What Is A Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery has become very popular these days due to the success of bariatric weight-loss surgeries. While weight loss can be a momentous event in a person’s life, it can also create new challenges such as sagging skin and excessive wrinkling. Dr. Rolando Morales is a highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon in the Houston, TX area that understands how important this surgery can be for a weight loss patient. During surgery, he creates beautiful results by removing excess fat and skin from the thighs and lifting and reshaping the skin to create a smoother and tighter appearance. Individuals considering this surgery will need to be at or near their goal weight.
Thigh Lift Reviews
"Extended tummy tuck/body lift with medial thigh lift - Dr. Morales is the best! I highly recommend him. His bedside manner is very caring and attentive. He is very thorough in answering all questions and taking his time with you. He is also very talented and my results far exceeded my expectations. My pain was minimal and my recovery has been a lot better than I could have hoped for. I am 8 days post op and my results are unbelievable and I know..."- B. / RealSelf / May 30, 2018
"I began a weight loss journey about three years ago. After changing my lifestyle, eating right and exercising regularly, I lost over 100 pounds in a year. Although I was incredibly happy with the changes in my body, it wasn't the image I had in my head. I had excess skin that no amount of working out was going to tighten up. So I came to see Dr. Morales about abdominoplasty and an inner thigh lift. I was incredibly anxious and to be honest a little weary but from the moment I walked in the office I felt like I was part of the family. I laughed and I cried at the first consultation and I knew I had found the right practice and more importantly the right surgeon to help me finish what I had started! I had a couple more appointments before the big day and my biggest concern was recovery. Dr. Morales was with me every step of the way and answered every silly question, and calmed every silly anxiety, through the whole process from the first consultation through every follow up appointment. My surgery was a year and a half ago and I could not be happier with the results. I have gained a confidence that I had no idea was buried deep inside, and I continue to work at being healthy each and every day and am in the best shape of my life. I am even running the Houston Half Marathon next weekend. I am so thankful for the support and encouragement from Dr. Morales and would recommend him to anyone who was considering a procedure for whatever reason. As soon as you meet him you will not regret it!"- B.N. / Google / Jan 23, 2014
Thigh Lift Surgical Technique
A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. It may be performed with other body contouring procedures such as an arm or breast lift. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be performed at once safely. There are several techniques used for a thigh lift, but the technique used depends on the excess skin, and whether there is vertical or circumferential laxity. When there is strictly vertical excess, the scar is concealed in the groin crease. When there is circumferential excess of skin, a vertical scar is placed at the most inner part of the upper leg.
Dressings are typically applied over the incisions and carefully wrapped in a supportive bandage. There are typically no sutures to remove because there are multiple layers of self-absorbing sutures below the skin. Small, outside suture tails are trimmed within 7 – 10 days. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for about two months. It can take a few months for swelling to clear up, and scars to fade over time.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Thigh Lift FAQs
Combine With Other Procedures?
The thigh lift is often combined with other body contouring procedures such as a breast or arm lift. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be done safely as it relates to surgical recovery and the amount of time the surgery takes.
Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, it is very unusual for insurance companies to approve this procedure. Insurance companies often require documented symptoms, such as skin breakdown, infections, and limiting normal activity.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard thigh lift is 2-3 weeks.
When Can I Exercise Again?
The average return to routine lower body exercise is no sooner than 2 months. Post-operative swelling usually persists for several months after thigh lift surgery.
Should I have Lipo or a Lift?
If excess skin is the problem and not excess fat, a thigh lift is the better option. Patients who are good candidates for a thigh lift usually have stretched out skin that will not retract after liposuction. If liposuction is performed in this case, there would only be more excess loose skin.