In the process of massive weight loss or aging of the tissues, the skin and fat of the thigh may begin to sag, resulting in an undesirable appearance. Doctor Matthew Camp offers corrective surgery for sagging skin and excess fat of the thighs in Minnetonka, Edina, and Burnsville, Minnesota.
Improvements from a Thigh Lift
There are two basic approaches: medial thigh lifts, which target the inner thighs, and lateral thigh lifts, which target saddle bags. Doctor Camp will evaluate your anatomy and suggest the proper strategy for you. The overall goals are:
- Smoothing and tightening loose skin
- Reducing areas of fat on the inner thighs, tops of the knees, and outer thighs (saddle bags)
- Alleviating chafing between the thighs
About the Thigh Lift Procedure
The thigh lift procedure is performed in an outpatient surgical center. You will be asleep under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes 2-3 hours to complete. You are then transported to recovery, and after that you are able to go home and sleep in your own bed or easy chair. You will need assistance for the first couple of days, and you will need someone to drive you home.
At the beginning of the procedure, liposuction is used to thin the underlying fat. A special tool is used to separate the skin from underlying muscle. In a medial thigh lift, incisions are made just beyond the groin crease, and the tissue is hiked superiorly. Drains are placed. In a lateral thigh lift the incision is placed on the lateral hip, and a similar series of steps are taken to pull tissue superiorly. Drains are placed to reduce swelling or fluid collections. These small tubes are temporary and are removed a few days after surgery. A surgical support garment will be provided to assist the healing process.
Before & After
What to Expect During Recovery
After your surgery, you will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the new contour of your thighs as you heal. It is common to have bruising and swelling that may last about a month. Incisions will be closed with deep sutures that dissolve within 4 months and surface sutures that will be removed approximately 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.
Return to Work
Patients are typically ready to return to non-strenuous jobs in 2 to 3 weeks and all regular activities within 4 to 6 months.
How Much does a Thigh Lift Cost?
The cost varies depending on how involved the case is, but often costs around $9,000. Financing options are available.