It is common for women who have extra skin on the thighs from weight loss or pregnancy to avoid wearing shorts or swimsuits. If you’ve tried diet and exercise and are not happy with the results, a surgical intervention may be the best option to reach your aesthetic goals. A thigh lift can help you regain confidence and enjoy life in a new light.
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What Is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is the removal of excess skin from the inner and/or outer thighs. It can be combined with liposuction but this is optional. The goal is to eliminate sagging and skin folds on the thighs while slimming them and helping to reveal the muscle definition underneath.
What Causes Sagging Thighs?
Changes in skin elasticity and the inevitable effects of gravity as we age can cause excess skin to develop on or around the thigh area. This excess skin may be caused by significant weight loss, after bariatric surgery, after pregnancy or by hereditary reasons. If you have excess skin and fat in the thighs, a thigh lift may be the best option to regain toned thighs.
Thigh lifts can easily be added to a variety of other procedures, including breast lifts, tummy tucks and mommy makeovers. If you still have some stubborn fat remaining, you might want to combine it with liposuction as well. We are happy to customize your procedures so you get the look you want.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
Candidates for thigh lifts should have significant excess skin on their inner and/or outer thighs due to weight fluctuations, aging or pregnancy. They need to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for their results, especially in regards to scarring. Ideally, candidates should be at a healthy BMI and have been at a stable weight for at least 6 months before getting a thigh lift.
Thigh Lift Recovery and Results
Most people will need to take 1-2 weeks off from work after a thigh lift. You may need to wear compression garments during your recovery. Expect to avoid strenuous activity for about 6 weeks after the procedure. You should have a good idea of your results after about 3 months, at which point the majority of swelling should be gone. During a consultation with Dr. Swetnam or Dr. Stubbs, they will discuss the surgical technique and what you can expect after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a thigh lift cost?
This varies based on numerous factors, including how much skin needs to be removed, if you are adding liposuction and if you are having other surgeries at the same time. The total cost will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility/OR fee, and may include other costs as well. To get an accurate estimate for your procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Swetnam or Dr. Stubbs.
Can a thigh lift help me lose weight?
It isn’t a weight loss procedure but you could lose pounds just based on the amount of skin removed. You will also look slimmer after. Just keep in mind that due to swelling, you may not notice as big of a difference as you’d anticipated right away.
How do I find the best thigh lift cosmetic surgeon near me?
Start by researching thigh lift cosmetic surgeons near you and go over their patient reviews. Stick to the best rated, then check out their websites to see their before and after photos of thigh lift patients to see if there are results that align with your goals. Next, schedule consultations with 2 to 3 surgeons you think will be a good fit and select the one who feels like the right person to partner with for your surgery.
What are the scars like after a thigh lift?
They tend to be quite large, though this varies based on the amount of skin removed. The visibility of the scars varies based on which parts of the thighs are treated. We work to place them in a way that minimizes visibility without compromising results.
How soon after bariatric surgery can I get a thigh lift?
When you had bariatric surgery isn’t the issue; it’s how long your weight has been stable. You need to have been within 5-10 pounds of your ideal weight for at least 6 months before you can get a thigh lift. For some people, this is a year after surgery. For others, it can be 2 years or more.
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