Weight loss can be a momentous event in a person’s life, but it can also create new challenges such as loose, sagging skin and excessive wrinkling. The thighs, in particular, will need to be addressed with a thigh lift in order to correct this problem. Houston’s board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lapuerta, uses this surgery to remove excess fat and skin from the thighs, then lift and reshape them to create a smoother and tighter appearance. The number of thigh lift procedures has almost quadrupled since 2007 due to the success of bariatric surgeries. Patients considering this surgery will need to be at or near their goal weight when they have their surgery performed at one of our facilities in Houston, Pearland, and Katy, TX.
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
The average cost for a thigh lift is between $5,500-$10,000. This price fluctuates depending on the extent of the surgery and whether another procedure was combined.