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A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that aims to contour your thighs to improve the overall appearance. The plastic surgeon will remove excess skin or tissue from the outer and inner parts of the thigh area so that you get a more youthful and smoother looking thighs. Many patients who receive a thigh lift procedure have loss of elasticity in the thighs, or a dimpled, flabby, or saggy appearance. This procedure is also common with individuals who have lost a lot of weight lately and are dissatisfied with the wrinkled appearance on their thighs due to excess skin that has been left behind.
Scottsdale and Gilbert surgeon Dr. Jude LaBarbera will re-contour the skin and tissue in your thigh area to enhance the appearance. If you are unable to attain your desired thigh look with exercise and diet, then a thigh lift can help. In some cases, the plastic surgeon will combine thighplasty with other cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck or body lit to address saggy skin or flabby appearance in the tummy and other areas of the body. This ensures that the benefit gets more benefits from the same procedure.
Who should choose a thigh lift?
You may be an ideal candidate for a thighplasty if:
- You want firmer and more youthful looking legs
- You lost weight or muscle leaving the skin on the wrinkled/sagging
- You previously had liposuction that left loose skin
In cases where the skin elasticity is good, liposuction alone may be used to remove excess fat to form new body contours. But in situations where the elasticity of skin is poor, a thigh lift together with liposuction might be recommended. Dr. Jude LaBarbera will assess your thighs and come up with a proper, individualized treatment plan for you.
Your initial thigh lift consultation with Dr. Jude LaBarbera
Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgery performs thigh lifts for patients in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and surrounding Arizona areas. The first step is to visit his Scottsdale or Gilbert, AZ Plastic Surgery office. During this visit, Dr. Jude will examine you, determine your motivations for receiving this procedure, and let you know what can be expected. The surgeon will also gather information on your medical history, allergies that you may have, as well as discuss treatment options. This visit also serves as a great opportunity for patients to convey their concerns and ask any questions they may have about the procedure. If Dr. LaBarbera decides that you are a good fit for this procedure, he will determine the amount of excess fat and skin that needs to be removed in order to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Thigh lift plastic surgery takes two or more hours to complete and is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgeon will examine and consult with the patient to ensure that incisions are made in the most effective manner for each case. The various types of thigh lift procedures include an inner thigh lift, a bilateral thigh lift, and a medial thigh lift. Medial thigh lift – focuses on removing excess fat and tightening the skin on the upper parts of the inner thigh. An incision will be made from the groin all the way to the inner buttock crease. The surgeon will then remove excess fat and tighten the skin to enhance the appearance of the upper, inner thigh. Before thighplasty, the surgeon will mark the thighs while the patient is standing. Once the procedure is complete, incisions are typically shut with deep sutures to ensure there’s no sagging after healing. Many skilled surgeons hide the scar from the surgery well in the groin crease. During thighplasty targeting the outer thigh, the surgeon may lift the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift). This procedure necessitates longer incisions than an ordinary thigh lift. In cases where there’s an extra-large amount of fatty tissue, liposuction may be performed before a thighplasty. Inner thigh lift – This procedure targets the inner thigh area. It is usually a good option for patients who have a mild to moderate amount of excess fat and skin. This option is more involved and includes a final scar down the inner aspect of the thigh toward the knee.
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The recovery time after thighplasty varies depending on the extent of the procedure. Most patients experience a minimal degree of pain but this can be alleviated with medication. After surgery, patients are required to avoid leg movement and rest as much as possible for about 10 days. Most of the swelling and bruising are going with a few weeks, and many patients are able to resume their normal routine within 2 months.
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The typical cost of a thigh lift in Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Gilbert, AZ is between $6,000 and $10,000. The total cost will be higher if other surgeries (such as a tummy tuck) are performed at the same time as the thigh lift. Additional anesthesia fees and related expenses may also apply. Insurance typically does not cover thigh lift procedures. Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs thigh lift cosmetic surgery at his in-office operating room, with the support of highly professional and licensed staff. He works individually with each patient to make sure that the desired results are achieved.
“Dr. LaBarbera is absolutely incredible. He was always a text or phone call away if I had the slightest bit of worry about my operation.” – K.T.
“I wish I could give him more than 5 stars! Loved him ! – M.T.