Sometimes diet and exercise cannot correct problems with stubborn fat and excessive skin on the thighs. At Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, our highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons can remove excess fat and skin from the thighs, then lift and reshape them to create a smoother and tighter appearance. Weight loss can be a momentous event in a person’s life, but it can also create new challenges such as loose, sagging skin and excessive wrinkling. The thighs, in particular, will need to be addressed with a thigh lift in order to correct this problem. You can wear shorts, skirts, or bathing suits with confidence again after a thigh lift procedure at our practice in Austin, TX.
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"I am 4 weeks Post op Tummy Tuck/Lipo and breast Lift and everyday I am loving my results more and more. Dr. Gorman and his staff are super nice and caring. Scheduling an appointment is never an issue . I never have to wait no more than a few minutes in the waiting room or exam room. From Day 1, Dr. Gorman made me feel comfortable and at ease the day of surgery. He made sure to educate me on what I was wanting to get done and not once did he push me to getting anything else. Margaret is wonderful! She made sure I was taken care of the entire time. I would highly recommend Dr. Gorman to anyone who asks. Thank You Dr. Gorman and Staff."- J.V. / Google / Sep 07, 2018
"I am 16 days Post op Tummy Tuck/Lipo and breast Lift and everyday I am loving my results more and more. Dr. Gorman and his staff are super nice and caring. Scheduling an appointment is never an issue . I never have to wait no more than a few minutes in the waiting room or exam room. From Day 1, Dr. Gorman made me feel comfortable and at ease the day of surgery. He made sure to educate me on what I was wanting to get done and not once did he push me to getting anything else. Margaret is wonderful! She made sure I was taken care of the entire time. I would highly recommend Dr. Gorman to anyone who asks. Thank You Dr. Gorman and Staff."- J.V. / Google / Aug 26, 2018
"I honestly wish I had the option to put 1000 stars. This was my first plastic surgery experience and it couldn't have been better. Dr. Gorman was absolutely amazing and exceeded all of my expectations. I had been shopping around before choosing him and the day I had my consultation, I knew they were the one! I put my deposit down that day. He was so friendly and knowledgeable. He gave me the feeling of comfort I was looking for. They even went above and beyond when scheduling the surgery. I knew I would be anxious the day of surgery because it's a big thing and it was new to me (I'm also a worry wart) but I didn't get anxious once. Even going into the OR. His entire team was great! When I woke up, they were very helpful and I felt great the rest of the day. He did such an amazing job I didn't have to take ONE pain pill or sleeping pill- not even ibuprofen. They said that I may bruise- I never bruised. Not even a little bit. I could brag all day about how wonderful my experience was. I am now 3 weeks post op and my breasts are everything I wanted them to be! If you are shopping around, THIS is who you want your surgery done by! Thank you Dr. Gorman!!!!!!!"- J.L. / Yelp / Aug 15, 2018
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
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- Average Cost
- From $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 weeks
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-4 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
Thigh Lift FAQs
Cure for Cellulite Dimples?
A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.
Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients will need to make certain they are fully healed and gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.
The results of a thigh lift can be very long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results gained of the surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but most of the improvement will be permanent.