Thighplasty, or thigh lift surgery, is a popular cosmetic surgery option for patients seeking firmer, more attractive upper legs. Like with other areas and specific body lifts, thighplasty helps tighten excess, loose, or hanging skin. There are several different types of thigh lift procedures that may be performed, depending upon the patient's needs and goals. Thigh lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery for even better results.
Before and After Photos of Thigh Lifts with Dr. Hazen
Thigh Lift Procedure
Dr. Hazen often performs liposuction first as necessary, to remove unwanted fat. Next, an incision is made in the crease of the groin. The incision may extend down the medial aspect of the thigh, if there is a lot of excess skin. The excess skin is removed and the skin is redraped and reshaped to give a smoother and more pleasing contour. Dr. Hazen often places drains to remove excess fluid, and uses absorbable sutures so there are no stitch marks. The patient wears a compressive garment for a few weeks following the procedure to help with healing and swelling. After your thigh lift procedure, you return home the same day. The results of thighplasty will be noticeable immediately and will continue to improve over the following weeks.
Who is a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
In general, candidates for a thigh lift are:
People whose weight is relatively stable
Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thigh region and/or the outer (lateral) thigh
Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
Post Surgery Recovery
Recovery from a thigh lift is approximately two weeks. Patients are encouraged to walk during this time and have gentle activity.
Why Choose Dr. Hazen
Dr. Hazen has extensive experience with post weight-loss body contouring and was the Director of the NYU Aesthetic Surgery Center for over 15 years. Her expertise and personality make her a great choice for this procedure.
What to Expect From Your Consultation
After welcoming you, Dr. Hazen takes a thorough look at your medical history and conditions, including hospitalizations and medications taken. A physical exam is performed. Your goals and desires for surgery are fully explored, and Dr. Hazen gives a comprehensive explanation of the surgical procedures that are possible for you, including complications and risks. She describes your individual recovery process. Now you have the option to have your pre-operative photos taken (saves a visit). Dr. Hazen and you may explore any issues that are blocking or interfering with the surgery actually happening, including anxieties around it. Then your surgery plan is made with a time line. If the procedure is not covered by insurance, you receive an estimate for surgery and anesthesia.