About Thigh Lift Surgery
Are your thighs, specifically the skin on the upper or outer thighs, an area of concern? Dallas, TX Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. A Jay Burns offers thigh lift surgery (known as thighplasty) for men and women wanting to trim away the excess on their thighs. The appearance of loose skin on the inner or outer thigh, no matter how limited or severe, may be a real challenge to correct with leg day at the gym or a strict diet. Your loose skin may not adapt to the new you or the shape of your thighs after weight loss. Dr. Burns can resculpt the skin on your thighs by eliminating loose skin. We have seen a rise in the request of this type of plastic surgery in recent years with the successful outcomes of bariatric surgery. Patients, who have had weight loss surgery or drop weight rapidly, tend to battle loose skin in the process. Even with a strict exercise routine, skin that has lost its elasticity may only be remedied with a surgical intervention. At our practice in Dallas, we would like to consult with you privately to discuss how we can help you achieve your physical transformation after weight loss or to just tighten up aging skin with a thigh lift with Dr. Burns.
Thigh lift surgery is considered an after weight loss procedure. It is often performed on patients who have lost 100 pounds or more, but is also popular among older adults who are battling loose skin due to age, as well as with women whose weight fluctuated before and after a pregnancy. If you have loose, wrinkly, or hanging skin on the upper thigh, inner or outer thigh, this surgery may be an option. Please keep in mind that if cellulite is your main concern, there are other nonsurgical procedures that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Thighplasty is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that addresses loose skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Procedure Recovery Location
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is used. An incision is made near the top of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh meets the torso. This incision usually extends down to the midway point of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if needed) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as trim away all loose skin at the top of the thigh area. The remaining skin will be pull upward, the underlying tissue and surface skin tightened, and safely secured with sutures. In some cases, an incision may be necessary on the outer thigh area or underneath the buttock, depending on the amount of tissue being removed and addressed. This surgery reshapes the entire thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
Thighplasty takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete. Once the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to recover. There is usually swelling, bruising, and discomfort associated with the immediate recovery, but within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The overall recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. During this time, at-home wound care will help the incision to heal properly. You will love the look and feel of your thighs after this surgery. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs will help you regain your self-confidence and show your legs with pride.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have loose skin on your thighs that causes you anxiety or embarrassment when your legs are exposed, we invite you to call our office to learn more about thigh lift surgery. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other body contouring procedures, especially ones that address the lower body such as abdominoplasty or a lower body lift, depending on your specific condition. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Burns and get the tighter appearance you desire!