About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is a great victory for any person. However, women and men who reach their goal weight may require one more step to complete their body transformation. Depending on how long you carried the extra weight and how much weight you lost, excess skin is often an entirely separate struggle. The thighs are commonly an area of concern for most patients who have undergone tremendous weight loss. To address this, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque offers thigh lift surgery (also known as thighplasty), which serves to remove extra skin on the outer and inner thighs. This produces a more contoured, tighter appearance. Thigh lift surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients fighting sagging skin on the thighs. Contact Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX to learn more about the positive effects thighplasty can have on your quality of life.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"Lipo Arms, Upper back, bra rolls, upper chest,abdomen,inner thighs - I've had some lipo done before which had a positive impact on my actual body shape( lower ab/ flanks). I lose and gain weight often due to depression so i've been working on it. This time, when I gained weight it looks went to my upper body is a serious way. Also i've gained visceral fat in my upper abdomen that can only be reduced by diet and exercise, so that's my current task . In the meantime , i've grown tired or this heavier weight up top so i've been researching doctors for a few months around Texas. I also had consults with surgeons in Atlanta and Miami . I was attracted to those flashier doctors at first because they do really aggressive lipo and I feel like I need aggressive especially since i've had some lipo before. That means there will be scar tissue in some areas that will be tougher to maneuver. I'm not interested in a BBL or fat transfer. I'm never going to be a skinny person nor am I gym rat often enough to build and maintain a 6 pack and perfect toned arms and legs. I'm not saying it's impossible but it is improbable. I'm realistic about my expectations with lipo so I know that once this procedure is done , i still have work to do in order to get the upper abs to flatten. In any case , I decided against the Miami doctors because I saw a lot of stories online about women dying on the operating table from various missteps of the surgeons. Of course I know not all Miami doctors are bad but I saw enough. The Miami price are very cheap and tempting. I saw a lot of reviews about women saying they felt like they were in an assembly line and the doctors just rush and bring people in and out. I wanted to save money but not for that much additional risk . Elective surgery is a risk all together-but why add on more risk unnecessarily. So I started to look at smaller boutique surgery centers and found several in my own city which is Austin Texas. From start to finish I had 8 consults. I decided on Dr. Levesque here in Austin and he has a fairly small operation with privileges at a local surgery center. He offers liposuction under general or local- depending on how much work you want and if you want to be fully under . I felt a great vibe from the staff and the prices were fair and I was able to choose general because I didn't want local based on a prior scary experience with a bad doctor. I know i'm the type who needs to just be put under. Of course there are extra costs to go to the surgery center and for an anesthesiologist. Small price to pay for my sanity and surgeons can be more aggressive while you're under and the results tend to be better . The downside( in my opinion) is that the recovery is harder when you go under general because the doctor can just go to town on you pretty forcefully so you're sore. My surgery is tomorrow- May 15th. I'm nervous but I've been in this process before so i'm fully prepared , lol or I think I am. I'm getting lipo to my back, arms, bra roll, inner thighs and some touch up on the abs."- T. / RealSelf / May 15, 2020
"Helen, Dr. Levesque, Holly take the time to listen and respect your concerns. They are conservative with the treatment services and provide their time to consult and truly respect the patient concerns. I have recommend Levesque Plastic Surgery to several friends and family and will continue to do so without hesitation."- B.C. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Levesque is a kind, caring, calm surgeon. I went to him for a rhinoplasty (open approach with osteotomy as well as tip refinement) and cannot express enough thanks for the effortless experience - consultation to post-op. I was able to communication directly with Dr. Levesque whenever I had a concern or question, both pre and post op. I am in disbelief I felt fully recovered after only 3 days post-op and ready to go back to work. I had minimal pain for 3 days post op then switched to NSAIDs, as needed. There was some bruising, which I covered up with makeup. His longtime assistant Helen Klingensmith does my botox and dermal procedures. She is so cheerful, and great at finding the best prices for you!"- E. / Google / Dec 26, 2019
"Love this Doctor and his staff. After being hit by a drunk driver my right hand/wrist had some major repairs that needed to be done. Dr. Levesque walked me through the entire procedure, how/why, and answered any questions I had while I laid in the ER. Knowing and seeing that I was upset that I needed surgery he calmly explained reassured me that my hand wouldn't be "gone". I had 2 pins taken out of my wrist after a few weeks. That's not a "no pain" procedure. He did his best to be gentle and quick. Every time I've been to his office for follow ups he never rushes me, takes time to talk about life in general, always wants to make sure I'm happy with the results, and explains to me different options for the future. Thank you for everything."- J.H. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
Thigh Lift Ideal Candidates
Thigh lift surgery is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that eliminates excess skin. It is typically performed on patients who have lost at least 100 pounds. It's also popular among older people who are fighting sagging skin due to age, as well as with women whose body weight has changed due to pregnancy. If you have wrinkly, loose, or hanging skin on the upper thighs (the inner thighs, outer thighs, or both), a thigh lift may be a big help. If cellulite is your main issue, Dr. Levesque can suggest other procedures that may help improve the appearance of cellulite.
Thigh Lift Surgical Technique
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is usually administered to the patient. An incision is made around the upper area of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh and torso meet. This incision often runs down to the middle point of the thigh. This allows for enough room to use liposuction (if required) to remove isolated pockets of fat and to excise all of the loose skin. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it is taut and safely secured with sutures. In certain cases, an incision may be necessary on the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This procedure at Levesque Plastic Surgery reshapes the whole thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect with Thigh Lift
A thigh lift takes around 2 – 3 hours to complete. As soon as the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home for recovery. There may be swelling, discomfort, and bruising present for some time. Within a few days, most patients are able to walk slowly, which is important for better blood circulation and faster healing. The total recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Levesque will help the incision to heal so it is less visible. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs will help to boost your confidence, and you can show off your legs with pride.
Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will consist of many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. When Dr. Levesque has created your personal thigh lift surgical plan during your consultation, he will be better able to estimate your costs. Levesque Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your thigh lift easier to afford.
Will a thigh lift remove 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 excess fat, it may improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your legs. If you are worried about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Levesque know during your consultation so he can personalize your surgical plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Levesque suggests you be at or near a healthy weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will discuss what you can do to make your thigh lift results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Some patients pair a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or a butt lift for a comprehensive lower body lift procedure. A thigh lift can also be a common aspect of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Levesque about all your concerns and goals so he can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical procedures to tone your skin and reduce fat, they may help with small improvements. A surgical thigh lift is the best way to address moderate to severe amounts of sagging skin and pockets fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical treatments, ask Dr. Levesque for more information during your consultation. He will explain the benefits and drawbacks of nonsurgical and surgical thigh lift options, as well as his suggestion on which would better suit your goals.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have excess skin on your legs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX to learn more about surgical thigh lifts. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other cosmetic procedures, especially procedures that treat the lower body (like tummy tuck or a lower body lift), depending on your unique needs. Schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Levesque and get the toned appearance you desire.