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Thigh Lift can be done either in conjunction with other surgery for patients who have experienced significant weight loss, or on its own. Thigh Lift may address issues in the buttock, outer thighs, or inner thighs. When posterior or lateral Thigh Lift is done in conjunction with a Tummy Tuck, it is often called a Body Lift or Belt Lipectomy.

What Are the Benefits of a Thigh Lift?

A personalized thigh lift surgery at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ offers many incredible aesthetic and practical benefits to refresh the overall look of your thighs and upper legs, which include:

  • Getting rid of excess flaccid, baggy skin
  • Decreasing diet-resistant fat
  • Sculpting and shaping the thighs
  • Boosting the overall balance and proportion of the legs
  • Decreasing the prominence of cellulite
  • Reducing stretch marks
  • Enhancing your comfort by decreasing chafing and rubbing
  • Boosting self-image and confidence
  • Granting you the ability to wear what you want
  • Outcomes are long-lasting and dramatic

Am I A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a skin removal and skin tightening treatment that corrects excess skin and is typically an after weight loss procedure. It is commonly performed by Dr. Nachbar on patients who have lost at least 100 pounds. It's also popular in older adults who are concerned about sagging skin due to natural aging, as well as with women whose weight changed due to pregnancy. If you have excess or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (either the outer or inner thighs or both), a thigh lift may be helpful. 

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When the buttock and/or outer thigh becomes loose and saggy, a "lateral" or "outer" thigh lift may be appropriate.  Most often, this is done with an incision that runs above the buttocks, although for patients with a lot of excess skin, especially after they have already had a lateral thigh lift, an excision along the bottom of the outer buttock may be appropriate.

When the inner thigh skin has become loose, this may be treated with an "inner" or "medial" thigh lift.  This can be done at the groin crease level alone, but is more commonly done, especially in patients who have lost a lot of weight, with an extension along the inner thigh to tighten the skin in the mid to lower thigh area.

Often, multiple procedures can be done at the same time.  For patients who need more procedures that can be done in a single surgery, a second surgery can often be scheduled from a few days to few weeks apart.

Tummy tuck w/lipo and medial thigh lift - this is a long time coming - This is a long time coming... been wanting a Tummy Tuck for over 10 years. I seen that Dr. Nachbar does drainless tummy tucks and I didn't want to be bothered with drains. After my initial consultation I had with him I was energized but shocked by the dollar amount. I had a surgery scheduled in Miami that was $10k for TT and Breast lift but decided that I wanted to go to a Board certified Plastic Surgeon and a place that's isn't operate like a pill mill, also after care was imperative for me. Dr Nachbar required an overnight stay.In preparation of surgery I had to take a COVID test at least 72 hours prior, to surgery day. I also made sure I stayed hydrated and listened to relax and healing sounds in my sleep so that calmness would be in my subconscious. The day of surgery I got dropped off they gave my husband all the instructions and information he needed at the car since no visitors are allowed. So basically they drop you off and pick you up the next day that felt Weird but I understood Covid protocols.All the Dr's and nurses bedside manners were outstanding. All I remember is being wheeled in and waking up. Since I plan to come back and get a thigh lift he also started on my thigh repair since I was already going to be on my stomach with my lipo to the back and my 360 tummy tuck, the Dr did a thigh lift putting the incisions under my buttocks.The over night stay was just like any other hospital stay, I would say it was way more attention than after delivering a baby. The nurses gave me pin meds through my IV and antibiotics, also assisted with getting up and using the bathrooms. I also had leg cuffs on, blood pressure cuff and the finger thing on at all times. Every time I called the nurse they came within seconds. When I go back to get my next surgery I am looking forward ti that overnight care.The discharge day 03/12 they called my husband he was already outside waiting and it was a struggle getting into the car, but by taking my time and lifting not scooting it saves me a world of pain. However later that day we realized I had an opening in my back wound. We called the Dr he had me come to his office and he repaired the whole. No one was in the office so the office was closed and it appeared the Sr and his wife was out enjoying the day and stopped everything to close my wound.

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Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift - Dr Nachbar is an excellent surgeon far more superior in his technique than others. He has corrected many mistakes that were made by other surgeons.

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Thigh Lift - I have had multiple procedures done with Dr. Nachbar, and I have been incredibly happy with all of them. I had a tremendous amount of weight loss, resulting in excess skin in many areas of my body. Most recently, I had a thigh lift with liposculpture. Dr. Nachbar is personable, patient, and takes the time to answer questions. His team (especially Amber!) are amazing; they make you feel at home.

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Liposuction, Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck - Dr. Nachbar & staff were very supportive throughout the process leading to and after surgery. They are always available no matter the time or day. Any concerns I had during my healing process were addressed timely. I appreciate Dr Nachbar and his staff very much.

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What Should I Expect after a Thigh Lift?

Thighplasty takes around 2 – 3 hours to complete. As soon as the procedure is over, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home for recovery. There may be swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and walk slowly, which is recommended for circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery time typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Nachbar will help your incision to heal properly. Although patients will have some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs may help you regain your self-esteem, and you can flaunt your thighs with pride.

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After you lose significant amounts of weight, sometimes called "Massive Weight Loss", sagging of the skin is inevitable. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Different procedures can help different parts of the body.

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The best way to learn if Thigh Lift could benefit you, and especially if there are other areas you would like to improve at the same time, is to make an appointment with Dr. Nachbar for a complimentary consultation.  We look forward to meeting you!

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?

Thigh lift surgery is the best choice to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since the procedure includes tightening the skin and addressing excessive fat, it also minimizes the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your upper legs. If you are worried about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Nachbar know during your consultation so he can customize your treatment plan to fit your goals.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?

Many patients combine a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck in a lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a standard part of an after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Nachbar about all your aesthetic desires and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?

Although there are nonsurgical treatments for fat reduction and skin tightening, they are best for small or moderate improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to correct significant amounts of loose skin and stubborn fat on your legs. If you're considering nonsurgical treatments, ask Dr. Nachbar for more information during your consultation. He will tell you the pros and cons of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.