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
"I had a dog bite that resulted in a 3 sided laceration to my lower lip and a puncture wound on my chin that needed to be repaired. Dr. Levesque did such a wonderful job that even though I'm only a week out it's not even noticeable. I am so lucky he was on call. I would 100% see him again for other elective procedures. Thank you!"- M.R. / Yelp / Sep 09, 2019
"What a joy to work with Helen Klingensmith! Helen has been my preferred provider for Dysport for many years and I’m so pleased to be connected with her through Levesque Plastic Surgery. Her bedside manner is unprecedented...she is very thorough and always explains what to expect and is very compassionate. Her technique is unrivaled — I have NEVER even had so much as a pinpoint bruise. I highly respect Helen and recommend her without hesitation."- G.R. / Google / Jul 12, 2019
"Dr. Levesque and his staff are the best you will ever find, as health care professionals and as people. I will miss visiting with them, now that the jaw reconstruction is complete."- M.M. / Yelp / Jul 09, 2019
"I am so excited I saw Helen Klingensmith today! I am very picky about who touches my face and I haven’t seen anyone since Helen left Devenir Aesthetics. So I was ecstatic to learn she joined Dr. Andre Levesque’s plastic surgery office and I just got back from having Botox. As always, Helen was amazing. It didn’t hurt one bit (and I am not a fan of needles), always double checked where she was injecting and made sure I was comfortable the entire time. I am super excited to get rid of these wrinkles again! Thank you Helen – you are the best ever!"- J.K. / Google / May 29, 2019
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.
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
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.
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.