A thigh lift is an elective plastic surgery procedure usually performed under general anesthesia. The goal of a thigh lift is to create a more pleasing contour in the upper leg by removing excess skin and tissues to eliminate sagging caused by genetics, pregnancy, aging and/or weight loss. Some patients also wish to have the outer thighs lifted as well as the buttocks, and this can be accomplished in the same procedure as the inner thigh lift.
Ideal Candidates for a Thigh Lift
Healthy adult men and women with sagging in the thigh area due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss or aging are generally good candidates for this procedure.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
A thigh lift is an elective outpatient plastic surgery performed in Dr. Gerut’s fully accredited and licensed surgical suite located in his office in Hewlett, Long Island. Thigh lift patients benefit from the attention to detail and patient comfort and safety that result from Dr. Gerut’s many years with the same surgical team, which includes a board certified anesthesiologist.
A thigh lift is usually performed under general anesthesia, after which small incisions are made in the inner thigh and groin area to minimize the appearance of scars once healing has taken place. In the case that the patient’s lift includes an inner thigh lift and a Brazilian Butt Lift, the incision will extend into the crease of the buttocks where it meets the top of the thigh. During your private consultation with Dr. Gerut in his Long Island plastic surgery office, he will determine the type of thigh lift procedure that will give you the results you seek.
Once excess skin, fat and tissue have been removed, the skin is pulled up and the excess is removed. Absorbable sutures and a drain are placed in each thigh, after which Dr. Gerut will apply a compression garment.
Recovery from a Thigh Lift
Most thigh lift patients need bed rest for the first week, with walking limited to trips to the bathroom. Prescriptions for pain medications will be given at the pre-op appointment to minimize discomfort. Swelling, tightness and bruising are normal, and drains will need to be emptied regularly and the amount of discharge recorded. During the first few weeks, the compression garment will be worn 24 hours a day except during showers. By the second week, most patients feel well enough to walk around the house, although sitting is uncomfortable (and to be avoided) for the first two weeks. Driving is permitted around the third postop week, and regular activities can be resumed around the 6th week after surgery.
If you’re concerned about thigh sagging, board certified New York plastic surgeon Dr. Gerut is here to help you. Call us at 516-295-2100 or complete our online consultation form to learn how you can get the look you’ve always wanted!