What is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift, or a thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves a patient’s thighs’ proportionality in relation to their abdomen, buttocks, and legs. To achieve this, the surgeon tightens the skin to reduce the drooping of the inner and outer thigh.
Thigh lifts are particularly beneficial for patients looking to alter their shape while reducing sagging.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?
While no two candidates are alike, you may be an ideal thigh lift candidate if you fulfill the following criteria:
- You are in overall good physical and mental health
- You are a non-smoker
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure
- You would like to remove excess skin around the waistline without affecting your navel or abdominal muscles
- You are within 15 pounds of your ideal weight
Benefits of Having Thigh Lift surgery
People most often opt for thigh lift surgery because they have lost elasticity in their buttocks, hips, and thighs, their skin is sagging, dimples have appeared, or the appearance of their thighs has changed dramatically. The tangible benefits of thigh lift surgery include the following:
When your thighs don’t seem to be responding to exercise, thigh lift surgery can help restore firmer, shapelier, more youthful-looking legs.
Post thigh lift surgery, you will no longer have to contend with the chafing of your thighs against one another when you wear shorts or skirts.
If you find it difficult to exercise due to the size of your thighs or their lack of tone, thigh lift surgery can make it easier to get through a workout.
You may find that you feel more attractive and comfortable in a bathing suit after your thigh lift surgery, and clothing will simply fit better.
Thigh Lift Surgery Risks & Safety
Thigh lift surgery is relatively invasive. As with any surgery, there are some risks. These include:
- anesthesia intolerance
- bleeding and blood clots
- bruising and fluid accrual
- changes in skin sensation or numbness
- skin loss or discoloration
- bleeding, scarring, swelling, and soreness
How much will a thigh lift cost, on average?
Although the average cost of thigh lift surgery in the US is $5,171, this cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses. During your consultation, Dr. Egozi will help you determine your total cost.
How is a Thigh Lift Procedure Performed?
Although your procedure’s specifics will depend on what type of thigh lift you are undergoing, typically, an incision will be made, which allows Dr. Egozi to lift the skin, remove excess fat, and then retighten the skin. Following this, the leg is stitched up with deep sutures that support your new shape.
What are the Different Thigh Lift Types?
There are various types of thigh lift surgery geared at addressing different problems:
Mini-Anterior Thigh Lift
Lifts and tightens loose skin located on the upper inner thigh.
Medial Thigh Lift
Treats excess skin and fat on the inner thigh, contouring the area from the groin to the knee.
Lateral Thigh Lift
Removes excess fat and skin on the outer thigh, contouring the outer thighs and buttocks.
Thigh Lift Alternatives
EMSculpt and CoolSculpting are among the many nonsurgical body sculpting technologies available–schedule a consultation to learn more!
Why Choose Dr. Egozi as Your Thigh Lift Surgeon?
Dr. Egozi has been running a renowned cosmetic surgery practice since 2005, with his expertise spanning a wide range of aesthetic procedures–from noninvasive to surgical. Egozi Plastic Surgery facilities are state-of-the-art and are proudly counted among the foremost surgical centers in Tampa Bay.
Recovery Process After Thigh Lift Surgery
Some bruising and swelling may occur after thigh lift surgery and could linger for up to 1 month. Patients are generally advised to take 2-3 weeks off work to recover. Patients should remain bedridden for at least 10 days and keep their legs somewhat bent to reduce tension on the incision lines.
After the procedure, a dressing is applied to your incisions, and a compression garment is used to minimize swelling and support your new thigh contours. A small tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood. Any sutures will be removed 1-2 weeks post-op. Most patients return to all normal activities within 4-6 months.
Additional tips for optimal recovery:
- Avoid strenuous activities like running and heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks.
- To promote circulation and avoid blood clots, begin taking light walks early on.
- Take antibiotics and all other medications as instructed by Dr. Egozi.
- In order to reduce swelling, avoid high sodium foods, and consume a high-fiber diet.
- Don’t expose your scars to the sun for at least 3 months to prevent irritation and discoloration.
Schedule Your Tampa Bay Thigh Lift
Contact Dr. Egozi to schedule a consultation for thigh lift surgery in the Tampa Bay area. This appointment allows the patient to become more educated about the process and gives Dr. Egozi the opportunity to gather more information and make an accurate recommendation to achieve the patient’s desired results.