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Thigh Lift

Thigh lift - Surgical Skin Tightening - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

Thigh lift surgery is procedure that can be quite transforming for many individuals, especially those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have wrinkled, hanging skin on the inner or out thighs. Our Sarasota cosmetic surgeons are body contouring specialists that offer thigh lift surgery to remove the excess skin around the thighs, and tighten the underlying tissue to create a toned, smooth appearance. More and more men and women in the Sarasota and surrounding Florida communities consider this surgery as a part of their weight loss transformation. Some patients will incorporate a butt lift and/or tummy tuck with this surgery. The specific needs of the patient will be discussed during the initial consultation.

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, can 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 can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttock 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 surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 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 improve after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.

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Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2-3 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Thigh Lift FAQs

Cellulite Gone?

Thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Because the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulites or other skin irregularities on the upper legs. 

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 to 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. 

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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.

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