Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) in Northern Virginia
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what is a thigh lift?
Our skilled team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery is thrilled to provide men and women in Northern Virginia with a variety of cosmetic options to enhance their look. Those who are unable to achieve a tighter silhouette to their upper legs with diet and exercise alone may be a good candidate for thigh lift surgery. This procedure removes loose skin from the inner thigh for a more defined look. In some cases, liposuction may be included. If a significant amount of liposuction is required, your surgeon may recommend first having thigh liposuction, and then coming back for a second operation to remove the extra skin from the thigh.
The two thigh lift options are a medial thigh lift or a vertical thigh lift. The medial thigh lift is for excess skin confined to the upper 1/3 of the inner thigh and that incision lays in the natural groove between the pubic bone and thigh. A vertical thigh lift is for patients with skin beyond the upper 1/3 of the inner thigh, and the incision for vertical thigh lift is down the inside of the thigh from the groin to the knee area. Call our Reston, VA office to learn more about how thigh lift surgery can help you.
What Are the Benefits of a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery performed at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery by one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons is an excellent option for individuals in the Reston, VA area who want to remove and tighten excess skin around the inner and outer thighs. Benefits of this procedure include:
- Removing excess and loose skin
- Reducing surplus fat
- Toning and tightening the thighs
- Improving the profile of the body
- Minimizing the look of cellulite
- Decreasing the appearance of stretch marks
- Cutting down on chafing and rubbing
- Boosting confidence and self-image
- Achieving significant and long-lasting results
am i a candidate for a thigh lift?
The ideal candidates for surgical skin tightening of the thigh are:
- Men and women who have stretch marks and loose skin of their inner thigh
- Men and women who have had significant weight loss and have maintained their goal weight
- Men and women who are in overall good health and do not smoke
how is a thigh lift performed?
Thigh lift surgery is performed quite often, and is particularly common after weight loss. The surgery can be performed in an outpatient setting, but if combined with another procedure, an overnight stay at our surgical center may be encouraged. The incision for the thigh lift varies from patient to patient depending on what type of thigh lift is being performed (medial vs. lateral), as well as the amount, location, and severity of the loose skin being removed. This cosmetic procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and usually takes 1 – 3 hours in the operating room. Most patients take off work for 1-2 weeks.
what to expect after a thigh lift
After a thigh lift, swelling and bruising will be evident for a few weeks. Scar care is initiated from early on, and the scar will initially be red or pigmented, but will mature and look better each month. The scar fades significantly after 1-2 years. Most patients are back doing regular activity by 3 weeks and can resume physical exertion around 6 weeks. Postop photos are taken at 3 months typically.
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Thigh Lift FAQs
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will incorporate several fees, including facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and more. As soon as a member of our experienced team of surgeons has developed your unique thigh lift surgical plan during your consultation, they will be better able to estimate your costs. Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can help you locate low-interest medical financing, which will make your thigh lift more affordable, so you are able to focus on getting the results you want from an experienced plastic surgeon like the members of our dedicated team.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is the best choice to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift calls for skin tightening and addressing excessive fat, it may improve the appearance of cellulite and skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your legs. If you're interested in addressing cellulite or stretch marks, let us know during your consultation so we can adjust your treatment plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Our surgeons recommend you be at or near a healthy, stable weight prior to surgery so it's easy to maintain your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy after a thighplasty can alter your results. In your consultation, we will give you advice on what you can do to make your thigh lift results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Yes, you can. Some patients pair a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. In your consultation, talk to us about all your wants and goals so we can develop a surgical plan that gives you the results you want.