A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, can help address extra tissue and hanging skin in the thighs that can give a displeasing appearance. Thighs can be extremely resistant to improvements with diet and exercise, and therefore thigh lift surgery is sometimes the only option to achieve the shape you want.
Unshapely thighs can be secondary to excess skin (often present after significant changes in weight), excess fat, or both excess skin and fat. The removal of excess skin does come at the cost of a scar, but Dr Jason takes every measure to ensure that the incision is closed as meticulously as possible to give you the best possible scar. Dr. Jason Roostaeian ensures that the scar is always placed in the least visible position while still giving you the optimal contour. Typically the scar for a thigh lift is best concealed by placing it in the upper thigh close to the groin or along the inner edge of the thigh. The length and location of the scar really depends on where the excess skin is located. Some patients only have extra fat in their thighs with good skin elasticity and therefore are candidates for thigh liposuction alone where scarring is minimal.
Thigh Lift Surgery Facts
+ Length Of Thigh Lift Surgery: Usually 3-4 hours.
+ Length Of Stay: Can be outpatient unless combined with other procedures.
+ Thighplasty Recovery: Your legs will be tight and swollen for about 2 weeks. You will wear a garment to help with this swelling. You will be up and about within the same day; start showering in two days; stitches are dissolvable; bruising mostly gone by 1 week; back to work if not strenuous after 1-2 weeks; avoid any exercise or significant increase in your heart rate for 2 weeks. You can restart gentle exercise routine at 6 weeks and return to full activity by 3 months. Thigh Lift scars will continue to lighten and mature over 6 months to a year.
+ Thigh Lift Scars: Thighplasty Scars, variable in length and are based on the extent of excess skin. During your initial thigh lift consultation with Dr. Jason, he will discuss what to expect based on your personal needs and surgery. If you have any questions about thigh lift scars please reach out to our office today.
+ Risks/Possible Thigh Lift Complications: Serious complications, while possible, are unlikely. Some potential thigh lift complications can be avoided by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions.
Top Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Questions
1. Should I start a diet and exercise regimen before or after a thigh lift procedure? To achieve the best possible result in body contouring it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This should be started before surgery so that you can keep it going after surgery. Although you will have to take a break from exercise for a few weeks during your recovery, it important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Many of Dr Jason’s patients are more motivated by their new body shape following surgery and want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
2. Can a thigh lift be combined with other procedures? Yes, an thigh lift is often combined with other procedures of the breast, body, or face. Liposuction of the thighs can often be included with the procedure to achieve the best result. This would be a good opportunity to address other common troubles some spots such as the love handles and/or stomach.
3. What should I ask the plastic surgeon during my thigh lift consultation? You should look at the doctors before and after photos critically and decide whether you like their sense of aesthetic. Cosmetic surgery is an art and therefore you want to find a doctor that matches your taste so to speak. Should should also discuss any concerns and be completely open about the final plastic surgery result you are looking for.
4. How long will the effects of a thigh lift last? It is very rare to need to repeat the thighplasty procedure if there are no dramatic changes in your weight. Therefore, patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle will continue to enjoy the result of their procedure for many years to come!
5. When can I start working out again after a thigh lift? For the first 2 weeks following surgery, you want to avoid straining (lifting anything more than 5 lbs), or getting your heart rate/blood pressure up as this can lead to bleeding. After 2-3 weeks you should avoid mechanical forces that will put stress on the areas treated. This means you should avoid high impact activities that lead to excessive movement or stress on any of the incisions. Listen to what your body is telling you at all times, for instance stop the workout if you experience any new discomfort. Remember, getting plenty of rest and reducing your overall activity will give you time to heal and speed up your recovery.
6. How long will it take to heal after a thigh lift? Most of the swelling and bruising will be gone by 1-2 weeks. You can return to activities, even exercise, that do not stress the incisions after 3 weeks. A compression garment is recommended for 6 weeks. You can return to full activity by 12 weeks.
7. When can I go back to work after a thigh lift? It really depends on how what you do for work. If you have a desk job you can typically return to work within one to two weeks. If your profession is more physically demanding, Dr. Jason recommends to wait at least three weeks before returning to work. Remember, you do not want to strain or lift anything that weighs more than ten pounds for the first 2-3 weeks.
About Thigh Lift Surgery
A thigh lift (thighplasty) procedure typically last approximately three to four hours and will be performed in the UCLA outpatient surgery center in Los Angeles. Dr. Jason will typically create an incision to best conceal your scar inside your groin crease and along your inner thigh as needed . The incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible, however, its length will vary depending on what your particular case needs to achieve the best possible shape. Dr. Jason will also employ liposuction in any of the areas you need to achieve the best result. The extra skin from your thighs will be removed and your incisions are closed using absorbable sutures so there is no need to later remove any stitches. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a week or two while some mild swelling may persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.
Thigh Lift Los Angeles Consultation
If you are considering getting a thigh lift, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Jason at UCLA’s Plastic Surgery suite. Click here to book a consultation or call 310.825.8827. The UCLA Plastic Surgery Suite is conveniently located in Westwood Los Angeles at 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465. The office is near the freeway and just down the street from Beverly Hills.
At the consultation Dr. Jason will listen closely to what you are interested in and what type of look you are trying achieve. Dr. Jason specializes in natural looking plastic surgery results and will guide you toward the thigh lift procedure that best fits your body. You will have the opportunity to thoroughly review his earlier work and see whether his results are what you are looking for.