Thigh Lift in San Diego, CA

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About Thigh Lift Surgery

Accomplishing significant weight loss is a huge triumph for many men and women, and it often can be the start of a new and healthy life. Despite this, patients who undergo tremendous weight loss are often faced with one final obstacle preventing them from fully reaching their body goals: loose skin. Depending on the amount of weight you have lost, how long you were overweight, and your skin's laxity, you may have developed sagging, hanging skin throughout the body. The thighs, in particular, can garner an excessive amount of loose skin. To address this issue and help you achieve the body you want, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs thigh lifts for his San Diego, CA patients. Also called thighplasty, thigh lift surgery is known to produce lasting and natural-looking results for women and men battling loose skin throughout their body. To learn more about this body contouring procedure, contact our team at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic and schedule your private consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Thighplasty is a skin tightening and removal surgery that reduces the amount of extra skin on the thighs. This body contouring procedure is typically considered an after weight loss treatment because hanging skin throughout the inner and outer thighs is common in patients who have lost a tremendous amount of weight. Thigh lift surgery is often performed for women and men who have lost 100 pounds or more. It also can be helpful for older women and men who are battling loose skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose weight changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have loose, hanging, or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (outer, inner, or both), this surgery could be an effective and lasting option. If cellulite is a concern, please inform Dr. Laverson so he can fully personalize your treatment plan and address the dimpled skin on your thighs.

Surgical Technique

While performing your thigh lift surgery at our AAAASF-accredited surgical facility, general anesthesia will be used. Your thighplasty will be completely customized to suit your unique body and needs. There are two popular methods to complete this procedure that produce two different scar patterns. The first is a crescent-type skin removal, which is best for excess skin that is smaller and localized to the top of the inner thigh. The second technique is best used if your unwanted skin extends further down the thigh. This method removes the skin from the middle and even lower thigh, if necessary. A hockey stick-shaped incision is made to accomplish this. Dr. Laverson creates incisions in places where they can easily be concealed by most types of clothing or in the natural folds of your body.

What to Expect

Thighplasty takes about 3 – 4 hours to perform in full. Once your procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to recover. You will likely experience some degree of discomfort, bruising, and swelling during the first few days of your recovery. After several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walk around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy incision healing. The overall recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Laverson will help your surgical incision to heal properly. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs will help you regain your self-confidence, and you can display your thighs with pride. This surgery provides lasting results that look natural and seamless once you have recovered fully.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and removing stubborn fat pockets, it also improves the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your upper legs. If you're concerned about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Laverson know in your consultation so he can customize your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.

How long will my results last?
If you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet following your surgery, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Laverson advises you be at or near a healthy, sustainable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Laverson will give you advice on what will make your results last.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Many patients combine a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a customized lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Laverson about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you your best results.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical treatments to reduce fat and tone your skin, these are best for mild improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to address significant amounts of loose skin and stubborn fat on your thighs. If you're considering nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Laverson to give you more information in your initial consultation. He will tell you the pros and cons of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, as well as provide a recommendation regarding which would be best for your needs.

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If extra skin on your thighs is making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, we encourage you to contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic in San Diego, CA. Our knowledgeable, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson will be more than happy to perform a thorough assessment of your skin and devise a customized treatment plan that meets your aesthetic goals. To receive lasting results that look natural and beautiful, contact our office today.

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