Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that focuses on changing the appearance and shape of the thighs. During the surgery, excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery can be for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, ageing effects, or genetic factors that contribute to loose thigh skin.
Is Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Surgery an option?
Are you suffering from skin irritation, pain, or chaffing due to excessive friction from lax thigh skin? If you’re experiencing any of these then a Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery may be an option in alleviating these issues.
Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery may address loose, excess skin, fat, cellulite, and loss of thigh elasticity.
However, it’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that individual results may vary.
The results of thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery depend on factors such as the surgeon’s skill and experience, the patient’s specific anatomical considerations, and following proper post-operative care instructions.
Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine if thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery is the appropriate option for you.
What are the Causes of Loose Thigh Skin?
Several factors can contribute to the development of lax thigh skin, including:
- The age-related collagen loss causes your skin to become less elastic.
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
- This is a rare, inherited connective tissue disorder that is characterised by impaired collagen production, resulting in loose skin.
- Weight fluctuations
- Being overweight or obese can damage your collagen and elastin fibers.
- After significant weight loss, you may notice that your skin loses its ability to retract back to its original position, resulting in loose skin.
- Weight gain during pregnancy stretches your skin. As a result, your skin may remain loose or become loose after you gave birth.
Are you a potential Candidate for a Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)?
In general, you may be a potential candidate for the procedure if you:
- Are bothered by the excess skin and fat on the inner, outer, or medial region of your thighs
- Are in good mental and physical health
- Don’t have a history of clotting or bleeding disorders.
- Are willing to adhere to Dr Patrick Briggs’s instructions after the procedure.
- Are willing to live a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.
- Don’t smoke.
- Have a stable weight.
- Have realistic expectations regarding the procedure.
- Want to change the skin irritations caused by loose skin on your thighs.
What are the reasons patients choose a Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)?
Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery will have several potential results, some of these include:
- Removal of excess skin: Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery may eliminate loose skin in the thigh area, particularly after significant weight loss or due to aging.
- Tightening of the skin: The procedure tightens the remaining skin.
- Thigh shape: Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery reshapes the thighs, altering their overall shape and proportion with the rest of the body.
- Reduction of cellulite: Thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Mobility and comfort: Removing excess skin can alleviate discomfort caused by chafing and irritation, allowing for more mobility and comfort during physical activities.
It’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and expectations to determine if a thigh lift is a suitable procedure for you.
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Before and After Photos
Due to the recent updates in guidelines by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), our website is currently undergoing substantial revisions. As a result, we have had to remove the majority of our Before and After photos to comply with these new regulations. Our utmost priority is to maintain the accuracy and compliance of our content, and we are actively working to reintroduce a more extensive collection of before and after photos in the near future. You can view additional Before and After photos of Dr Briggs’ patients, during an in-person consultation at our clinic.
The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.
Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.
In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.
What happens during a Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Procedure?
During a thigh lift (thighplasty) procedure, several steps are typically involved. Here is a general overview of what generally happens during a thigh lift (thighplasty);
- Anesthesia: The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
- Incision placement: The surgeon will strategically place incisions based on your specific needs and goals. Common incision locations include; the groin area, inner thigh, or along the natural creases of the thighs.
- Tissue repositioning and removal: The surgeon will lift and tighten the underlying tissues of the thighs. Excess skin and fat will be removed through surgical excision and/or liposuction techniques.
- Skin redraping: After repositioning and removing the necessary tissues, the remaining skin is carefully redraped over the newly contoured thigh area.
- Incision closure: The incisions are meticulously closed using sutures. In some cases, drains may be placed to help remove excess fluid during the initial healing period.
- Recovery and follow-up: After the procedure, you will be closely monitored in a recovery area.
It’s important to note that the specifics of the procedure will vary based on individual factors, such as the extent of correction needed and the surgical techniques employed by the plastic surgeon.
Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the thigh lift procedure tailored to your unique needs.
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What are the Risks and Complications?
General risks and complications of this procedure, include:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Changes in skin sensation
- Delayed wound healing
- Difficulty moving one or both legs
- Fluid accumulation
- Increasing pain at the surgical site
- Nerve damage
- Poor cosmetic results
- Possible need for revision surgery
- Pus draining at the wound site
- Recurrent looseness of skin on your thighs
- Separation or reopening of the wound
- Skin discoloration
- Skin irritation caused by sutures that spontaneously surface through your skin
- Unsightly scarring
For more information visit our Risks of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Page
What to Expect during your Recovery Period?
The recovery period after a thigh lift (thighplasty) surgery is an important phase for proper healing and optimal results. Below are some general expectations for the thigh lift (thighplasty) recovery period:
- Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after a thigh lift and may persist for several weeks.
- Applying cold compresses and keeping the legs elevated can help reduce swelling.
- Your surgeon may also recommend wearing compression garments to support the healing process.
- Discomfort and pain: You can expect some level of discomfort and pain following the surgery.
- Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to manage any discomfort.
- It’s important to follow the prescribed medication schedule and avoid strenuous activities that can increase pain.
- Dressings and drains: You may have dressings over the incision sites, and in some cases, drains may be placed to remove excess fluid.
- Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the dressings and drains, and when to have them removed.
- Restricted activities: During the initial recovery period, you’ll need to limit physical activities, especially those that strain the thigh area.
- Your surgeon will provide guidelines on when you can gradually resume activities such as walking, light exercise, and returning to work.
- Follow-up appointments: You’ll have scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress, remove sutures, and assess your healing.
- These appointments are crucial for ensuring proper recovery and addressing any concerns or complications that may arise.
- Scar care: Thigh lift surgery leaves scars, which will gradually fade over time.
- Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the incision sites to promote optimal healing and minimize the appearance of scars.
- This may include keeping the incisions clean, avoiding sun exposure, and using scar treatment products.
It’s important to note that individual recovery experiences may vary, and your surgeon will provide personalised instructions based on your specific case. Following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions diligently will help promote a smooth recovery and enhance your final results
Minimising Scars after Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Surgery
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including so-called ‘scarless’ methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are careful about scar placement and management, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange post-op appointments with our nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help manage scars.
How much is a Thigh lift (Thighplasty) in Melbourne? Prices and Costs
Many Thigh lift (thighplasty) patients ask about the price and whether the procedure is covered by Medicare or Private health Insurance. Thigh Surgery prices can vary depending on the time and extent of surgery required.
All procedures are individualised and customised to get the results for you. For this reason, it is hard to determine an exact price that would be valid for a thigh lift patient without a consultation first.
During the consultation, Dr Briggs will talk to you about your desires, possibilities, and expectations that you have from plastic surgery. You will also receive a specific quote for your Thigh lift (thighplasty) operation after the consultation.
If you need more information, visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) Surgery – Medicare
Some Thigh Lift Surgery procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Purely cosmetic Thigh Lift (thighplasty) Surgery procedures are usually NOT covered by Medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
How to find a Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since thigh lift (thighplasty) is a major procedure, you’ll need a thigh lift (thighplasty) plastic surgeon.
In Australia, a plastic surgeon must have the following qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, typically a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
- A minimum of two years of general medical training as a junior hospital doctor.
- Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training program, which includes at least five years of accredited surgical training, with at least two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Plastic surgeons in Australia must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Medical Board of Australia.
You also want to ensure the surgeon you choose has:
- Extensive experience in different types of Thigh Lift surgery
- Available Patient Before and After Photos.
- Detailed recovery plans
- A great support team.
Further reading – Medical references
- Di Pietro V, Gianfranco MC, Cervelli V, Gentile P. Medial Thigh Contouring in Massive Weight Loss: A Liposuction-Assisted Medial Thigh Lift. World J Plast Surg. 2019;8(2):171-180. doi:10.29252/wjps.8.2.171. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6620815/.
- Labardi L, Gentile P, Gigliotti S, Marianetti M, Colicchia GM, Pascali M, Brinci L, Cervelli V. Medial thighplasty: horizontal and vertical procedures after massive weight loss. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2012 Jan;5(1):20-5. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.94330. PMID: 22557851; PMCID: PMC3339123. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22557851/.
- Paul MA, Opyrchał J, Knakiewicz M, Jaremków P, Duda-Barcik Ł, Ibrahim AMS, Lin SJ. The long-term effect of body contouring procedures on the quality of life in morbidly obese patients after bariatric surgery. PLoS One. 2020 Feb 21;15(2):e0229138. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229138. PMID: 32084189; PMCID: PMC7034793. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32084189/.
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