What is a Thigh Lift?
Weight loss is a huge victory for any person, but men and women who make it to their ideal weight occasionally need one additional thing to complete their ideal appearance. Depending on the amount of time you had extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, loose skin can be an added concern if the skin was not able to mold to the new shape and size of your body. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz offers thigh lift surgery (known as thighplasty) at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which trims away loose skin on the outer and inner thighs to produce a firmer, more contoured look.
"Bodytite on abs and flanks - I've always hated my love handles, no matter how much I work out or diet even when I was young that's where weight would stay. Finally I decided to do something about it! After doing a ton of research I decided BodyTite was for me. Now about a year after my procedure I can say it was totally worth it. I was swollen for maybe 9-10 weeks because they did some liposuction too, but I could tell a difference right away & my best results seemed to show at about 6 months after my BodyTite."- R. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2020
"My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! - I have had amazing results using Dr Hanz. He is so down to earth and can relate to anyone. The results I received are unbelievable. My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! The procedure is painless and I was back to work in no time!"- J. / RealSelf / May 21, 2020
"Botox done right! My husband and I tried Botox for the first time and Dr. Hanz was gentle and caring. He let us decide what we wanted and what we were comfortable with. There was no "you should get this, or you need this" - Dr. Hanz is the kind of doctor we all need. I will definitely be going back. Thanks Dr. Hanz!"- T.O. / Google / Dec 19, 2020
"After searching for the perfect doctor to give me my dream body for 3 years I finally found the doctor for me! I got liposuction and a Brazilian butt lift from Doctor Hanz and he absolutely exceeded my expectations. I could not be happier and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone! He did exactly what I asked for and then some. I was nervous about having a fake looking butt and he gave me the most perfect round athletic looking butt. I had a pooch and love handles for the longest time and they are completely gone! All the other doctors I met in the past didn't really seem like they cared, but Dr Hanz listened to me with patience and answered all of my questions thoroughly! I am so grateful I met him and chose him to give me the body I have been wanting for years. The procedure was not under anesthesia and I recovered so quickly. If I could give 100 stars I would!"- D.B. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
Can I Get a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is a skin removal and tightening procedure that addresses sagging skin. Thigh lift surgery is best as an after weight loss procedure. It is often performed if you have lost 100 or more pounds. It is also popular for older men and women who are concerned about excess skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body weight changed due to pregnancy. If you have wrinkly, hanging, or loose skin on the upper, outer, or inner thighs, thigh lift surgery may be helpful. Please bear in mind that if cellulite is your bigger concern, Dr. Hanz can recommend other procedures that are designed to help decrease the look of cellulite as a thigh lift is not appropriate for cellulite reduction.
How Does a Thigh Lift Work?
During thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia will commonly be administered to you. An incision is made near the top portion of your leg in the natural crease where the thigh meets your torso. This incision usually runs down to the middle point of the thigh. This allows enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if necessary) to eliminate isolated pockets of fat and to trim away your loose skin in the upper thigh. The remaining skin will be stretched upward so it is taut and secured with sutures. In some cases, an incision may be necessary in the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. This surgery at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reshapes the entire thigh area, leaving a tighter, shapelier, more contoured appearance.
What Can I Expect from Thigh Lift?
You should expect your thigh lift surgery to take about 2 – 3 hours. As soon as the procedure is over, you will be monitored and then allowed to go home to recover. There is typically bruising, swelling, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. After several days of rest at home, many patients are up and walking slowly, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The total recovery time typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions given by Dr. Hanz will help the incision to heal so it is less visible. Even though there will be some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs will help you regain your self-esteem, and you can show off your thighs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions about Thigh Lift Surgery
How much will thigh lift surgery cost me?
The total cost of a thigh lift will vary based on each individual's circumstances, including facility fees, anesthesia, tests, and more. As soon as Dr. Hanz has developed your personal thigh lift treatment plan, he will be able to estimate your costs. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thigh lift easy to afford so you can focus on working with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Hanz.
Will a thigh lift remove my cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and addressing excessive fat, it can improve the visibility of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your legs. If you're worried about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Hanz know in your consultation so he can customize your surgical plan to match all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should maintain the results of your thigh lift for many years. Dr. Hanz suggests you be at or near a stable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it is easy to keep your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes following your thigh lift can alter your results. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will explain what will make your surgical results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Some patients pair a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift to create a lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Hanz about your concerns and goals and he will help you create a surgical plan that gives you the results you want.
Is a nonsurgical thigh lift an option for me?
Although there are nonsurgical procedures for fat reduction and skin tightening, these are best for mild improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to address moderate to severe amounts of loose skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your thighs. If you are considering nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Hanz for more information during your consultation. He will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, as well as his opinion on which would be the best fit for your needs.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you notice sagging skin on your thighs that creates anxiety, embarrassment, or pain, we invite you to contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to learn more about thighplasty. It's common for patients to combine this surgery with one or more body contouring procedures, especially ones that treat nearby areas, such as stomach surgery or a lower body lift, based on your specific cosmetic goals. Schedule your appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hanz, and get the toned appearance you desire.