A thigh lift, called thighplasty, is an advanced cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat resulting in smoother skin and slimmer, more proportionate thighs. Excess skin and fat on the thighs, generally caused by massive weight loss and/or genetics, often leads to emotional and aesthetic concerns.
- Inner (medial) thigh lift: Incision placed in the groin fold
- Vertical thigh lift: Vertical incision at the groin that extends to the inner knee
- Outer thigh lift: Incision that starts at the groin and continues around the hip
Sometimes, multiple types of thigh lift are performed at the same time. Which thigh lift or combination of thigh lifts is right for you depends on several factors including the amount of fat and skin that needs to be removed and your skin quality.
This surgery is performed under general and/or local anesthesia and may last several hours depending on the complexity level and incision type. Thighplasty is often performed on an outpatient basis, however, it may require a hospital stay depending on some factors.
Recovery from thigh lift may last anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on the type performed. Bruising, swelling and redness are common side effects of the procedure and can be minimized with pain medication and compression garments. Drainage tubes are often used to reduce swelling and remove excess fluid. The results of thigh lift surgery are visible immediately with the final shape apparent within three months.
Thigh lift surgery may be performed alone or combined with popular procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck, arm lift, body lift or breast enhancement.
Individuals who have saggy, dimpled skin and excess fat on their thighs may be the best candidates for thigh lift surgery. During a comprehensive consultation in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem can help determine your eligibility for thigh lift surgery or other body contouring procedure. Contact Dr. Anne Nickodem at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule your consultation today!