Excess skin on the thighs can be a common problem for those who have experienced dramatic weight loss. The condition can lead to chafing and discomfort, which can in turn severely limit what wardrobe choices you can make, and what physical activities you can comfortably participate in.

Ready to put the discomfort and embarrassment to an end? A thigh lift in Long Island may be a good option to bring relief and to help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing body shape.

This procedure reshapes the thighs by eliminating excess skin left behind after weight loss, as well as the underlying fat that weight loss and exercise did not eliminate. Like most skin removal surgery, results can be almost immediate and will continue to improve over time. Our thigh lift in NYC is often combined with other procedures such as liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), upper body lift, and arm lift – particularly in cases where there has been a large amount of weight loss. Procedure combination can help minimize both surgery and recovery time.

Age can also be a big factor. Over time, the upper legs can become increasingly susceptible to retained fat as well as cellulite. Leg shape and tone are often associated with a degree of fitness, but weight loss often results in excess skin, making people appear heavier, older, and less fit.

Some people find it impossible to tone their upper legs with traditional methods such as exercise. In many cases, a thigh lift can be the best step towards achieving firmer and more attractive legs.

What is a Thigh Lift?

Have you felt inhibited by the appearance of your thighs at the beach, in the bedroom, or when going out dancing? Have you stopped wearing many of your favorite outfits due to self-consciousness about your figure? Do you find yourself spending long hours at the gym only to discover your efforts haven’t made much of a difference? Have you noticed a change in your body after pregnancy or weight loss? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a thigh lift may be the ideal procedure to accomplish your body contouring goals.

A thigh lift can help to remove the excess skin left behind after massive weight loss, pregnancy, or the aging process. The skin is tightened and firmed, improving your wardrobe choices and giving you an overall more youthful-looking appearance. Stubborn fat that has not responded to dieting or exercise in the past is also eradicated from both the inner and the outer thighs. A thigh lift has a high rate of patient satisfaction, giving countless clients a new level of self-confidence and a new outlook on life.

Types Of Thigh Lift

Our Long Island thigh lift surgeons employ advanced techniques for maximum aesthetics. They know how to tailor their approach to your specific needs. Depending on your condition and goals, some of these options are available to you:

Transverse Skin Excision

If you have only minimal loss of skin elasticity, you may be a candidate for this procedure. An incision is made in the upper thigh, leaving an easily hidden scar in the crease of the groin.

Vertical Skin Excision

Excessive skin laxity from bariatric weight loss will require a longer incision from the medial thigh to your knee for a shapelier leg.

Thigh Lifts

There are two general types of thigh lift: an inner thigh lift, also known as the medial thigh lift, and the outer thigh lift. The outer thigh lift is generally performed with a body lift procedure or a tummy tuck and when done this way is called an extended body lift or extended tummy tuck. The inner thigh lift is normally performed as a single procedure.

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Factors That Can Affect Your Thigh Lift Options

  • Age
  • Amount of excess skin
  • Distribution of loose skin on leg
  • Size of thighs and amount of fatty tissue (may require liposuction in conjunction)
  • Gender (cosmetic issues may vary by gender)
  • Highest BMI before weight loss
  • Skin condition
  • Genetics
  • Level of health, nutrition, deficiencies, etc.
  • Stability of weight and how long you’ve maintained it
  • Need and desire for combined procedures

If you have excess skin due to dramatic weight loss, your doctor can advise you on the possibility of combining procedures to help maximize your aesthetic results while minimizing the need for multiple surgeries and reducing recovery time. Depending on your unique condition and needs, an abdominoplasty, brachioplasty (under arm lift), and breast lift can all be done at the same time as your thigh lift in NYC. One factor your physician will consider is how long the combined procedure and anesthesia time will take and keep you safely within comfortable limits. Combined procedures are known to deliver spectacular improvements to body shape in a single operation.

Before & After

Are You A Candidate For Thigh Lift?

During your consultation with our surgeon and staff in one of our New York offices, your best course of action and what you can reasonably expect as an outcome will be discussed and all your questions will be answered. You can pre-check yourself informally by standing in front of a mirror and with two fingers taking hold of the skin of your inner thigh and lifting it toward your groin. This is an indication of what a thigh lift in Westchester, NY may do for you.

If you grab the excess skin at your hip, notice what it does for the shape of your leg. Do you want your thighs to have a better proportion and contour with a firmer feel and look? Do you have trouble fitting into clothes due to heavy thighs and folds of excess skin? You may be an excellent candidate for a thigh lift. Our experienced plastic surgeons have performed hundreds of thigh lifts and related procedures with outstanding acclaim from our patients. You could be next.

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Thigh Lift Benefits At A Glance

  • Tones sculpts, and contours the inner and outer thighs
  • Removes excess sagging skin
  • Effective where dieting and exercise have failed to produce results
  • Provides a more youthful-looking physique
  • Enables the patient to wear a wider range of clothing styles, including
  • shorts, bikinis, skirts, and tight-fitting jeans
  • Boosts self-image and self-confidence
  • Can be well-combined with abdominoplasty or a mommy makeover
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Your Thigh Lift Procedure And What To Expect

Your thigh lift procedure will be done under general anesthesia, and it will take about two hours. Depending on which type of thigh lift you’re getting and your unique physical structure, the incision will be made either at the top of the leg, about at the lower edge of your underwear line, or from the groin to the crease of the buttock. For an outer thigh lift, your incision will be longer, from the middle thigh to the knee.

Once the incision is made for the inner thigh lift, a small amount of skin is removed. The remaining skin is then pulled upward, tightening the skin along both sides of the leg. During the outer thigh lift, the entire thigh and buttock might be lifted. Excess fat and skin are then removed to improve the appearance of the thigh.

When the procedure is complete, the incision is sutured with deep sutures to ensure that there is no sagging after the incisions heal.

During the procedure, drains are put in place that allow excess fluid to drain after surgery. These drains are usually removed after several days.

How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost?

Thigh surgery can be performed on the inner thighs, outer thighs, or both, so pricing will vary from client to client. Factors that will affect the price include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees, among others. If a thigh lift is performed in the context of a mommy makeover or body lift, the total cost will be higher. Dr. Garber will provide a customized, detailed quote for services after carefully curating your treatment plan. Bear in mind that while thigh lift surgery is a significant investment, it can be more cost-effective in the long run than continuously spending money on gyms, workouts, and trainers with little return.

Recovery After Your Thigh Lift

Immediately after your thigh lift surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and care for you during the initial 24-48 hours of your recovery. You’ll be fitted with compression garments, which will help to reduce your swelling and keep your new, sculpted thigh shape intact. Drains may be placed temporarily to help escort any excess blood or fluids out of the body.

Your doctor will ensure you receive the proper pain medications and antibiotics along with a detailed, personalized aftercare plan with instructions for bathing, sleeping, resuming work, and restarting exercise. Most patients can expect to take about 10 days off from work. Gentle walks are encouraged after surgery, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for around 4-6 weeks or as advised by the doctor. Results after a thigh lift in Westchester, NY are typically visible almost right away. The thighs appear slimmer and shapelier, with improved skin and muscle tone. Your outcome will continue to impress for years to come.

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Serving New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and surrounding communities, the team at NYGB Plastic Surgery provides compassionate and highly skilled care. If you are looking to recover as much of your youthful trim shape as possible, we can help. We will listen to your aesthetic goals and develop a plan of action towards achieving them. The first step is scheduling a consultation – give us a call today.

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