The thighs are one of the most challenging areas of the body to firm and tone just through diet and exercise, especially as age and gravity become harder to fight. Additionally, if you’ve recently undergone major weight loss, you may notice excess skin and tissue through the inner and outer thigh that no amount of squats or lunges can eliminate. A thigh lift restores a smoother, firmer appearance to the upper leg for better proportions and a more youthful look.
Recognized as a body contouring specialist and one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the Mobile-Pensacola metro area, Dr. James Koehler is a board certified cosmetic surgeon serving patients from Gulfport to Gulf Shores and beyond. In addition to thigh lifts, Dr. Koehler offers a wide range of plastic surgery procedures for both men and women, and is known for his caring commitment to a patient-first approach.
Are You a Candidate?
The best candidates for a thigh lift notice sagging skin, excess tissue or a general loss of firmness and tone in their inner or outer thighs even after reaching their target weight. Both men and women can make good candidates for thigh lift surgery if they’re in good general physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results.
About Thigh Lifts
The body changes over the course of a lifetime, sometimes dramatically. Weight fluctuations can cause skin to stretch out repeatedly and lose elasticity, while the aging process combined with gravity further contributes to sagging and droopiness in the skin and supportive tissues. A thigh lift removes this excess for a slimmer look that can help accentuate weight loss, reveal muscle tone and improve skin appearance and texture.
There are several options when it comes to a thigh lift:
- Inner Thigh Lift: Known as a medial thigh lift, this surgery specifically addresses skin and tissue on the inner thighs, contouring the entire area running from groin to inner knee.
- Stocking Seam Inner Thigh lift: This is a more extensive thigh lift and is used most commonly in patients with significant weight loss where the thigh laxity extends all the way down to the knee. The incision is in the groin region as well as along the inner thigh and sometimes arcross the knee to remove excessive laxity in the thighs.
- Outer Thigh Lift: An outer thigh lift, or lateral thigh lift, is more complex and typically includes some recontouring of the buttocks in addition to addressing the outer thighs as part of a full body lift.
Either type of thigh lift may incorporate liposuction to further enhance the results of your surgery. Thigh lifts may also be included as part of a mommy makeover, or combined with a tummy tuck for more refined contouring throughout the lower body. It’s also common to include a thigh lift with as part of post-weight loss body contouring.
Thigh Lift Costs
At our practice, the cost of a thigh lift starts at $6,000. Your price may vary depending on your specific goals and whether additional procedures are performed at the same time. Dr. Koehler and his staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery pricing and help you fully understand the costs associated with your thigh lift.
What to Expect
Your thigh lift begins with a consultation, which gives Dr. Koehler a chance to talk with you about your hopes for surgery. Your consultation will also include a physical evaluation to determine the level of correction needed and the surgical approach that will work best for your body.
Depending on the type of thigh lift being performed, incision placement may be hidden in the natural crease where your upper thigh meets your groin or extend from groin up and over the hip. In either case, Dr. Koehler places the incisions as unobtrusively as possible so they can be discreetly hidden by clothing and swimsuits.
Next, excess fatty tissue is removed, sometimes with the help of liposuction. Lipo can be performed directly on the thighs, or used in the surrounding areas in order to ensure a naturally tapered transition following surgery. Lax skin is excised, allowing Dr. Koehler to smooth and tighten the remaining skin over your new contours before closing and dressing your incisions.
Dr. Koehler asks patients to wear a special compression garment to help dispel swelling and prevent fluid buildup, sometimes in combination with post-surgical drains. Compression can also help you feel more comfortable in the early stages of the healing process. It’s also important to engage in mild activity, like walking, during recovery to help prevent blood clots, although more strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks.
Risks and Complications
Both inner and outer thigh lifts carry a chance of risks, which may include concerns like having an adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection or unfavorable scarring, which are all possible issues that are associated with any surgery. More serious complications are rare, but possible. Dr. Koehler will go over all the risks and benefits with you before your thigh lift so you’re fully informed about what to expect.
Your New Look
You should see an improvement in the shape of your thighs immediately after surgery, although your final results will take several months to fully develop. Your skin should feel smoother and look firmer, along with an overall improvement in quality and texture. As long as you continue practicing good dietary and exercise habits and maintain your current weight, you should enjoy your thigh lift results long-term.