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.
Thigh Lift Reviews
"Older Woman, 57, with Severe Sagging Thigh Skin with Fatty Nodules. - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Engel is very intelligent and knowledgeable. His bedside manner is only surpassed by his outstanding skill in the surgery suite. He is dedicated to his patients and takes all the time necessary to do things so they meet his high quality standards. I was very pleased with my entire experience. Dr. Engel is very warm, caring and trustworthy...with a sense of humor. I hold him in high regard and do recommend his practice without hesitation. - - I had very, very ugly and unsightly thighs. There were visible lumps of fatty tissue with drapes of loose skin. I am not overweight but I could only wear pants or a long dress or skirt. Without surgery my life would continue to be less than fully lived. I have researched the thigh lift and understand it is the most difficult procedure for both patient and surgeon. It is imperative you decide on a board certified specialist for this procedure or risk some very sad and disappointing results.My surgeon, Dr. Scott Engel MD, is, in my humble opinion, the very best in his field. My legs are beautiful! You cannot imagine my delight going from practically deformed to looking 10 years younger with very tight, shapely legs. Without a doubt you need to consult with Dr. Engel in Sarasota FL before deciding on your surgery specialist. You will be very pleased indeed!"- A. / RealSelf / May 12, 2014
"Much Needed Thigh Lift and Eye Lid (Upper and Lower) - Sarasota, FL - I have had a great experience with Dr. Brian Derby. He is always concerned and caring. He never seems to be rushed and takes his time answering questions and explaining things. - - I couldn't be happier with the results of my thigh lift. I have had inner thigh problems every since my gastric bypass weight loss. With the results of my procedure I can now wear shorts and a swimsuit without being embarrassed of the flabby skin. I have had an issue with a seroma in my right leg, but nothing that Dr. Derby hasn't been able to find a solution to. The eye lid surgery was a success as well. I look much younger and I no longer have bags under my eyes. Everyone kept asking me if I was tired because I always looked it. I no longer have that problem"- N. / RealSelf / Jun 09, 2016
"I was seeking consultation for a tummy tuck, breast reduction/lift, liposuction, inner thigh lifting and rhinoplasty (broke my nose a couple times). After much research, I chose Dr. Engel, as he was highly rated. I was extremely comfortable with Dr. Engel and his staff. I have underwent three surgeries since 2014 w/Dr. Engel. To say I am elated is an understatement. LOOK NO MORE....Dr. Engel is your surgeon!!"- M.I. / Healthgrades / Jan 22, 2019
"My deepest gratitude for surgical skill and technical expertise - Five stars for Dr. Scott Engel of Sarasota Plastic Surgery. I’m a 70-year-old woman who recently had an arm lift and thigh lift at the same time. Dr. Engel did such a fantastic job that I now feel like I am once again the woman I was meant to be. As I grew older and my skin began to sag, I felt less and less confident in who “I” was. I would never have done it just to look younger or for a..."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 27, 2017
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.
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.
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
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Thigh Lift FAQs
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.
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.
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.