It is not uncommon for women and men to find their thighs becoming troublesome, especially with age. Weight gain or fluctuations, genetic disposition, and the inevitable loss in skin elasticity can make the thighs large, unsightly, and even uncomfortable. When out of proportion with body type, the thighs can cause a dramatic loss in self-confidence. These individuals may be so uncomfortable with the appearance of their legs that shorts and swimwear are avoided all together. The thigh lift, from Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, is a surgical procedure designed especially for those patients looking to reshape the inner and outer thigh. By reducing fat and eliminating loose skin, Dr. Paul Vitenas’ thigh lift procedure can create a more proportionate leg and restore confidence in the appearance.
The Thigh Lift from Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
The thigh lift, sometimes known as a thighplasty, is a surgical procedure that meticulously reduces excess skin and fatty tissue along the inner and/or outer thigh. While liposuction can be used to eliminate excess fatty tissue, the thigh lift procedure also reduces lax skin and provides additional support to the internal structures of the upper leg. By eliminating the underlying fat and stretched skin, the thigh will become smoother and tauter. With a more streamlined contour, the thighs will no longer rub under clothing, taking on a trimmer and aesthetically pleasing look.
A Thigh Lift Can:
- Improve the appearance of both the outer and inner thigh
- Remove excess skin
- Eliminate unsightly fatty tissue
- Tighten leg muscles
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
The Ideal Thigh Lift Patient
An ideal thigh lift candidate will be looking to improve the overall size and shape of their thighs. Potential patients should be in generally good health, at a stable weight, be a nonsmoker, fully understand the surgical procedure, and hold realistic expectations for their thigh lift results.
Prior to scheduling a thigh lift, a confidential consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Vitenas, either in-person or online. During this time, the surgeon will review medical history, discuss the desired aesthetic results, and perform an examination of the legs. Dr. Vitenas will explain the options for a thigh lift in detail, including the pros and cons of surgery, as well as the recovery requirements. After reviewing before/after photographs of his recent thigh lift patients, Dr. Vitenas will determine if the technique is the ideal option. If so, a personalized thigh lift treatment plan will be created. If any additional procedures are recommended, such as liposuction or an abdominoplasty, these will be included in the surgical plan.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
Dr. Vitenas will perform the thigh lift in one of his private surgical suites at the Houston Surgery Center, located adjacent to the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery office. While the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, the length of time will vary according to the individual patient, the extent of correction, and if any additional procedures will be performed. Most thigh lift surgeries take between one and three hours to perform using general anesthesia.
Dr. Vitenas will begin by creating a small incision along a predetermined area. This will depend on the desired results. An inner thigh lift involves an incision along the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the body to the back of the thigh or towards the knee. An outer thigh lift utilizes an incision running from the groin, around the hip, then along the lower back. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Vitenas will determine the most strategic location for your thigh lift incisions. While scarring does occur along the incision lines, Dr. Vitenas uses meticulous care to place the scars in the most well-concealed location possible.
Once the excess fat and lax skin have been excised, Dr. Vitenas will tighten and support the remaining muscles and tissues. By placing deep sutures, the underlying tissues are supported for long-term shape and volume. Finally, the incisions are sutured for proper healing, with a compression garment in place to reduce the chance for swelling and fluid buildup.
The Houston Surgery Center is located in the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery building. Dr. Vitenas’ private, state-of-the-art surgical suites are designed to provide the safest procedures available today. The Houston Surgery Center also includes an optional 24-hour recovery suite, offering the benefits of a technologically advanced hospital setting, nestled in a home-like environment. Patients choosing the overnight recovery suite will have private nursing care, meals, and a comfortable room with a pull-out sofa space for an overnight guest.
Thigh Lift Results and Recovery
The recovery from a thigh lift will vary from patient to patient, taking from one to two weeks. Most patients are comfortable enough to return to work in seven to ten days. Redness, swelling, and bruising are common, as well as moderate discomfort Dr. Vitenas will provide the necessary pain medications to manage the initial tenderness. A surgical garment will be put in place immediately after surgery and will need to remain in place for several weeks.
Thigh lift patients are encouraged to begin walking as soon as possible. While light, routine activities can be resumed in just a few days, strenuous exercise will need to be avoided for at least six weeks. Dr. Vitenas will carefully follow your recovery and give the go-ahead for adding more intense activities.
While the thighs may be smoother and tauter immediately after surgery, the full results will be obscured by swelling. While bruising and swelling will significantly fade over the first several weeks, residual swelling may take up to six months to fully dissipate.
Schedule Your Thigh Lift Consultation at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Vitenas, has more than 30 years of thigh lift experience. Over time, Dr. Vitenas has developed his own, advanced surgical techniques, bringing patients unmatched body contouring results. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.484.0088 to schedule a confidential thigh lift consultation. Located close to the Houston Galleria and Greenway Plaza, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery is easily reached from anywhere in the city.
Thigh Lift FAQ
What is a thigh lift?
The thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the inner or outer thighs. By eliminating sagging skin and fatty tissue, Dr. Vitenas can create a smoother, tighter thigh. Using innovative sutures deep within the thigh, he can provide long-lasting support for the muscles and remaining tissues.
Am I a good candidate for the thigh lift procedure?
The ideal candidate for a thigh lift will be someone in generally good health and close to their ideal body weight. Patients should understand the thigh lift procedure, commit to the recovery requirements, and hold reasonable expectations for the final results.
Where is Dr. Vitenas’ thigh lift performed?
Dr. Vitenas will perform your thigh lift at the Houston Surgery Center, located in the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery building.
Where will my thigh lift incisions be placed?
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Vitenas will determine the best location for your thigh lift incisions. These generally run from the groin around the thigh and hip to the lower back, or travel downwards to the knee.
Can I expect scarring after my thigh lift?
Yes, after your thigh lift, scarring will occur along the incision lines. However, Dr. Vitenas uses extreme care in determining the best location for these incisions, working meticulously to keep scars as well-concealed under clothing as possible.
How long is my thigh lift recovery?
The average recovery time from a thigh lift is one to two weeks. This will depend on the individual patient and the extent of correction required.
When can I return to work after my thigh lift?
Most people are feeling well enough to go back to work seven to ten days after their thigh lift procedure. Swelling is common; therefore, a compression garment will be required for the first several weeks. Strenuous exercise will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
What are the potential risks of a thigh lift?
Dr. Vitenas has been safely providing patients his expert thigh lifts for 30 years. As with any surgical procedure, however, there is always a small risk for complications to occur. While rare, there is a slight chance for excessive bleeding, unexpected scarring, nerve damage, and asymmetry. Dr. Vitenas will carefully explain the potential for complications during your thigh lift consultation.
What is the cost of a thigh lift?
The average cost of a thigh lift is approximately $15,000. This will depend on several factors, including the extent of correction and whether any additional techniques will be performed. The only way to know the exact cost of your own thigh lift will be to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vitenas.
Will I have the option to finance my thigh lift?
Yes, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery makes paying for your thigh lift easy by accepting cash, all major credit cards, and healthcare financing through CareCredit and ALPHEON Credit. Speak with a patient coordinator at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery our office for additional information on financing your thigh lift procedure.