Overview of Thigh Lifts

Because of the tremendous success and popularity of bariatric surgeries, the number of thigh lift procedures performed by cosmetic surgery practices in the United States has quadrupled in the last several years. A thigh lift by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® may dramatically alter the appearance of the upper legs with minimal or concealable scarring. The thighs are an area that may be troublesome if excessive loose skin hangs on the outer and inner thighs. At our practice, we trim the excess fat, tighten the skin, and reshape the contour of the thigh. This may be a life-changing procedure for individuals, who lose a significant amount of weight and have skin removal surgery to address their problem areas. Being able to wear shorts, bathing suits, skirts without embarrassment and feeling the warmth of the sun (especially in Arizona) on your legs may bring a lovely sense of confidence back into your life.

Surgical Technique

Thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. During this procedure, an incision will be made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.

Combination Procedures

A combination of lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, may be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift and a butt lift are the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. With this, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttock area. An incision may also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttocks, and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.

During/After Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to complete, but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients find their self-confidence improves after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.

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Recover Time 7days
Average Procedure Time 2-3hrs
Procedure Recovery Location Out-patient

Thigh Lift FAQs

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A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.

After-surgery workout?

Because this surgery is invasive, it is recommended that patients limit strenuous activities until fully recovered. Patients may go back to a normal (light) routine 3 – 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise should wait until about 6 – 8 weeks post-op. When all wounds are completely healed, patients may begin lower-body moves such as lunges or squats.

Long Term?

Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise routine will enjoy their surgical results for years. Pregnancy or any additional weight gain after this surgery could compromise the overall surgical effect. It is also advised that patients be at or near their goal weight before surgery.