Thigh Lift

The thighs can be very challenging areas to tone and sculpt. Many people hold excess weight in their upper legs, and furthermore, significant weight loss and aging can cause thigh skin to sag over time. Thigh lift surgery – or thighplasty – helps smooth, tighten, lift, and tone the upper legs by excising excess skin and fat.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Thigh Lift Benefits:

  • Sculpted, slimmer-looking thighs

  • Boosted self-confidence

  • Reduced skin discomfort and chafing

  • Improved mobility

  • Long-lasting results

What to Expect

During thigh lift surgery, we reshape and sculpt the thighs by removing excess skin and fat. While liposuction can effectively spot-treat fatty deposits in the legs where skin tension is good, a thighplasty is more appropriate for patients who have excess skin and fat.

Before the procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your surgical goals and medical history. We will take photographs, review your medical records, and take measurements and photographs. Based on a variety of factors, your plastic surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment to meet your unique goals.

On the day of your thigh lift, you will come to our ambulatory surgery center in Flagstaff and be checked in. We’ll run a few final diagnostic tests, including weighing you, and you’ll talk to your surgeon to go over the surgical plan one last time. Once everything is prepared, you will be taken to the operating room and provided with IV sedation or general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist.

Based on your anatomy and goals, your surgeon will then make incisions in the groin that are hidden by the bikini line. There are a variety of incision patterns including:

  • The inner thigh lift groin incision (mini thigh lift) extends transversely across the inner groin. This is a good option for patients with small to moderate amounts of extra skin that are mainly located near the top of the inner thigh.
  • The inner thigh lift vertical incision (medial thigh lift) extends from the groin to the inner knee and allows your surgeon to remove redundant tissue from the full length of the inner thigh.
  • The outer thigh lift incision runs from the inner groin, over the hip, and across the back. This pattern allows your surgeon to target stubborn fat deposits and sagging skin in the outer portions of the thigh.

Through these incisions, your plastic surgeon will remove excess fat, before stretching the skin into a tighter and more lifted position, excising excess skin, and closing the incision. Thigh lifts may be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat in the legs.

Patients can expect to notice smoother contours in their thighs immediately, as well as some swelling and bruising during the healing process. Final results are usually seen within the first few months of recovery. Results from thigh lift procedures are generally long-lasting, as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Thigh Lift Recovery and Aftercare

Most patients feel fully recovered within six to eight weeks of their thigh lift procedure and are ready to return to work after two to three weeks.

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: Keep your incisions clean and dry to prevent infection. You can shower after 48 hours but avoid bathing or submerging your body in water for six weeks.

  • Compression: We will provide you with a compression garment to wear for several weeks following your procedure to prevent fluid build-up and aid healing.

  • Medications: We’ll prescribe pain medication to help you feel more comfortable. Applying ice packs can help reduce swelling and discomfort.

  • Exercise: It’s important to rest for the first two weeks and minimize movement aside from walking. Listen to your body and avoid movements that cause tension on your incisions or cause pain. Walking after any surgical procedure helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Avoid strenuous activities for four weeks.

  • Scar Massage: After two weeks, once your incisions are fully healed, we’ll advise you to gently massage the scar areas. This can improve the appearance of your incision lines and promote healing. Don’t worry about buying an expensive scar cream. Any gentle moisturizer, like Aquaphor or cocoa butter, will do the job.

  • Sun Protection: Wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure on the incision areas to help keep your skin healthy and improve scar healing.

  • Laser Treatments: Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help improve the appearance of scars and reduce cellulite, and based on how you’re healing we may perform these during your follow-up appointments.

Thigh Lift FAQs

The national average for a thigh lift is $5,300, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This does not include fees associated with anesthesia, facility fees, and other expenses. Before your procedure, it’s important to talk to your surgeon about your final fee so you aren’t surprised by hidden costs down the road.

Good candidates for thigh lift surgery are generally in good health, non-smoking, and at a stable weight. BMI is also a consideration. It’s important for patients to have realistic goals for what they can achieve with cosmetic surgery, and to be committed to making healthy lifestyle choices to maximize their results.

Yes! We offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

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Book Your Thigh Lift Appointment

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