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Thigh Lift

“Restoring the contours you desire.”

Common name – Thigh Lift. Technical name/also known as – Thighplasty.

Benefits of a Thigh Lift

For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, excess skin may drape at the inner thigh, and in severe cases, down the leg towards the knee. A thigh lift removes the excess skin to firm the appearance of the inner thigh.

How it is done: How the thigh is lifted

Two types of thigh lift may be offered. The medial thigh lift places the scar in the crease of the groin and removes excess skin confined to the upper inner thigh. For skin that is loose and extends further down the leg, a vertical thigh lift may be performed. This also uses the scar in the groin crease, but also continues the scar down the inside of the leg towards the knee (think a hockey stick). In both cases, drains will be placed and removed later in the office a week or two after the surgery. A compression garment will need to be worn to help reduce swelling for about six weeks.

Upside

For a leg with significant excess skin, thigh lift helps restore the shape of the inner thigh. Patients report fitting better in pants, especially fitted ones.  Patients report an improved appearance with a slimmer, contoured leg.

Downside

The scar will be permanent, so for a vertical thigh lift, it will be visible if you wear shorts or short skirts. This is an operation with a difficult recovery period. The scar sits in the crease of the groin and can cause discomfort with walking and toileting. It is not uncommon to have a part of the skin separate and need additional time to heal.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

4 – 6 hours (depending on the extent of procedure).

Anesthesia used

General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.

In or out patient

Usually an overnight stay is required.

​Time​ until final appearance

3-5 months for swelling to resolve, a year for the scars to fade

Length of results

Varies, but should be long lasting if weight does not fluctuate. Changes with age are expected.

Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and pain may occur initially. Drains will be placed and removed after your surgery in the office. Wound healing delays requiring additional care such as dressings are common.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, bleeding, damage to nearby structures, need for additional operations, recurrence, incomplete improvement, asymmetry, dissatisfaction with result, permanent scars, unattractive scars, descent of scars, sensory changes, traction on or separation of the labia (for women), wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  To better understand why, please click here:

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“Patients love the improved contour of their legs.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell

Your Next Step

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to noon.

248-273-7700

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Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and pain may initially occur. Drains will be placed and removed after your surgery in the office. Wound healing delays requiring additional care such as dressings are common.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, bleeding, damage to nearby structures, need for additional operations, recurrence, incomplete improvement, asymmetry, dissatisfaction with result, permanent scars, unattractive scars, descent of scars, sensory changes, traction on or separation of the labia (for women), wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. To better understand why, please click here:  Smoking and Plastic Surgery

 

Recovery time

If healing proceeds as expected:

Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise) or until drains are removed. Outsource housework and child care while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out. Sitting frog-legged may feel more comfortable.

Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks or once drains are removed (whichever is last), but no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six weeks.

Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery.

Returning to Work

This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many women can return to sedentary work at three to four weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.

​Time​ until final appearance

3-5 months for swelling to resolve, a year for the scars to fade

Length of results

Varies, but should be long lasting if weight does not fluctuate. Changes with age are expected.

 

Other information

Because the incision is located in the groin crease, the recovery for this surgery is more challenging than most. Sitting, walking, using the bathroom—almost all activities can potentially put stress on the incisions as they heal. For this reason, it is very important to rest after the surgery and avoid too much early activity. It is imperative to have help at home after the surgery until you are able to get around easily.

Your appointment with Dr. DeLuca-Pytell

When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t forget:  it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

Contact us

Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Our phone number

  • 248-273-7700