If you have extra loose skin on your inner thighs, a thigh lift might be right for you. A thigh lift procedure removes loose skin from the inner thighs. A thigh lift involves removal of excess thigh tissue, both skin and fat.
After you arrive at our office, you’ll first meet with one of Dr. Kavali’s Physician Assistants, Maggie or Alicia. They will begin the consultation process by reviewing your medical history, establishing your goals for the surgery, and by taking relevant photographs for your medical record.
Dr. Kavali will complete the consultation process by meeting with you to personally hear about your goals for surgery and for a physical exam. This conversation will help Dr. Kavali understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be met.
The consultation time is meant to be comfortable and educational. We want you to feel completely informed, so you can make your own personal best decision.
The thigh lift incisions lie at the junction of the thigh and the groin, in the crease where your underwear elastic generally rests. The thigh lift is usually performed on the inner surface of the thighs but can include the outer thigh area and buttock in some cases (with a lower body lift).
If you have extra skin all the way down to your knees, you may have a vertical incision extending from your groin to your knee, placed on the inside of your leg so it’s not noticeable from the front or back.
In many cases, liposuction is an also used as an adjunct procedure, but cannot replace a thigh lift if there is a lot of extra skin. Dr. Kavali will discuss which type of procedure might best meet your goals.
It’s very common to combine body contouring procedures into one operative session and one recovery. One of the more common combinations involves thigh and lower body contouring together. Or you might include liposuction of other body areas, or even facial contouring. Just talk with Dr. Kavali about your concerns, and she will help you put together a plan that’s safe for you.
If you have only an thigh lift done, you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery. If you choose to combine your thigh lift with other procedures, you may need to stay overnight at the surgery facility, then will be able to go home the next day.
You will be sore, but functional. You can drive when you are no longer taking narcotics for pain and you feel like you can react appropriately in traffic. Most people are able to drive sometime near the end of the first week after surgery.
Thousands of thigh lift surgeries are done each year, and most go well with no major problems. But problems certainly can occur, as with any surgery. Some of the potential complications include reactions to anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically, and infection. Wound healing problems can occur, as well as poor scarring. Dr. Kavali does everything possible to minimize the risk of any complications. However, if a complication does occur, she’ll be right there to help you and guide you through the healing process.
Once all your questions have been answered during your consultation, you’ll meet with Christina, our Patient Coordinator, who will put together the financial and scheduling information you’ll need. We never want you to feel pressured to schedule any surgery. Dr. Kavali prefers that you gather all the information you need and take all the time you need to feel comfortable with your decision to proceed.
Once you are ready to schedule your surgery, just let us know. We’ll coordinate a surgery date with you, then we’ll see you again for your preoperative appointment, which will take place a couple of weeks before your surgery date. Of course, we know that many people (like our out-of-state clients) have special circumstances that may require their preoperative appointment to take place closer to the surgery date, and we’re happy to oblige.
Be sure to go to the “Patient info” link on this site. You can find consent forms and instructions for each procedure, and you’ll find information about what to do and what to expect before and after your surgery.