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Thigh Lift

Loose skin along the outer thighs is a common problem after losing a large amount of weight. Because this is a problem with a loss of skin elasticity and not excess fat, it cannot be completely fixed with just diet and exercise alone. For men and women who want to reshape the appearance of their thighs for a beautifully natural outcome, we recommend thigh lift surgery. At Smith Plastic Surgery, we perform the thigh lift as an outpatient procedure at our own on-site surgical suite. This helps to significantly cut down on the cost of a thigh lift and will shorten the time you spend in surgery or recovering. A thigh lift can be performed as part of a full body contouring surgery, or as a standalone procedure. Dr. Smith will work individually with you to create a customized thigh lift plan based on your current condition and desired outcome. Like all body contouring surgeries, the thigh lift is not a weight loss procedure and works best for men and women who have reached a stable weight. While some excess fat can be removed with liposuction, surgery is most effective for those who are close to their ideal weight. Dr. Smith performs this surgery through an incision along the inner portion of your groin and thigh. In some cases, the incision may extend around the hip. From the incision, Dr. Smith will reshape the underlying tissue to create a slim, natural-looking contour. Excess skin is then removed before closing your incisions to reduce any sagging and achieve the smooth and well-toned appearance you desire. We get great results with privacy and cost effectiveness. Call 952-922-0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free, next-morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may leave your contact information on the form to your right. Enjoy the good life! Click here to view our Before & After Gallery. For additional information on thigh lift surgery, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Thigh Lift ASPS Procedure Guide

A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and, in some cases, fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.
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Is a Thigh Lift Right For Me?

Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery Have:
  • Body weight that is relatively stable
  • Excess tissue along the inner (medial) thigh and/or the outer thigh
  • No medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Positive outlook and realistic goals for thigh lift surgery
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and fitness
What it won’t do: Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.


Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

The incision

Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction, and patient-surgeon preference. One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and redraped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours. You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate. Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions, your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive. Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly-shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.

Results of Thigh Lift Surgery

Although the results may initially be obscured by some swelling and bruising, the smoother, tighter contouring from your thigh lift will be apparent almost immediately. You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and to support the tissues as they heal. Following a thigh lift, skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. The decision to have thigh lift surgery is, of course, extremely personal. You’ll have to decide if the benefits of achieving your goals outweigh any potential risks and complications. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail any general risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and have been made aware of these possible risks/complications.

When You Go Home

When your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. One or more small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary. Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions not be subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.