About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. But people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally need one additional step to finalize their appearance. Depending on how long you had extra weight and how much weight you lost, extra skin may be a separate problem if the skin was not able to mold to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs are specifically an area of concern for a lot of patients. Atlanta, GA surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence offers thigh lift surgery (also called thighplasty) at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured appearance. Thighplasty surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients who don't want hanging skin on the thighs.
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A thigh lift is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that improves the appearance of sagging skin. Thighplasty is typically an after weight loss procedure. It is commonly performed on patients who have lost 100 or more pounds. It is also popular for older men and women who are concerned about excess skin due to age, as well as with women whose body shape changed due to pregnancy. If you have hanging, loose or wrinkly skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), thigh lift surgery may be a big help. Please remember that if cellulite is your main problem, Dr. Lawrence can suggest other procedures that are designed to help decrease the appearance of cellulite.
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is commonly administered. An incision is made close to the top portion of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh attaches to the torso. This incision typically continues down to the midpoint of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if necessary) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as to trim all loose skin at the top thigh area. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it is tight and safely secured with sutures. In specific cases, an incision may be necessary for the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery reshapes the complete thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to complete. After the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to begin your recovery. There is typically bruising, discomfort, and swelling during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Lawrence will help the incision to heal well. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs can help raise your self-esteem, and you can reveal your legs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will consist of many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. As soon as Dr. Lawrence has created your custom thigh lift surgical plan in your consultation, she will be better able to estimate your costs. Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your thighplasty more affordable so you can focus on working with a skilled doctor, like Dr. Lawrence.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and correcting excessive fat, it can improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your thighs. If you are interested in addressing cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Lawrence know during your consultation so she can adjust your surgical plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Lawrence recommends you be at or near a stable weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will explain what you can do to make your surgical results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift in a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Lawrence about all your concerns and goals so she can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical options for skin tightening and fat reduction, they can help with small improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Lawrence for more information during your consultation. She will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as her opinion on which would be the best fit with your goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have hanging skin on your inner or outer thighs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to learn more about thighplasty. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other contouring procedures, especially surgeries that correct the lower body, including stomach surgery or a lower body lift, depending on your individual goals. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Lawrence and get the slimmer appearance you desire.