As we age, have weight fluctuations, or massive weight loss, the skin on our thighs can become loose and hanging despite regular exercise and a healthy diet. A thigh lift or thighplasty removes unwanted excess skin and tissue to improve the shape and contour of the thigh. Patients can feel more confident in form-fitting pants and less discomfort while exercising.
What are the different types of thigh lift surgery?
- Inner thigh – this is addressed through a thigh lift surgery
- Outer thigh – this a treated by a lower body lift.
Who is a candidate?
A healthy weight patient with hanging excess thigh skin.
A thigh lift procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia or heavy sedation. The procedure length ranges from 2 to 4 hours. The incision used is dependent on the amount of skin laxity. Mild laxity can be treated with an incision inside the thigh crease, along with the panty line. Severe laxity may require a longer incision placed inside the thigh, from the pubic area to above the knee. The excess skin is removed and the thigh is reshaped. Incisions are closed with sutures. Additional liposuction may be beneficial to remove excess fat. A light dressing is applied and a compression garment is placed. Some patients require a small drain placed for a few weeks after surgery. Patients may require an overnight stay at the hospital.
After surgery, patients are placed in a garment to reduce swelling. Patients will experience pain, swelling and bruising. Drains are removed after 1-3 weeks. Patients can usually return to work after one to two weeks. Patients can resume heavy exercise after 4 to 6 weeks. Full swelling may take several months to subside.
A thigh lift costs between $6,500 – $7,000. After your consultation with Dr. Carpin, a customized quote will be given.
Scaring, bruising, swelling and pain are the most common risks. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in the consultation.