Introduction to Thigh Lift

For many people, particularly women, the thighs can be a very troublesome area. Things like genetics, aging, and weight loss can all contribute to the accumulation of fatty deposits and loose sagging skin in this region. While liposuction can be used in mild cases, however that does very little to correct skin laxity. If there is a significant amount of sagging skin, then thigh lift surgery can be a more effective solution.

Dr. Alexander Golger strives to deliver some of the best thigh lift results in Scottsdale, AZ while always practicing patient safety. Below, we’ve included our guide to the procedure, but if you’d like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

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What are the Benefits of Thigh Lift?

Getting a Thigh Lift at Plastic Surgery Scottsdale focuses on the inner and outer thigh to maintain proportions during the procedure. This surgery addresses many issues related to age, weight loss, or pregnancy. Some of the most common benefits of the procedure include:

  • Excess and unwanted skin removal
  • Fat removal, leading to health benefits
  • Muscle tightening for better tone
  • Reduction of stretch marks
  • Reduction of chances of skin infections

What is Thigh Lift?

Thigh Lift surgery is a body contouring procedure performed at our Scottsdale clinic to reshape the upper legs by tightening sagging skin around the thighs. Thigh lift surgery is a great procedure for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, and now have leftover, loose skin in the thighs and buttocks region.

At Plastic Surgery Scottsdale, Dr. Golger can perform several different types of thigh lift procedures, including

  • Inner Thigh Lift
  • Bilateral Thigh Lift
  • Medial Thigh Lift

These different techniques target excess skin and fatty tissues in separate areas of the thigh and involve different incision patterns as well. The medial thigh lift, for instance, involves incisions in the groin fold. This procedure is sufficient when the patient has excess skin and fat that is localized to the upper thigh or upper medial thigh.

In patients who have had massive weight loss, however, a vertical incision along the inner thigh will likely produce greater improvement. This technique may be appropriate for a post-bariatric surgery patient for instance, who may have a large amount of loose skin extending down the inner thigh to the knee. In this procedure, the resultant scar is more visible than the horizontal excision in the bikini area. However, the tradeoff of removing more skin and getting a better mid and lower thigh contour is often worth it for the patient with extreme amounts of loose skin.

Without actually being examined by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is difficult to determine exactly which type of thigh lift or saddle lift procedure would best suit your individual needs.

Who Are The
Best Candidates
For Thigh Lift?

Ask yourself, do you long to wear that swimsuit or waist wrap and look fabulous and secure? Chances are if you’ve landed on this page, then a Thigh Lift may be what you have been searching for. In general, we have found at Plastic Surgery Scottsdale that the best candidates for a Thigh Lift include:

  • Committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
  • Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thigh region and/or the outer (lateral) thigh
  • Maintaining a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
  • Nonsmokers
  • Overall healthy with no medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Relatively stable in weight

What’s the First Step?

The first step in getting a Thigh Lift in Scottsdale is to contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Golger will be right there with you to answer any questions you may have about the surgery, listen to your aesthetic goals, and examine your thighs. You will also be asked about your medical history, during which, you should be as open and honest as possible to help prevent any potential risks. At the end of your consultation, your surgeon will have crafted a surgical plan just for you. If you agree with the plan, then you will schedule a surgery date with our Patient Coordinator, who will also provide you with any pre-operative instructions that you will need to follow.

What to Expect on the Day of Thigh Lift

Dr. Golger will perform your Thigh Lift on an outpatient basis and uses general anesthesia, so you will be able to return home once you are released and your experience should be very comfortable.

On the day of a procedure, an incision will be made in the crease where the upper thigh meets the buttocks or in the groin area near the patient’s hip. The skin is then carefully separated from the underlying muscle and tissue, and excess skin is removed. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat; this can be discussed during consultation.

The remaining skin is stretched and tightened over the area and sutured closed. The surgery takes between two to three hours. In cases of extreme skin excess, a vertical incision of the inner thigh is necessary for optimal results. Thin tubes may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluids. Your thighs will be wrapped in bandages and a special compression garment. There will also be small drainage tubes placed under your skin to help drain fluid as you heal.

On average, the entire procedure takes two hours to complete. Since you’ll also spend several hours in both pre-op and post-op, you should expect the entire process to take up most of the day.

Thigh Lift Recovery

After your surgery, you should have someone ready to pick you up from the hospital as you will be sore and on pain medication. Your next few days should consist of rest and relaxation as there will be swelling and bruising that makes walking uncomfortable. You should still do your best to walk around to keep circulation moving but don’t feel like you have to strain yourself, as your incisions are still healing.

Around a week post-op, you will be asked to return for a check-up so Dr. Golger can monitor your healing process. During this visit, the tubes and stitches should be removed, and your bandages will be removed or changed. You will be asked to continue to wear your compression garments for the next few weeks. Avoid stretching or scratching your thighs since they are still healing.

At about a month or two following your procedure, you will be able to return to most activities. You will still experience some swelling, so we highly recommend easing into more vigorous activities.

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How Much Does Thigh Lift Cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of Thigh Lift in Scottsdale typically cost between $7,500 – $9,500 but can vary on a number of factors, including the techniques used and the degree of change you required. During your consultation, Dr. Golger will be able to give you his expert recommendations, answer questions, and provide all associated costs. We do offer financing options, to make the payment process easier for our patients.

Why Choose Us?

As a highly recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Golger, B.Ed., MD, FRCS(C), is dedicated to providing the highest level of surgical care for patients both in Scottsdale and Toronto. He is also fully certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In his years of experience, he has served as the Chief Division of Plastic Surgery at Lakeridge Hospital and as Assistant Professor for the Department of Surgery at Queen’s University. Dr. Golger personally conducts all pre-surgical consultations, using this time to get to know his patients and explore their aesthetic concerns and desires.

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Does the appearance of your thighs bother you? Do you experience chaffing as you walk that causes skin irritation? If so, a Thigh Lift in Scottsdale could be a fantastic solution for you! To schedule your consultation with Dr. Golger, please contact Plastic Surgery Scottsdale today! We will be more than happy to discuss your goals and help you achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle.

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