Thigh Lift in Atlanta, GA
A thigh lift can help reshape the lower body and restore confidence. Dr. Marisa Lawrence performs thigh lifts on residents throughout Atlanta, Alpharetta and other nearby Georgia communities. Learn more about how a thigh lift can transform your body.
What is a Thigh Lift?
Thighplasty, or thigh lift, reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin and fat to improve the overall appearance of the thighs. A thigh lift can reduce sagging in the inner, outer, or circumferential thigh. It is often a procedure performed on patients who have lost a great deal of weight.
What Happens During Thigh Lift Surgery?
Thighplasty takes about two to four hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Incision patterns vary based on the areas to be treated and degree of correction required. Plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence will consult with each patient to ensure incisions are made in the most effective manner for each particular case. Types of thighplasty include a medial thigh lift, a circumferential upper thigh lift, and an inner thigh lift.
A medial thigh lift tightens skin and fat on the upper part of the inner thigh. An incision is made along the groin crease extending back to the buttock crease as needed. The skin is then lifted and excess fat and skin removed to improve the appearance of the upper inner thigh. Improving the contours of the outer thigh as well may require an incision extending from the groin all the way around the upper thigh. An incision is made at the top of the leg, about where the lower edge of a bikini bottom or underwear would be. A small amount of skin is removed and the remaining skin is pulled up, which tightens the skin along both sides of the leg. When extensive reduction in skin is required, the groin incision may be combined with a longitudinal incision from the groin to the inner knee to improve the entire contour of the upper leg.
For a thighplasty Dr. Lawrence will mark the thighs before surgery while the patient is standing. In all types of thighplasty, incisions are sutured carefully with deep sutures to ensure there is no sagging after the incisions heal. During the procedure, drains are put in place to allow excess fluid to drain out after surgery. The drains are usually removed after several days.
If there is an excessive amount of fatty tissue on the thighs, liposuction may be recommended to reduce the size of the thigh prior to removing the skin. The thighplasty procedure is then performed 3–6 months after liposuction when the tissue has healed.
What is the Recovery After Thigh Lift Surgery?
Recovery time depends on the extent of the procedure. Most patients experience minimal pain that is alleviated with medication. Patients should rest as much as possible and avoid leg movement. Patients should plan to take 2–3 weeks off work to recover. Bruising and swelling are usually gone within a month and patients are able to return to all normal activities within 6 weeks.
How to Get a Thigh Gap
A thigh gap is defined as a gap in the legs when you stand up straight with your legs on the floor. Celebrities and fad diets have made a thigh gap popular, but it isn’t attainable or “right” for every body type. A thigh lift may or may not help you achieve a thigh gap. If you want a thigh gap, be sure to mention it during your consultation with Dr. Lawrence.
Schedule a Thigh Lift Consultation Today
Dr. Marisa Lawrence is nationally recognized for her skills as a body contouring surgeon. She is proud to help patients achieve their ideal physique through procedures like thigh lift surgery. To learn more about this advanced procedure, or other treatments, like the tummy tuck, contact our practice today. We proudly serve the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta and nearby communities.