|Average Cost||$5,500 - $9,500+|
|Return To Daily Activities||6-8 Weeks|
|Return To Work||2-3 Weeks|
|Procedure Length||4-6+ Hours|
|Procedure Location||Physicians Medical Center|
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THIGH LIFT SURGERY?
As we age, time and gravity can cause the skin of the inner and outer thigh to sag and lose tone. The inner thigh is often a collection point for excessive fat and tissue. This skin usually has poor elasticity because it is thin and has few elastic fibers. Women particularly experience fatty deposits around the inner thigh affecting the leg’s overall contour. Typically, this area is slow to respond to weight loss or exercise. In fact, weight loss—and especially massive weight loss—will exacerbate this condition leaving the individual with considerable excess skin. The massive weight loss patient (MWL) is the most common patient seeking this procedure and the skin excess often extends to the knee area. If you can pinch and “lift” the skin around your thigh toward your groin, you can envision what a medial thigh lift can do to improve your appearance.
Liposuction can serve as an adjunct to further contour the thigh area. This procedure is not effective in correcting problems at the knee, and only can correct small contour irregularities in the anterior (outer) thigh. Smokers are not good candidates and must stop completely for one month before and one month after the procedure.
HOW IS THIGH LIFT SURGERY DONE?
Thigh lift procedure is done under general anesthesia. It generally takes 2-3 hours to complete. The incision is located in the crease of the groin and extends to the back of the thigh just into the fold of the lower buttock. The length of the incision depends on the amount of skin excess. For MWL patients, it is common to extend the incision down toward the knee along the inner aspect of the thigh. This allows for correction of the front of the thigh and any excess skin around the knees. Excess skin and fat is removed and the remaining thigh skin is elevated and tightened. Liposuction is used as an adjunct to this procedure as needed.
The deep layers are approximated using permanent stitches. Two additional layers are closed with stitches that dissolve so no stitch removal is necessary.
RECUPERATION AFTER THIGH LIFT SURGERY
Following the thigh lift surgery, the patient will stay at least one night in the hospital and stay an additional night if indicated. The two night stay will be included in your surgical fee. The incision is covered with surgical glue (Dermabond). Walking after surgery is encouraged, but climbing stairs or squatting should be avoided so there is no tension around the wounds. You will wear a compression garment that goes from knees to waist. Some patients report a tight feeling due to the swelling. Swelling may continue for up to 6 weeks. It usually takes 10-14 days to be handling the activities of daily living. It will take at least 10 days before you are driving by yourself. Any lifting will be restricted and work involving excessive standing or walking may have to be curtailed. It will take 4 weeks before you return to preoperative energy levels. The scars usually take at least one year to mature and begin to fade in color.
A WORD ABOUT FINANCING…
Thigh lift surgery can be made very affordable through financing options. Yvette would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.
More information on financial planning and payment options
FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED FEES
Dr. Peters provides for his patient’s comfort and safety by using Physicians Medical Center in Houma, LA. All procedures are done in their surgery center and recovery and aftercare is on site. The hospital staff is familiar with all the procedures Dr. Peters provides and you can expect excellent care at a reasonable price.
Your surgical fee will include:
- Pre operative lab work
- Use of the operating room and supplies
- Intravenous antibiotics
- Overnight stay with nursing care
- Deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis (to prohibit the formation of blood clots in the legs)
Your fee will not include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Chest X-ray reading(if necessary)
- Additional night in the hospital
- Prescribed medications
- Pathology(for tissue specimens, if necessary)
Thigh lift surgery is generally considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. As a massive weight loss patient, your condition may warrant a conversation with your carrier. Yvette will be happy to submit any pre certification required.
ASK DR. PETERS ABOUT THIGH LIFT SURGERY
WHY CAN’T YOU JUST DO LIPOSUCTION ON THE INNER THIGHS?
Sometimes you can. Since the skin on the inner thighs is relatively thin compared to other areas of the body, there is generally less elasticity. In fact, when a patient is over the age of 35, or has had MWL, I recommend they consider a lift since the skin elasticity cannot be sufficiently treated with liposuction alone. The skin excess often extends down the thigh to the knee. While liposuction is a great tool to enhance the thigh contours, it is not intended to remove excess skin.
WHAT KIND OF SCARS CAN I EXPECT AFTER THIGH LIFT SURGERY?
The scars of the medial thigh lift vary. Migration of the scar from the groin area is not uncommon. The permanent stitches placed in the deeper layers is deigned to prevent the scar from moving into the upper thigh area, but it is not unusual for the scar to widen to five to six millimeters especially in the groin. Occasionally, the scars can become raised and thickened (hypertrophic), but this is less common.
I HAVE CELLULITE ON MY THIGHS. WILL THE THIGH LIFT MAKE IT BETTER?
Cellulite is a superficial layer irregularity. There is no known topical treatment of cellulite. The medial thigh lift pulls the skin tighter with most of the effect on the upper one third and inner part of the thigh. When the incision is extended down the thigh, cellulite can be improved on the front of the thigh and near the knee. Cellulite on the outer thigh will generally not improve with the medial thigh lift.
WHAT COMPLICATIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MEDIAL THIGH LIFT?
All surgical procedures can have complications. Smokers and diabetics have greater potential for wound healing problems, although this complication can occur even in healthy non-smokers. Scar migration from the groin into upper thigh is not uncommon. Potential fluid collections under the skin (seroma) may require drainage in the office. Sometimes patients have prolonged swelling of the lower extremities. This is usually an indication that one of the large veins (saphenous vein) has been injured during the procedure.
The most serious complication is deep venous thrombosis. This is a blood clot which most often forms in the calf and can break off and lodge in the lung. Since this procedure limits your mobility in the immediate postoperative period, the risk does increase. In order to decrease this risk, you are placed in sequential compression stockings during and after the procedure, mobilized early in the postoperative period, and possibly prescribed a blood thinner (Lovenox).