Overview

Excess fat and loose skin around the thighs prove very difficult to work off and cause discomfort for many patients. Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, helps patients get rid of excess skin on the upper legs caused by aging or extreme weight loss. In many cases, a thigh lift also includes the removal of excess fat through liposuction. Patients undergo thigh lift surgery in order to improve contour of the thighs and achieve more desirable proportions of the lower body. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth O. Rothaus, specializes in creating beautiful results for his thigh lift patients. He uses modern advanced surgical techniques to create a smoother and tighter skin appearance in the thighs. For many, this surgery is often a final step in their weight loss transformation.

Best Candidates

The best candidates for a thigh lift are those who are at or near their goal weight and whose weight loss is stable. Patients that have loose skin hanging from the inner and/or outer thigh would be candidates for this. Because thighplasty is a skin tightening surgery, patients who simply wish to remove fat, but otherwise have good skin laxity, will be better suited for a liposuction procedure. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening is usually incorporated in a thigh lift.

What To Expect

During a thigh lift surgery, the most common incision point places the incisions in the groin and in many cases, depending on the amount of skin to be removed, extends upward towards the abdomen or downward along the inner thigh. The hanging skin is trimmed away and removed and the underlying tissue is re-draped and tightened. Depending on the needs of the patient, our doctor will either perform a medial thigh lift targeting the inner thigh, or a lateral tight lift, which targets the outer thigh. Patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. This combination approach is sometimes incorporated into an overall lower body lift for severe skin sagging.

During/After Surgery

Thigh lift surgery, if performed alone, takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. The recovery for a thigh lift is somewhat slow, but this is primarily due to the incisions. On average, patients can expect to return to light activities within 2 weeks, and a full recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Depending on how much skin was removed, there may be scars that are evident outside of the groin area. Proper scar care is needed for the scars to heal safely. Because of newly enhanced thighs and a slimmer thigh appearance, patients find that their self-confidence improves greatly after this surgery.

Get The Silhouette You Deserve

Thigh lift surgery has changed the lives of countless men and women who have battled loose and sagging skin in the thighs. This unsightly appearance creates anxiety when wearing shorts and makes wearing everyday clothing difficult. Our talented team has the credentials to create gorgeous results for patients seeking body contouring. Please call our office today to learn more.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time: 3-4 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient