About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is a great victory for any person. However, women and men who reach their goal weight may need one more step to finish their body transformation. Depending on how long you carried the extra weight and how much weight you lost, sagging skin may be a separate issue if the skin was not able to shrink to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs are especially an area of concern for most patients. Novato, CA plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer thigh lift surgery (also known as thighplasty) at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato, which removes extra skin on the outer and inner thighs to produce a more contoured, tighter appearance. Thigh lift surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients fighting sagging skin on the thighs.
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Thigh lift surgery is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that corrects extra skin. A thigh lift is best as an after weight loss procedure. It is typically performed on patients who have lost at least 100 pounds. It is also popular in older women and men who are fighting sagging skin due to age, as well as with women whose body weight changed due to pregnancy. If you have excess or wrinkly skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), a thigh lift may be an option. Please bear in mind that if cellulite is your main issue, we can suggest other procedures that may help improve the appearance of cellulite.
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is usually administered to the patient. An incision is made around the upper area of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh and torso meet. This incision often runs down to the middle point of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if wanted) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as to excise all loose skin at the upper thigh. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it is taut and safely secured with sutures. In certain cases, an incision may be necessary on the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato reshapes the whole thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
A thigh lift takes around 2 – 3 hours to complete. As soon as the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home for recovery. There may be discomfort, bruising, and swelling during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and walking slowly, which is important for better blood circulation and faster healing. The total recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will help the incision to heal so it is less visible. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs may help you boost your confidence, and you can display your legs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will include many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. When Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas has created your personal thigh lift plan in your consultation, we will be better able to estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Associates Novato can help you find low-interest financing that will make your thigh lift easier to afford so you can focus on selecting a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and addressing excessive fat deposits, it may improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your legs. If you are worried about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas know during your consultation so they can personalize your surgical plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. We suggest you be at or near a healthy, sustainable weight before surgery so it is easier to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, we will give you advice on what you can do to make your thigh lift results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Some patients pair a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift in a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to us about all your concerns and goals so we can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical procedures to reduce fat and tone your skin, they may help with small improvements. A surgical thigh lift is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of sagging skin and pockets of fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical treatments, ask for more information during your consultation. We will explain the benefits and drawbacks of nonsurgical and surgical thigh lift options, as well as our suggestion on which would better suit your goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have extra skin on your legs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA to learn more about surgical thigh lifts. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other cosmetic procedures, especially procedures that treat the lower body, like a tummy tuck or a lower body lift, depending on your unique cosmetic goals. Schedule your consultation with us today, and get the toned appearance you desire.