Thigh Lift in Philadelphia, PA As people age or undergo weight fluctuations, loose, flabby tissue along the thigh can occur. This can affect both the self-image and confidence. Certain clothing, including bathing suits, may seem off limits; pants and jeans can become very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, diet and exercise alone cannot make a change in the stubborn tissue of the thigh. There are innovative surgical procedures available however, that can restore a thin, youthful appearance to the thighs and upper legs.The Thigh Lift is a procedure designed to bring balance and proportion to the thighs. By removing excess skin and fat, the thigh will become smoother with an attractive contour. The Thigh Lift can provide excellent results even when performed alone. To obtain optimal benefits, however, the Thigh Lift can be combined with a Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover.The ideal Thigh Lift Candidate:The best candidate for a Thigh Lift will be someone with excess soft, fatty tissue, and redundant skin on the outer or inner thigh. Patients should have a relatively stable weight, be in overall good health, understand the Thigh Lift procedure, and have reasonable expectations for their results. At the consultation appointment with Dr. Lohner, it will be determined if the Thigh Lift is the right procedure to meet the individual’s unique needs.How to get started towards a Thigh Lift:Potential patients should begin their Thigh Lift process by doing research. Options include the most limited procedure known as a medial thigh lift. Other options include lateral thigh lifts, longitudinal thigh lifts, or the rarest form, the proximal circumferential thigh lift. Some are performed in combination with operations such as an Abdominoplasty or total Body Lift. Once the surgical techniques, recovery time, and expected results are understood, it will be time to schedule a Thigh Lift consultation at Lohner Plastic Surgery.During the first visit with Dr. Lohner, he will take a complete medical history, review current medications, perform a quick physical exam, and get to know the patient’s desires for aesthetic correction. Dr. Lohner will show Before/After photos of his recent Thigh Lift surgeries to assist patients visualize their potential results. If a Thigh Lift is determined to be the right procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient, an individualized surgical plan will be created.What you can do to prepare for a Thigh Lift:Once the Thigh Lift has been scheduled, you are only steps away from the more slender, contoured legs you have been dreaming about. Take just a few minutes to read over all of the post-operative instructions that are given by Dr. Lohner during the consultation. If any questions arise, contact the office for an explanation. Think about the following key points, as well:Arrange for transportation home from the surgical center, as well as help over the first few days. Have a friend or family member assist with small chores or your children.Pick up prescriptions and supplies before the day of your surgery. This can include extra pillows, ice packs, easy to prepare meals, and extra reading materials.Take plenty of time off from work or school to fully recover. On average, people need from one to two weeks to comfortably heal. Also, plan for the follow-up appointments with Dr. Lohner; never skip an office visit, even if you feel well.The Thigh Lift procedure:Dr. Lohner normally performs the Thigh Lift as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia. It will take between two and three hours to complete. This will depend on the extent of correction required, as well as the specific technique used. Patients can either have a Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift or a Horizontal (Outer) Thigh Lift.Longitudinal Thigh Lift: The Longitudinal Thigh Lift will involve an incision running down the inner thigh, from the groin are to the knee. This technique can provide excellent improvement in the shape and contour of the thigh. The only drawback of a Longitudinal Thigh Lift is a scar running down the inner thigh to the knee that can show in swimwear or under short clothing.Medial Thigh Lift: The Medial Thigh Lift involves an incision running along the pelvic crease or bikini line around the body towards the hip. Also referred to as a Short Scar Thigh Lift, this procedure results in a scar that is easily concealed under most all clothing. The Medial Thigh Lift only provides correction for the upper 1/3 of just the inside thigh. While excess skin and fat are removed, the procedure is unable to correct the full thigh.Once the incisions have been made, excess fatty tissue and skin will be excised from the thigh. Liposuction may be included in the procedure to further sculpt the leg. Once the desired aesthetic results have been achieved, Dr. Lohner will place sutures to allow for proper healing.Potential risks from a Thigh Lift:Dr. Lohner has been performing the Thigh Lift procedure in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years; he is specially trained to provide patients with the most innovative treatments available today. The Thigh Lift is considered very safe when performed by a Board Certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Lohner. As it is a surgical procedure however, there is always the rare chance complications may occur. If so, these can include infection, excessive bleeding, scarring asymmetry, fluid accumulation, and numbness.The recovery from a Thigh Lift:Patients need to give themselves about 1-2 weeks to recovery from their Thigh Lift. Initially, bruising and swelling will occur; this will resolve over the next two to three weeks. There may be a ‘tight’ feeling in the thighs, temporary numbness along the surgical area, and mild discomfort for several days. Dr. Lohner will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortable at home. Antibiotics may be prescribed as well, to prevent the risk for infection.A compression garment will be required for the few several weeks, to alleviate swelling and assist the healing process. Strenuous activity should be postponed for at least four to six weeks. After seven to ten days, patients will normally feel well enough to return to work. While immediate improvement can be seen in the thigh’s appearance, as the swelling resolves, the full results of the Thigh Lift can be seen. This may take a few months to ameliorate.Scars After a Thigh Lift: A Thigh Lift does result in visible scarring. The location of these scars will depend on the technique used. A Longitudinal Thigh Lift will leave a scar running laterally downward from the groin area to the knee, down the inner thigh. An Outer Thigh Lift uses a horizontal incision, therefore the scarring is along the groin crease, running from the pubic area around toward the outside of the thigh. While the scars will fade over time, they will be permanent. Most clothing will cover the scars, but under bathing suits, small shorts, and miniskirts, the scars may show. Patients are so pleased with the slender contour of their legs, after a Thigh Lift, that the scarring is not usually problematic. FAQ:How much does a Thigh Lift cost? The price of the Thigh Lift varies depends on the level of correction required. Patients can anticipate the cost of a Thigh Lift Ranging from $6000 to $8000.Who is a good candidate for the Thigh Lift? The ideal Thigh Lift candidate will be a man or woman frustrated with the shape/size of their thighs. They should be in generally good health and with reasonable surgical expectations.When can I return to work after a Thigh Lift? Patients normally feel well enough to return to work about seven to ten days after the Thigh Lift procedure.Can I finance my Thigh Lift procedure? Patients have the choice of paying for their Thigh Lift with cash, credit card, and medical financing. Lohner Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit to make procedures affordable for all patients. Contact our office or visit CareCredit.com for more details.