Thigh Lift

After massive weight loss, aging, sagging or loose skin can drape over the knee, creating an uneven contour with bulges of fat from weight loss. If you are experiencing these problems, then a thigh lift surgery at DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery might be right for you.

A thigh lift is designed to improve and smooth the contour and tone of the inner and outer thigh. Dr. DiFrancesco will reshape the excess skin and fat of the thighs with an incision in the groin that can extend downward toward the knees along the thinner position of the thigh, reducing excess skin and resulting in improved contours of the lower body.



Do you seek firmer, more youthful-looking thighs? Do you have unsightly skin draping over your thighs and knees? Have you tried diet and exercise to improve the appearance of your thighs? In Atlanta, a thigh lift procedure can help you recapture smoother, more youthfully-contoured thighs. After massive weight loss or normal aging, patients often have excess skin that makes it difficult to fit into clothes or wear short skirts. Thigh lift patients are often distressed about the contour of their thighs both in and out of clothing. Depending on the amount of excess skin you have, you may be a candidate for one of Dr. DiFrancesco’s thigh lift procedures.

Candidates for Thigh Lift in Atlanta

The best candidate for a thigh lift has a healthy diet, exercises regularly, and maintains a healthy weight. Thigh lift patients should stop smoking and stop taking aspirin, NSAIDS, and /or herbal treatments to promote healing and prevent bruising and swelling before their procedure. Your weight should be stable prior to your thigh lift procedure. Finally, patients should have reasonable expectations about what a thigh lift can achieve.

Thigh lift Procedures in Atlanta

Thermi in Atlanta

Thermi is a minimally-invasive office procedure performed under local anesthesia. It has no downtime and only causes mild bruising and swelling. Thermi technology uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production under the skin, resulting in effective skin tightening. Thermi can be used in all areas of the thigh and is best for mild to moderate loose skin.

Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift in Atlanta

The medial thigh lift can contour the inner thigh by lifting and removing extra skin. The incision is placed in the groin and is able to correct mild to moderate skin excess. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with the medial thigh lift to better contour the thigh.

Medial Thigh Lift with Vertical Incision in Atlanta

Thigh lift patients who have had massive weight loss and/ or who have severe skin laxity and extra skin extending to the knees will require a more extensive resection of skin and fat. This thigh lift will include an incision which extends from the groin along the inner thigh to the knee. A thighplasty is another name for this type of thigh lift. The advantage is the removal of a substantial wedge of skin and fat from the inner thigh, resulting in greater contouring of the thigh. The disadvantage is that the scar will be visible in a short skirt or shorts.

Lateral (Outer) thigh lift in Atlanta

The lateral thigh lift is usually combined with a lower body lift to recontour the outer thigh and buttocks area. The incision may extend from the groin to the upper buttock and across the midline. Scars from a lateral thigh lift are usually placed in an area which can be hidden by clothing.

Recovery After Thigh Lift in Atlanta

The thigh lift procedure is often combined with another body contouring procedure such as an abdominoplasty or an arm lift. Typically, a thigh lift is an outpatient procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of skin excised, a drainage tube maybe placed postoperatively to remove excess fluid from under the skin. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after surgery and continue with light walking during the recovery period. A compression garment will be used after your thigh lift, and it is necessary to continue wearing it for 6 weeks after surgery to aid in your recovery process. Most patients resume everyday activities within a week after your thigh lift and full activity in 4 to 6 weeks.

Thigh Lift FAQ

What’s the proper term for this type of surgery? Is it “thigh lift” and “arm lift?” Is an arm lift technically called brachioplasty?Yes. Thigh lift and Arm lift or Brachioplasty
Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift and/or arm lift?Patients whose skin has lost elasticity due to weight loss or age? What about patients who are of normal body weight and have the “bat wings” or too flabby thighs due to the effects of gravity and skin structural deterioration over time? There are 2 types of candidates, the massive weight loss patient and the patient who has a little bit of loose skin “bat wings” or at the inner thigh. This is from aging with loss of skin elasticity and gravity. The second type of patient can often be done with a “ limited incision” approach resulting in much less visible scarring. The massive weight loss patient is often having multiple procedures to address loose skin in several different areas.
What causes the dreaded “bat wing” look of arms?Is this correct: There is redundant upper arm tissue that can be flabby and overstretched over time from age or weight loss. Yes see above
Do arm lifts and thigh lifts remove excess skin only or tighten or reposition muscles?Arm lifts and thigh lifts tighten the skin and underlying fascia to support the skin. They do not tighten or suture the muscle as in an abdominoplasty.
Can thighs be lifted?Absolutely. Weight loss, aging, bulges of fat and lax skin can leave thighs looking lumpy and saggy. A thigh lift improves and smooths the contours of the inner and outer thighs.
How much down time is there after these procedures?It varies with the procedure, but most people are back to normal activities in from one to six weeks.
Are the results of both thigh and arm lifts a tighter and more toned appearance?Yes
Are these procedures performed in the hospital?The procedures may be performed in a surgery center under general anesthesia. Drainage tubes remain in for 1 week. Return to everyday activity in 2 – 3 weeks and return to full activity/exercise in 6 weeks. The greater the amount of skin to remove- generally the larger the scar.
Am I a good candidate for a thigh lift?Yes, if you have reasonable expectations, are healthy, and maintain a stable weight.
Are scars visible after a thigh lift?Although Dr. DiFrancesco will try to conceal your scar in your clothes, some thigh lift scars are visible in short shirts or shorts.
Do I need a drain after a thigh lift?Most of the time, Dr. DiFrancesco does use a drain after a thigh lift. However, in situations of smaller skin excision, a drain may not be necessary.
When can I return to work after a thigh lift?Patient are encouraged to work from home the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and can return to an office-based job after 3 weeks.

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