Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, helps patients get rid of excess skin on the upper legs caused by aging, extreme weight loss, or other factors. In many cases, a thigh lift also includes the removal of excess fat through liposuction. Patients undergo thigh lift surgery in order to improve contour of the thighs and achieve more desirable proportions of the lower body. The ideal candidate for a thigh lift has sagging skin on their thighs. This “bunching” of skin can cause an unattractive appearance and uncomfortable feeling while wearing certain clothes or a bathing suit. Typical thigh lift patients are older women who want to restore a more youthful contour to the skin of the thigh and achieve a more proportionate figure. However, men and women in Tampa and Orlando who have lost a significant amount of weight often choose thigh lift surgery as part of a body lift. Central Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesh Nawada, encourages those looking to contour their lower body and have beautiful shapely legs to schedule a consultation at his practice in Winter Haven to find out if a thigh lift can help them.
"Dr. Nawada is hands down the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida. Prior to my surgery I was well informed and given 100% confidence. In result, my instincts were spot on selecting Dr. Nawada to perform my elaborate procedure. Surgery went smooth and follow up was very caring & professional. He is an artist that helped me gain my confidence back. Thank you Dr.Nawada & Amazing Nurses!!"- J. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2016
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"Like most people I did a lot of research before moving forward with both my procedures. I decided to come to Dr. Nawada after reading reviews and meeting with him and his staff. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Nawada is. His knowledge and experience speak volumes, his staff is amazing and really make you feel comfortable. I highly recommend that anyone at least go and talk to him about any procedure, you will not be disappointed."- S. / Healthgrades / Mar 07, 2018
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
The average cost for a thigh lift is between $5,500-$10,000. This price fluctuates depending on the extent of the surgery and whether another procedure was combined.
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A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.
Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients will need to make certain they are fully healed and gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.
The results of a thigh lift can be very long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results gained of the surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but most of the improvement will be permanent.