The cost of a thigh lift starts at $8,999.
It takes 3-4 weeks to return to most normal activities after a thigh lift. However, patients should wait up to 3 months to resume all normal activities, such as strenuous exercise.
It usually takes 2-3 hours to shape thighs that have excess fat and skin. The procedure changes the proportions of the thighs, making them lean, smooth, and firm. The procedure makes the lower body more proportionate and creates a youthful-looking appearance.
Have you tried diet and exercise to remove excess fat and tighten the skin on your inner or outer thighs, but nothing seems to work? Are you in good overall health and close to your ideal body weight, but your thighs deflate your confidence? If so, you are ready for a thigh lift.
A thigh lift is a good option for people who have excess or sagging skin on their thighs. If you have excess skin that won’t go away no matter what you try, a thigh lift may be the right option for you.
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Removes Excess Skin
Many women have excess skin on the thighs due to pregnancy and significant weight loss. The skin can also begin to sag as people age. A thigh lift removes the extra skin, restoring the shape of the thighs.
Creates a Smoother Contour
A thigh lift is not primarily a fat loss procedure. However, the surgeon can remove excess fatty depositions on the thighs. Once removed, the thighs are much smoother looking. This gives thigh lift recipients much-needed confidence.
Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Many people with excess skin also have stretch marks. Tightening the skin minimizes the appearance of stretch marks.
Reduces the Risk of Skin Infections
Excess skin isn’t just a cosmetic problem. The folds collect moisture, which can lead to infections. Removing the excess skin reduces the risk of infection.
Like all procedures, a thigh lift comes with the risk of potential complications. Dr. Mulholland has been performing thigh lift surgery for over 20 years and after this much experience, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Although Dr. Mulholland has not seen most of the risks listed below, these risks have been reported:
Bruising, Swelling and Numbness
Many patients experience bruising, swelling and numbness immediately following thigh lift surgery. These side effects are normal and generally go away within 1-2 weeks. Some patients may experience recurrent numbness.
Infections, Hematomas and Anesthesia Complications
Infections, hematomas, and anesthesia complications are potential risks for all surgical procedures. People who experience these complications will be treated accordingly after the thigh lift procedure.
Undesirable scarring can occur after a thigh lift. Dr. Mulholland will assess your skin type to determine how likely you are to end up with scars. He and the team at SpaMedica also strategically place incisions to minimize the appearance of scarring and if necessary, offer state of the art laser therapy to diminish the colour of the scar.
Asymmetry occasionally occurs with a thigh lift. Although rare, those who experience this complication may require a revision procedure to achieve the looks they want.
Dr. Mulholland of SpaMedica is one of the most trusted names in cosmetic surgery. He has made countless television appearances, has been the recipient of numerous awards, and teaches techniques to other surgeons. As a leader in his field, Dr. Mulholland has the trusted expertise you are looking for in a surgeon.
Dr. Mulholland performs anterior mini-inner thigh lifts, the extended medial, lateral thigh lifts at SpaMedica. These procedures address different problems:
Mini-Anterior Thigh Lift
Uses the groin crease to hide the scar and lifts and tightens only laxity of skin of the upper inner thigh.
Medial Thigh Lift
A medial thigh lift addresses problems with excess skin and fat on the inside of the thigh. The procedure contours the thigh from the groin to the knee.
Lateral Thigh Lift
A lateral thigh lift is used to remove excess fat and skin on the outer thigh. The outer thighs and buttocks are contoured with this thigh lift.
The tummy tuck process begins by administering anesthesia. Then, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell makes an incision. The incision’s location and size depend on the amount of excess fat and skin and the type of tummy tuck the patient is undergoing.
During the surgery, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell lifts the abdominal skin and repairs the weakened abdominal muscles. The surgeon then trims the excess skin and stitches it together, and also makes a new opening for the belly button. This must be done since the skin is tightened. Without the new opening, the belly button won’t be in a natural position.
The incisions are closed, and the patient is then sent to recovery. Patients will stay overnight for monitoring and can usually go home the following day.
Patients must prepare before undergoing a thigh lift. Preparation for a thigh lift includes:
● Lab testing
● Medical evaluation
● Stopping smoking
● Stopping medications that thin the blood
It is normal to experience bruising, numbness, and some discomfort immediately following a thigh lift procedure. Symptoms should dissipate within 1-2 weeks.
While patients can expect to feel sore after the procedure, most people go home the same day. Patients need a driver to take them home, as driving is restricted for the first 10 days following the procedure.
Patients go home with drains in the incision sites. The drains remove excess fluids and reduce the occurrence of swelling. It’s also possible that patients will need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. This promotes healing and reduces swelling.
Patients will likely need oral pain medication for the first week following the procedure. It’s also important to restrict movement at this time.
Patients will attend a follow-up visit during the first week after surgery. The surgeon or the post- op nursing team will evaluate their progress and give them a timeline for recovery. Most people can resume most normal activities after 2-3 weeks. However, it may take a full 6 months for the swelling to completely go down.
Patients experience a moderate level of pain when undergoing a thigh lift. Pain is managed with oral medications.
Many patients noticed a modest reduction in cellulite after a thigh lift. However, cellulite may reappear after the site heals. Dr. Mulholland can combine a thigh lift with a cellulite reduction procedure in order to get rid of cellulite for good.
The results are permanent as long as patients maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. However, it is normal for the skin to lose some elasticity as people age, some patients may experience slight sagging as they get older and a recurrence of thigh skin laxity, but never as bad as it was before the lift.