease to minimize visibility. If your thighs haven’t shrunk enough with weight loss, liposuction may also be performed on the area to aid in contouring. (Sometimes if the skin quality is adequate, liposuction alone may be effective.) After the excess tissue has been removed, the skin will be redraped.
What can I expect after a thigh lift?
After your thigh lift, you should expect up to 6 weeks for recovery. Tape and compression garments will likely be worn for 3-4 weeks. Light exercise may be incorporated into your routine after 2 weeks. The surgeon may advise that you walk 1 day after surgery.
Thighplasty is a rather extensive procedure with risks involved. Possible complications with a thigh lift may include infection, widened scars, sensory nerve damage and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Ask your plastic surgeon for more information if you are concerned about thigh lift risks.
If you have succeeded in losing weight but excessive sagging skin remains on your thighs, you are encouraged to contact us.