A thighplasty, also called a thigh lift, reshapes the thighs and lower body by removing excess skin and tissue along the groin and inner thigh. This results in smoother skin and better proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. A thigh lift is ideal for patients who have excess skin in this area due to significant weight loss and can be the final step in your personal transformation. The average cost ranges from $7,500-$8,500.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you're at or close to your goal weight but struggling to achieve proportionate contours of the thighs and lower body, you might be a good candidate for a thighplasty.
Ideal candidates are at a stable weight but may have lost a significant amount of weight resulting in excess skin along the inner or outer thighs. Ideal thigh lift candidates don't smoke, are in good general health, and have realistic goals about their surgery.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for their comfort throughout the procedure—patients are asleep for the duration of surgery in our private, state-licensed operating room. Next, your surgeon will make an incision in the groin area which may extend along the inner thigh to the knee. Loose and excess skin is carefully removed. Sutures are used to close the incisions and are sealed with surgical glue. Finally, bandages will be applied to incision areas. You will be placed in a surgical compression garment to help control swelling and keep you more comfortable.
Most thigh lifts are outpatient procedures—you can typically go home with a trusted adult a few hours after the surgery. Incisions areas will be tight and tender for several days - swelling is to be expected. You will continue to wear your compression garment to control swelling and bruising for 4 weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to control pain and discomfort. You will be given specific instructions regarding wound and scar care as well as a medication schedule.
You should get plenty of rest during the first week after surgery. Light walking is encouraged to reduce the chances of blood clot; however, strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 weeks to ensure incision sites remain clean, dry, and allowed time to heal.
You should sleep with your legs slightly bent at the knee to reduce pressure on incision sites. You must avoid smoking, alcohol, strenuous exercise, sexual activity, squatting, and bending until advised otherwise.