A thigh lift, or a thighplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess skin and fat to reshape the thigh contour. Accumulation of fat in the legs, particularly in the thighs, is troublesome to many patients. The effects of aging and gravity can cause the skin on the thighs to lose its structure, causing it to sag. This effect is exaggerated further by weight loss.
A combination of a liposuction and thigh lifting procedure is frequently required to restore the smooth appearance of youthful, shapely legs. In some cases, liposuction alone can achieve the desired outcome. This is often performed for patients who have good skin quality and do not require skin removal.
If you are unhappy with the fat deposits and uneven skin texture on your thighs, Dr. Dalia Tobbia will meet with you privately to determine which procedure is right for you. As an award-winning, internationally recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Dalia is adept at balancing her artistic and technical surgical skills. She is also highly involved with surgical research, lecturing, and presenting the latest advancements within the field. To schedule a meeting with her, contact her practice, Plastische Chirurgie am Klosterstern in Hamburg by calling +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 or request a consultation online today.
- 1 About Thigh Anatomy
- 2 Benefits of a Thigh Lift
- 3 Candidates for a Thigh Lift
- 4 Advice and Treatment
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Thigh Lift with Liposuction
- 8 Recovery and Results
- 9 Cost of a Thigh Lift in Hamburg, Germany
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
About Thigh Anatomy
If you have noticed more skin laxity in your thigh region over the years, you are not alone. There are several anatomical reasons that this area is prone to this cosmetic issue. In both men and women, the skin and fat on the inside of the thigh are less adherent to the underlying connective tissue, the fascia. Sagging throughout the circumference of the thigh may occur as well.
Like any other part of the body that exhibits a higher concentration of fat, the structure of the skin is held by a matrix of connective proteins that degrades over time. Between the ages of 35 and 40, the skin begins to decrease its production of elastin and collagen– critical proteins that contribute to the skin’s elasticity and ability to recoil. (1)
For women, skin in this area may also allow for the formation of cellulite. Contrary to popular belief, having cellulite is not a sign of being overweight, but it is a skin-deep issue. With this condition, the dermis layer of the skin forms bands of tissue called fibrous septae that pull on the fat cells lying beneath. As these fat cells push through the skin, they create a dimpled appearance. Cellulite, excess fat, and sagging are signs that a thigh lift may be an appropriate solution for you. It is an ideal procedure for those who’ve experienced major weight loss through natural means or weight-loss surgery.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift
With proper maintenance and a healthy lifestyle, the benefits of a thigh lift can last more than a decade. Dr. Tobbia’s expertise ensures that each patient achieves these desirable results:
- Firm, well-contoured thighs
- Elimination of chafing and irritation between the thighs
- Reduction in the appearance of cellulite
- More confidence in a wider variety of clothing
- Can be paired with liposuction for further sculpting
- Scars are well-hidden and subtle when healed
Candidates for a Thigh Lift
Dr. Dalia Tobbia has helped both men and women accomplish smooth, flattering thighs with a thigh lift. The ideal candidates for thigh lift surgery are patients who have positive but realistic expectations, are in good health, and are non-smokers. Those with lymphedema or with venous health issues won’t be considered for the procedure.
Advice and Treatment
At Plastische Chirurgie am Klosterstern, patient satisfaction is paramount. Dr. Tobbia and our experienced staff are dedicated to delivering transformative results that align with your unique aesthetic goals. We understand that undergoing plastic surgery is a personal decision, and we strive to create a comfortable and supportive environment where you can openly discuss your expectations and receive personalized care. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Dalia Tobbia at our practice in Hamburg, Germany please call +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 or request one through our contact form.
In preparation for your surgery, Dr. Tobbia will conduct a few blood tests to make sure you are in decent health and have no major underlying conditions. If you smoke regularly, she will advise you to quit for a few weeks before and after your procedure to optimize your blood circulation and help prevent healing complications. You will also have to stop taking anti-inflammatory or blood thinning supplements and medications to prevent unwanted bleeding. Finally, Dr. Tobbia will require that you arrange for a trusted friend or family member to care for you. During the first few days after surgery, you’ll have very limited mobility and will need plenty of rest in order to heal well.
Dr. Tobbia employs the most up-to-date concepts in thigh lift surgical techniques. First, general anesthesia is induced to ensure full comfort. Depending on your cosmetic needs, she will perform a medial thigh lift, bilateral thigh lift, or a posterior thigh lift.
For a medial thigh lift, she will make an incision on the inside of the thigh that extends next to the groin. Other times, she may accomplish the same cosmetic outcome with just one incision near the groin. With this method, she’ll effectively remove lax skin and fat from the inside of the thighs and resuture to promote a tighter appearance. For a bilateral thigh lift, she will make an incision that starts in the groin region and extends outward to the hips.
A posterior thigh lift requires a horizontal incision under each buttock in order to lift the back region of the thighs. Once all excising and suturing are finished, she will place two drains that will allow excess fluid to leave the area, reducing swelling. She will remove these drains within 2 to 3 days, but the sutures are absorbable and don’t require removal. (2)
Thigh Lift with Liposuction
Liposuction maximizes fat elimination and minimizes strain on the body, making it a perfect procedure to pair with a thighplasty. Dr. Tobbia performs liposuction using a thin cannula and tumescent fluid, a solution of saline, epinephrine, and a local anesthetic. Tumescent fluid has the benefit of constricting blood vessels and volumizing fat cells, making the fat much easier to gently extract. With liposuction, she can precisely shape the thighs to your preferred size and contour- even achieving the highly sought-after thigh gap!
Recovery and Results
You will see the outcomes of your thigh lift right away. You will notice that your thighs are immediately slimmer after your surgery. Dr. Tobbia will prescribe compression garments to help reduce swelling and bruising and hold your tight contours in place. You will likely have to wear these garments for about 3 to 4 weeks. You’ll be required to return for follow-up appointments in the weeks following so she can closely monitor your progress.
Most patients are able to return to a desk job and other low-impact tasks within a few days of their surgery, though strenuous activity should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. While you’ll be able to see even more improvement after this initial recovery period, it may take a couple more months until residual swelling subsides and you get to enjoy your final results.
Cost of a Thigh Lift in Hamburg, Germany
The cost of a thigh lift varies depending on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, surgical techniques employed, and anesthesia fees. During a personal consultation with Dr. Tobbia, she will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs involved, allowing patients to make informed decisions about their aesthetic goals. Call +49 (0) 40 46 091 076 or compete a short form for more details.
Do thigh lifts leave scars?
Thigh lifts leave scars, but surgeons are skilled at subtly hiding them within the natural creases of your body. After about 1 year, your scars will have faded significantly. To speed up the process, eat a high-protein diet and utilize scar cream and/or massage when the incisions are healed enough.
How can I prolong the results of a thigh lift?
Thigh lifts can last a decade or more with proper maintenance. You should incorporate a healthy amount of exercise, eat a healthy diet, limit alcohol, and always apply sunscreen. Consult your doctor to find a diet and exercise plan that works for your body.
Is a thigh lift considered a post-bariatric surgery?
Thigh lifts are commonly performed for patients who’ve undergone bariatric surgery. It is the perfect procedure for these types of patients since they have a healthier BMI and are at a much lower risk of dealing with complications. They will be able to enjoy their new body without excess skin causing friction and irritation.
How do I prevent the complications of a thigh lift?
To help prevent the complication of excess swelling or infection, follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning your incisions, limit your mobility until you’re at a certain point in the healing process, and use your compression garments for the recommended amount of time.
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- Bell, Devin, and Ryan Winters. “Thighplasty.” PubMed, StatPearls Publishing, 2023, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK594236/