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.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Thigh Lift 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.
Thigh Lift 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 with Thigh Lift
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.
Thigh Lift 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
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.