Excess thigh skin and fat is common from young to elderly patients. It is most commonly seen following massive weight loss. Many patients find that they have poor skin tone on their thighs which may cause severe dimpling (cellulite), transverse wrinkles, saddle bags or hanging skin. While liposuction may seem like a viable solution for some, it may actually worsens the condition in patients with excess skin and lack of skin elasticity. Further compounding the problem, exercise and further weight loss are also unlikely to help. In these cases, a thigh lift is usually the patient’s best option.
Thigh Lift Procedure
The outer and inner thighs are addressed separately with thigh lift surgery in order to conceal the incisions. The outer thigh lift utilizes a waistline incision that’s an extension of the tummy tuck. The scar is concealed under a typical bikini. Excess skin is removed from the upper lateral thigh, and the skin is elevated to about the mid-thigh where the thigh skin is then smoothed and tightened. The inner thigh lift incision is high up on the inner thigh, close to the leg elastic of a bikini bottom. A large ellipse of skin is removed. Remaining inner thigh skin is undermined, smoothed and tightened.
Thigh Lift Candidates
- Have lost large amounts of weight and are close to their ideal weight
- Genetically have large fat deposits and or excess skin on their thighs
- Should be healthy and well nourished without vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Thigh Lift Recovery
Patients typically take at least one week off from work for thigh lift surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk shortly after the operation. Full exercise may be resumed at approximately 6 weeks.
In your consultation with Dr. Nadelson, he will provide you with a price estimate that is based on factors specific to you as a patient. During your consultation, you may also wish to ask about the financing options available, which create an affordable monthly payment method with low to zero interest. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nadelson, Contact his office at (212)-500-2163.