For patients who find that fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved their goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to their overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be an option. A thigh lift, also known as a thighplasty, reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat resulting in smoother skin, better contours of the thighs, and improved proportions of the lower body. Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat, but liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended. PeaceHealth Medical Group can perform either a medial thigh lift (a surgery to correct the sagging of the inner thigh) or an outer thigh lift (a surgery to correct sagging of the outer and mid-thigh) for patients in the Portland metro area, including Southwest Washington.
Thigh Lift Reviews
"3rd Procedure, Thighs Next. Vancouver, WA - Just got word that I'm approved for my thigh lift.In 2001 I weighed 347lbs, through a lot of work I now weigh 15 8lbs and am skin. I still have butt aND brest to do, this is the monster!I have had a tummy tuck and arm reduction, but having anxiety about my thighs. I know this is the big one....but I'm ready. Will document the journey."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 02, 2015
"You Guys, I HAVE A THIGH GAP!!! - For years the inner thigh part of my pants always wore thin and got holes. Then I lost 170+lbs. The excess skin was unreal! It was time to fix it. I went and saw Dr. Gabriel and he listened intently to everything I had to say, had a lot of questions then together we came up with a plan. The thigh lift was not as difficult or painful as I had anticipated. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a walk in..."- K. / RealSelf / Feb 04, 2018
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 accredited 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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- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 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.