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Thigh Lift

Smoother Legs

Sometimes exercise simply cannot produce the desired results. Many men and women who feel uncomfortable with the excess skin on their legs elect to undergo a thigh lift. In much the same way that a Facelift will stretch the skin to eliminate wrinkles and produce a more youthful look, a thigh lift stretches the skin to eliminate lax skin and improve the overall proportions of the lower body. Thigh lifts are not performed to remove excess fat, necessarily, but rather in cases where the skin exhibits poor elasticity after weight loss or liposuction.

If you’re considering a thigh lift because you’re unhappy with persistent wrinkles or lax skin, contact Dr. Polsen, a plastic surgeon in the Clear Lake Houston Area with experience in this procedure. Or, you can call his Clear Lake office at (281) 538-6600.

Overview:

  • A thigh lift reduces wrinkles and excess skin around the thigh
  • Leads to a more youthful look and more defined tone in the leg
  • Recovery: 2-3 weeks for light activity, but up to 8 weeks for full recovery

Who is a Good Candidate?

Generally those who seek out a thigh lift have persistent excess tissue or fat along the inner or outer (or sometimes medial) thigh area. This is a significant surgery, so candidates should be in generally good health and of a healthy and stable weight.

The Procedure

There are generally two common methods surgeons follow in performing a thigh lift. Sometimes, the incision is made in the groin area, and others, the incision starts in the groin area and extends along the hip to the back of the thigh. These areas are selected to help obscure scars under swimsuits or other clothes. The operation is almost always performed under general anesthesia. After the incisions are made, Dr. Polsen will remove any excess skin, tighten the remaining tissue, and ensure that good structure remains for the final desired look.

Often times, a thigh lift is part of a lower body lift or performed after a successful tummy tuck to produce an overall youthful look. Each Clear Lake Houston Area thigh lift candidate will have unique needs to address with Dr. Polsen before surgery to ensure personalized treatment and excellent results.

Recovery

A thigh lift is a significant operation, and bruising and swelling are quite common. Dr. Polsen will work with you to provide specific, personalized instructions for your recovery. Some patients may have to wear a compression bandage to minimize swelling, and a tube may be left under the skin to facilitate drainage. Patients should be careful not to expose incisions to excessive or stressful movements. Most patients recover for enough light activity in 2-3 weeks, but a full recovery could take as long as eight weeks.