Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, specializes in body contouring procedures for Individuals with loose and sagging skin. For bariatric weight loss patients, in particular, he offers thigh lift surgery to help tone the inner and out thighs and create a smoother skin appearance after a significant weight loss. Also known as thighplasty, this procedure trims the excess skin around the thighs and tightens the remaining underlying tissue. This allows both men and women to have a natural and normal appearing silhouette in the thigh area. For many weight loss patients, this surgery is a step towards their final weight loss transformation.
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The best candidates for a thigh lift are those who are at or near their goal weight and whose weight loss is stable. Patients that have loose skin hanging from the inner and/or outer thigh would be candidates for this. Because thighplasty is a skin tightening surgery, patients who simply wish to remove fat, but otherwise have good skin laxity, will be better suited for a liposuction procedure. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening is usually incorporated in a thigh lift.
What to Expect
During a thigh lift surgery, the most common incision point places the incisions in the groin and in many cases, depending on the amount of skin to be removed, extends downward. The hanging skin is trimmed away and removed and the underlying tissue is re-draped and tightened. Depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Stephenson will either perform a medial thigh lift targeting the inner thigh, or a lateral tight lift, which targets the outer thigh. Patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. This combination approach is sometimes incorporated into an overall lower body lift for severe skin sagging.
Thigh lift surgery, if performed alone, takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. The recovery for a thigh lift is somewhat slow, but this is primarily due to the incisions. On average, patients can expect to return to light activities within 2 weeks, and a full recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Depending on how much skin was removed, there may be scars that are evident outside of the groin area. Proper scar care is needed for the scars to heal safely. Because of newly enhanced thighs and a slimmer thigh appearance, patients find that their self-confidence improves greatly after this surgery.
Get the Silhouette You Deserve
Thigh lift surgery has changed the lives of countless men and women who have battled loose and sagging skin in the thighs. This unsightly appearance creates anxiety when wearing shorts and makes wearing everyday clothing difficult. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, has the credentials to create gorgeous results for patients seeking body contouring. Please call our office today to learn more.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location