Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A THIGH LIFT?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that aims to shape your thighs by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissue. It is designed to provide firmer, smoother leg contours and is suitable for patients who have experienced drastic or sudden weight loss, where the tissue has been stretched and hangs down from the thighs. It can be combined with a liposuction procedure to help remove localized fat at the same time. When you undergo a thigh lift you can expect more sculpted, aesthetically pleasing thighs with smoother overlying skin.
HOW DOES A THIGH LIFT SURGERY WORK?
Although it can vary greatly depending on the technique used and the extent of surgery required, a traditional thigh lift usually takes around two hours and is performed under a general anesthetic. So you can expect to stay in hospital overnight after your surgery. There will likely be incisions made along the inner thighs and through these cuts, the surgeon will carefully remove excess skin. Finally, your skin is suture back into its new shape with stitches. If required, a liposuction procedure will be performed along the surgery to remove excess fat and help streamline the shape of your new thighs.
WHICH ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF THIGH LIFTS?
The right type of surgery for you will depend on your current figure and the results you're looking for. There are 5 different types of thigh lifts to consider.
● Inner or medial thigh lift: It is the most common approach in which the surgeon will remove the sagging skin in your inner thighs with an incision from your groin down toward your knee or the back of your thigh area.
● Mini thigh lift:This technique requires fewer incisions than the traditional thigh lift and works well if you want to focus mainly on the upper inner part of your thigh. It usually involves a single incision in your groin area.
● Outer or bilateral thigh lift: As its name states, this type of thigh lift addresses the outside portions of your thighs. It involves an incision that starts from the groin area and is extended outward to your hip and lumbar region.
● Vertical thigh lift: This type of thigh lift is recommended if you have excess skin all-around your thighs. Since it is a far-reaching technique, it’ll require larger incisions that extend down to your knees.
● Lift with liposuction: If you have poor skin elasticity in your thighs, your surgeon may recommend having liposuction combined with thigh lift surgery, to take out excess fat tissue and prevent future sagging skin.
HOW IS THE RECOVERY FROM A THIGH LIFT?
Your doctor and nurses will draw a detailed recovery plan customized to your physical condition and the extent of your surgery. It will provide daily instructions on what to do, as well which as painkillers and antibiotics you’ll need to take in. Keep in mind that you’ll require a few visits back to the clinic to care for your incisions. You should take it easy while you’re healing in the first couple of weeks and avoid putting excess force on your legs during this time. Your recovery will take an average of 5 weeks. It’s advisable to refrain from exercise for 6-8 weeks, although light exercise can begin after 2-3 weeks. It is important to note that you should keep a steady weight for at least 6 months after thigh lift surgery since weight fluctuations can interfere with the results.
IS IT PAINFUL TO GET A THIGH LIFT?
The thigh lift procedure is usually carried out under a general anesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing during the surgery. When you wake up afterward, you are likely to feel sore in the thigh area when moving and walking. The first 24 hours of recovery are often the most difficult. You should expect to feel some pain and swelling and may notice bruising in the first week after the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers taking into account your level of pain and discomfort. All aching should decrease within a few weeks, as the healing process progresses.
WHAT WILL THE SCARS FROM A THIGH LIFT LOOK LIKE?
As it goes with body contouring procedures, removing excess sagging skin will result in a longer scar when compared to other procedures like liposuction, which doesn’t address loose skin. Typically your scar will be placed along your groin, all the way down around your thigh. But the number of incisions and the placement of your scar will depend on your body and your surgery goals.
Your surgeon will attempt to place the scar as hidden as possible, in a way that you’ll likely be able to conceal it under bathing suit hemlines and underwear. The technique of groin incision placement is often the better option since the scar naturally hides in the crease of the thigh. But if you have more significant loose skin along your upper legs, your surgeon may require a different kind of incision down the inside of the thigh that will be seen when your bare legs are crossed.
WHERE CAN I GET A THIGH LIFT NEAR ME?
If you have been hiding your thighs under clothing, consider that a thigh lift procedure can provide a huge boost of self-esteem and allow you to show off your legs with confidence. Let skirts, dresses, shorts, and bikinis become new staples in your wardrobe. And mind that the quality of the results you get will greatly depend on the expertise of the surgeon you choose.
At StudioMD NYC you’ll be in great care. Dr. Sharon Giese is a leading authority on plastic surgery. Having completed a fellowship in breast and aesthetic surgery at Georgetown University, Dr. Giese has been featured in many broadcasts, including CBS’ The Early Show, The Dr. Oz Show, FOX, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC's Today Show. Dr. Sharon Giese and StudioMD staff will be happy to schedule a consultation about your Thigh Lift.