What is a Thigh Lift?

If dissatisfaction with the shape of your thighs keeps you from feeling your most confident, especially after dramatic weight loss, a thigh lift may be the ideal procedure for you. By removing excess fat and sagging skin from the thigh, the shape of the thigh can be altered, creating a more desirable contour.

Excess skin is seen most commonly in patients who have massive weight loss from following a consistent meal plan and exercise routine and/or bariatric weight loss surgery. However, there are many people who have excess skin simply from the aging process. Liposuction may be performed at the same time or as a stand-alone solution to perfect contour of the thighs.

Am I A Good Candidate For
a Thigh Lift?

You are an ideal candidate for a thigh lift:

  • If you are a healthy, non-nicotine using patient for more than one month with stable weight over 6 months
  • If you are unhappy with excess skin and fat of the thighs
  • If you have realistic goals and expectations for thigh contouring surgery
  • If you will commit to a healthy active lifestyle following surgery

The Thigh Lift Procedure

With a thigh lift, the goal is to re-shape the thigh area to be more proportionate. As a result, the thighs will appear smoother with better overall contour.

Thigh lift surgery is additionally beneficial for someone who has lost a lot of excess weight, either through weight loss surgery or from following a consistent meal plan and exercise routine. When you lose a large amount of weight, there is typically excess skin, especially in the thigh area. This type of aesthetic procedure will typically help patients feel more confident in their skin and wear clothes they once were too self-conscious to wear.

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What Results Can I Expect From A Thigh Lift Procedure?*

  • (1) It will take several months for final results
  • (2) Clothing will fit better
  • (3) Improved skin quality and contour
  • (4) Improved self-confidence

Thigh Lift Procedure Details

Thigh lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take 2-3 hours. The procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures.

Contouring is performed with liposuction alone, or a combination of liposuction and incisions along the inner thigh and groin area to remove excess skin. Like all procedures at Brown Plastic Surgery, your surgical plan will be adapted to your unique needs, as the degree of thigh irregularity varies from patient to patient.

Thigh Lift Recovery*

You can expect an outpatient procedure when performed as a single procedure. You will notice immediate results that will enhance over the first 3 months. Pain is well controlled with oral medications. Surgical drains may be placed and removed at your one week visit, but often a no drain technique is utilized by Dr. Brown.

Compression wraps will be placed and should be used for 6 weeks. Sutures are typically all dissolvable and will not need to be removed. Walking is encouraged right away, however, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting are avoided for 6 weeks.

You may shower 48 hours after surgery and driving resumed when off narcotics and functionally you are able to operate a vehicle. Expect 1 – 2 weeks off of work depending on work requirements. You will be seen in our office 1 week after surgery and scheduled follow up visits accordingly thereafter.

What Results Can I Expect From A Thigh Lift Procedure?*

  • (1) It will take several months for final results
  • (2) Clothing will fit better
  • (3) Improved skin quality and contour
  • (4) Improved self-confidence

Thigh Lift Procedure Details

Thigh lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take 2-3 hours. The procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures.

Contouring is performed with liposuction alone, or a combination of liposuction and incisions along the inner thigh and groin area to remove excess skin. Like all procedures at Brown Plastic Surgery, your surgical plan will be adapted to your unique needs, as the degree of thigh irregularity varies from patient to patient.

Thigh Lift Recovery*

You can expect an outpatient procedure when performed as a single procedure. You will notice immediate results that will enhance over the first 3 months. Pain is well controlled with oral medications. Surgical drains may be placed and removed at your one week visit, but often a no drain technique is utilized by Dr. Brown.

Compression wraps will be placed and should be used for 6 weeks. Sutures are typically all dissolvable and will not need to be removed. Walking is encouraged right away, however, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting are avoided for 6 weeks.

You may shower 48 hours after surgery and driving resumed when off narcotics and functionally you are able to operate a vehicle. Expect 1 – 2 weeks off of work depending on work requirements. You will be seen in our office 1 week after surgery and scheduled follow up visits accordingly thereafter.

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Please fill out the form on this page to request an in-person consultation and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Brown Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Scottsdale or West Valley offices directly to schedule at 480-568-3804. Brown Plastic Surgery serves the Scottsdale and West Valley areas.

*Individual results may vary*