About Thigh Lift Surgery
Weight loss is a great victory for any person. In some cases, women and men who reach their goal weight may require one more thing to finish their body transformation. Based on the amount of time you carried the extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, excess skin can be an added difficulty if the skin wasn't able to shrink to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are especially areas of trouble for most people. Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams offers surgical thigh lifts (also known as thighplasty) at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge, which removes extra skin on the outer and inner thighs to produce a more contoured, tighter look. Thigh lift surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone fighting sagging skin on the thighs.
Thigh lift surgery is a skin tightening and removal treatment that corrects excess skin. A thigh lift is best as a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is typically used on people who have lost at least 100 pounds. It's also helpful in older people who are fighting sagging skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body weight changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have loose, wrinkly, or hanging skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), a thigh lift can be a good option.
For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is usually administered. A surgical incision is then placed around the upper area of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh and torso meet. The incision often runs along to the middle section of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if wanted) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to excise the excess skin in the upper thigh. The skin will be stretched upward so it is taut and secured with sutures. In certain patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge corrects the whole thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.
What to Expect
A thigh lift takes around 2 – 3 hours to perform. As soon as the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home for recovery. There may be swelling, discomfort, and bruising during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and walk slowly, which is important for better blood circulation and faster healing. The total recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Williams will help your surgical incision to heal so it is less visible. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs may help you boost your confidence, and you can show off your thighs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different expenses, like facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and others. When Dr. Williams has developed your personal thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, he can then estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge will help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thigh lift easier to afford so you are able to concentrate on selecting an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon, like Dr. Williams.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and addressing stubborn fat pockets, it may improve the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your legs. If you're worried about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Williams know in your consultation so he can personalize your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Williams suggests you be at or near a healthy weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss what will make your thigh lift results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Some patients pair a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Williams about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical procedures to tone your skin and reduce fat, these may help with mild improvements. A surgical thigh lift is the best way to correct significant amounts of sagging skin and pockets of fat on your thighs. If you're considering nonsurgical treatments, ask Dr. Williams to give you more information in your initial consultation. He will explain the pros and cons of nonsurgical and surgical thigh lift options, plus his suggestions on which would better suit your needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
When you notice excess skin on your legs that create embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, LA to find out more about surgical thigh lifts. It's typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more cosmetic surgeries, particularly procedures that treat nearby areas, like a tummy tuck or a lift for the lower body, based on your unique needs. Schedule your appointment with cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams to get the toned look you want.