If you have worked hard to lose substantial weight, it can be frustrating to be left with skin that is saggy or baggy skin around the thighs. You can also develop the same characteristics from genetics, the normal aging process, pregnancy, or gravity as well. In this case, a thigh lift is one of the best body contouring options available. A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin and fat to give you a more toned, fit appearance.
The benefits of a thigh lift include tighter, smoother skin and better body contours, especially following substantial weight loss. Many patients who opt for a thigh lift have reached their body goals only to be frustrated with excess skin that does not respond to diet and exercise. Additionally, many patients opt for a thigh lift as part of a mommy makeover. For effective lower body rejuvenation, a thigh lift can often be paired with a belt lipectomy.
Ideal candidates for thigh lift procedures have loose, excess skin on the thighs but are not obese. Most often, thigh lifts are performed after substantial weight loss. Thigh lift candidates should also:
- Be near their target weight
- Be in good overall health
- Not have medical conditions that impair healing
- Have support for their recovery period
If you struggle with thighs that do not respond to diet and exercise, a surgical thigh lift may help you achieve the contours and lower body profile you have been working towards.
Thigh lift surgery improves the appearance of the thighs by:
- Removing excess skin and fat from the inner thighs
- Tightening the skin
This results in smoother skin that produces visible contours on the thighs. Liposuction on the surrounding areas like the hips or abdomen can help improve the overall contours of the thighs. There are generally two types of techniques that can be used for a thigh lift, and your plastic surgeon will determine the right one for you during a consultation.
This incision type runs from the groin, around the hip, and along the buttock crease. This allows your plastic surgeon to smooth the skin of the outer thigh, and the excess skin and fat are removed at the hip level so scars can be hidden under a bikini or underwear.
The inner thigh lift uses a much smaller incision placed within the crease of the thigh and groin and around to underneath the buttocks in order to address sagging in the inner thigh. For the inner thigh lift, the scars are concealed under a boy short swimsuit design.
During the first week of recovery, you can greatly help the process by resting and avoiding heavy activity. Elastic compression garments should be worn for several weeks to support the tissues as they heal. After two weeks, you can generally return to non-strenuous activities and may be able to go back to work. You can gradually increase your activities under your plastic surgeon’s supervision, adding in driving and low-impact exercise at approximately four weeks. It may take up to six weeks to fully resume your normal activities. Your final results will gradually emerge in the months after your procedure as swelling continues to go down and your contours refine.
The best way to learn more about the thigh lift and how you can benefit is through a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir. To schedule a consultation, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.
Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?
Yes. Medial thighs are common sites for liposuction.
Can you get surgery to remove arm fat?
Yes. Depending on the quality of the skin, arm fat can be removed with liposuction or a brachioplasty (arm lift).
Does a lower body lift include thighs?
There is a technique of lower body lift called a high lateral tension procedure that does improve the outer thighs.
Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?
In most cases, no. This is considered cosmetic.
How dangerous is a thigh lift?
When performed by a qualified board certified plastic surgeon, a thigh lift procedure is very safe.
How do you get rid of loose skin on your thighs?
A surgical thigh lift is the best way to remove excess skin of the thighs. This can be done on the inner thigh, the outer thigh, or in some cases, circumferential, or all the way around.
How do you prepare for a thigh lift?
It is best to be at a stable and goal weight.
How long is recovery from a thigh lift?
Approximately 4 - 6 weeks.
What are the different types of thigh lifts?
There are medial thigh lifts with or without an incision down the inner aspect of the thigh. Lateral thigh lifts place the scar along the outer aspect of the thigh from the hip to the knee. Circumferential thigh lifts address both the inner and outer thigh and leave a scar all the way around the upper thigh/groin area.
What does a thigh lift Cost?
Depending on the type of lift, cost ranges from $12,000 - $21,000
What exercises help lose thigh fat?
Any fat burning exercise should help improve this area.
What is a bilateral thigh lift?
A bilateral thigh lift simply means a thigh lift done on both sides.
Where are the scars for a thigh lift?
Depending on the type of lift, the scars may be in the groin crease, down the inner or outer aspect of the thigh from the hip to the knee, or around the entire thigh front he groin, around the lateral aspect of the thigh and in the crease below the buttocks.
Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?
Yes. The tissue removed may include areas compromised by cellulite.
Does running get rid of cellulite?
Yes. Weight loss can improve the appearance of cellulite.
How are thigh lifts done?
Thigh lifts involve the removal of skin and fat in the upper portion of the leg to improve the contour of the thigh. There are medial thigh lifts with or without an incision down the inner aspect of the thigh. Lateral thigh lifts place the scar along the outer aspect of the thigh from the hip to the knee. Circumferential thigh lifts address both the inner and outer thigh and leave a scar all the way around the upper thigh/groin area.
How can I firm up flabby thighs?
If the problem is excess fat, then exercise may be helpful. If the problem is loose skin, then a thigh lift procedure may be your best option.
How can I reduce my thigh fat?
Diet and exercise may be effective. If these are stubborn areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise, then liposuction is a good option.
How much does a thigh lift Cost?
Depending on the type of lift, cost ranges from $12,000 - $21,000
How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck costs $10,000 - $14,000
How much does it cost to remove inner thigh fat?
Liposuction of the thighs ranges from $4,000 - $8,000
Is having a thigh gap healthy?
There is no health benefit to having a thigh gap other that less skin irritation.
What is a spiral thigh lift?
A spiral thigh lift is a comprehensive approach to the entire thigh and buttock region that involves circumferential skin removal, skin tightening and liposuction.
What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed to address excess skin and fat of the upper leg.
What is an inner thigh lift surgery?
An inner, or medial thigh lift removes excess skin and fat front he inner aspect of the upper thigh.
What is considered a thigh gap?
A thigh gap refers to space between the thighs. In other words the upper thighs don’t touch each other when in a normal standing position with feet together. Only certain women have the body type and bone structure that creates this situation. It is relatively uncommon.