Individuals with loose excess skin around their inner thighs can often feel very self-conscious about the appearance of their thighs. Loose excess thigh skin can prevent them from wearing shorts, skirts, swimwear, and other types of clothing. A thigh lift, also known as inner thigh contouring, provides a way to tighten loose skin and enhance the appearance of thighs.

Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer offers thigh lift surgery for patients in New York City at Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue. Dr. Shafer can use his skill and expertise to provide you with outstanding results from your thigh lift.

What Is a Thigh Lift?

Patient with massive weight loss and with normal aging can have loose skin in the inner thigh that is not improved with exercise and diet. A thigh lift removes excess skin and lifts the remaining skin to create smooth inner leg contours and a more attractive upper leg. Liposuction may also be used at the same time to reduce the volume of fat in the inner thigh.

Key Facts

Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Length of procedure: 2 hours
Length of stay: Usually home the same or next day
Discomfort: Moderate, but controlled with pain medication
Anticipate: Swelling up to 6 weeks and bruising up to 3 weeks
Final result: About 6 months
Duration of results: Lasting, as long as patient maintains a healthy diet and regular exercise

What to Expect

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. You will need to have someone drive you home following your procedure. It takes around three hours to perform an inner thigh lift.

During the procedure, an incision is made in the groin crease extending back toward the crease in the buttocks. The incision can also be made vertically from the perineum to the knees if there is extra skin which needs to be removed. A wedge of excess skin is removed and the incision and scar is hidden in the groin. The remaining skin is lifted, and the incision is tightly sutured closed in order to give the thigh area a sleeker and more defined appearance.

Recovering from a Thigh Lift

Swelling and bruising are to be expected but will dissipate over time. Any pain or discomfort can be managed with medication. It can take several months before you start to see the full results of your thigh lift.

Drains may be placed during surgery to collect fluid. Because of friction with walking and other activities and moisture in this area, healing in the inner thigh can take extra time. It is not uncommon for stitches to separate and have to be redone.

How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost in NYC?

As an experienced thigh lift New York City Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shafer will meet with you in his Manhattan office to discuss all options and pricing. At Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue, we offer financing options to help patients pay for the cost of their thigh lift. Dr. Shafer can discuss payment options and the cost of surgery during the consultation process.

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Contact Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue today to schedule a consultation for your thigh lift. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with personalized care and Dr. Shafer can provide you with beautiful results from your thigh lift.

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