A thigh lift or thighplasty is a plastic surgery procedure, during which your plastic surgeon removes excess fat and sagging skin from your thighs in order to reshape and tighten them. An inner thigh lift is called a medial thigh lift, while an outer thigh lift is referred to as a lateral thigh lift.
Drs. Pellegrino and Perrotta have extensive experience with thigh lifts, giving patients a more attractive, youthful appearance on the upper legs.
GOALS OF A THIGH LIFT
Tighter, smoother skin on thighs
Improved thigh contour and shape
Improved self image
CANDIDATES FOR A THIGH LIFT
Individuals with excess skin or severe wrinkles on the thighs
Individuals with excess fat on the thighs
What to Expect at your Consultation
Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you. After a focused physical examination, your surgeon will provide preliminary recommendations and explain what you can expect from surgery.
Once your surgeon determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote, which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications are rare. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. All informed consents for surgery will be filled out at this appointment and final payments are due at this time. You will be notified 24 hours prior to your surgery with your arrival time.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
Most thigh lifting procedures require general anesthesia or heavy IV sedation. In selected patients, epidural anesthesia suffices. Your surgeon will hide your incisions inside the groin area, inside your bikini line. For some patients, however, vertical incisions are necessary. Your surgeon then removes the excess skin on the thighs, and if necessary, will also perform liposuction. Thereafter, our staff applies dressings and your post-op garment.
In most cases, you can go home the same day. If you are a more mature patient, however, your surgeon may have you stay overnight in the hospital. You should be able to return to work within 2-3 weeks, but you must keep your knees together for about six weeks. After your procedure, you will follow-up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.