One of the more common complaints Dr. Fata hears from patients during body contouring consultations is the appearance of loose, hanging skin along the inner thigh. It occurs because the skin of the inner thigh has less elasticity than other parts of the body. Patients who lose a large amount of weight, especially those who have bariatric (weight loss) surgery, often have this problem. It can also occur after large amounts of liposuction or as part of the normal process of aging.
If you have developed this problem and it is making you too self-conscious to wear a bathing suit or shorts, you may want to consider a thigh lift. For more information about this procedure, please call 317-575-9152 to shcedule a consultation at our Indianapolis office.
What Is a Thigh Lift?
In a thigh lift, the excess skin along the inner thigh is measured with a pinch technique and removed. A compression garment is worn for four weeks to control swelling and promote healing. Light activity such as walking is encouraged.
A thigh lift can be performed alone as an outpatient or in combination with other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, breast lift, or breast reduction. However, it is not advisable to have a thigh lift and tummy tuck together because the skin is being pulled in opposite directions for each procedure and delays in healing are more likely.
Thigh Lift Techniques
There are two techniques that can be utilized when performing a thigh lift. For patients with small to moderate amounts of excess skin, a horizontal thigh lift can be performed, in which the skin is removed in the shape of a "crescent" and the scar is placed in the groin and buttocks crease. For patients with extensive amounts of excess skin, the kind usually seen after massive weight loss, a vertical thigh lift may be needed, which places the scar along the inner thigh. Dr. Fata will be able to determine the technique that will be best for you only after an office consultation and physical examination.
Dr. Joseph Fata performs thigh lift surgery on his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. To assist you as you gather information on the procedure, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with patients who have had thigh lifts.
Cost of a Thigh Lift
The estimated total cost for a thigh lift, which includes the surgeon's fee, the surgery center fee, the anesthesiologist's fee, and all follow-up care by Dr. Fata, ranges from $5,275 - $6,005 depending on the technique that is used. In the case of multiple procedures, a discount may be applied. The exact cost for a thigh lift can only be determined after meeting with Dr. Fata; the $50 consult fee will be deducted from the total.
To learn more about the thigh lift procedure, please call Renaissance Plastic Surgery at 317-575-9152 or contact Dr. Fata online. We welcome patients in and around the Indianapolis and Carmel area of Indiana, as well as the entire Midwest.