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Thigh Lift
in Novi, Michigan

Thigh Lift in Michigan offers a specialized approach to improving body aesthetics by reshaping and refining the thigh area. Our board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in this outpatient procedure, focusing on enhancing natural contours and achieving balanced, harmonious results. Known for its safety and effectiveness, Thigh Lift Michigan at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery promises renewed confidence and a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing silhouette.

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What Is Thigh Lift Surgery?

Thighplasty, commonly known as thigh lift surgery, is a specialized procedure for body contouring, focusing on the upper legs. Its primary goal is to enhance the shape and appearance of the thighs by eliminating excess skin and, in some instances, unwanted fat. The outcome is a smoother skin texture and more harmoniously proportioned thigh and lower body contours. This procedure is especially advantageous for those who have experienced sagging or excess skin in the thigh area, often due to significant weight loss, the natural aging process, or hereditary reasons.

Thigh Lift Surgery Before & After

Different Types of Thigh Lift Procedures

Thigh lifts vary depending on the targeted area and desired outcome. Here are the key types:
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The Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift targets the inner thighs with the goal to remove inner thigh loose skin and excess fat for a tighter appearance. Usually a horizontal incision at the groin crease is made to elevate and tighten the upper third of the leg. Sometimes, the incision extends vertically down the inner part of the upper leg towards the knee to remove skin along the middle and lower thirds of the inner thigh.

Concentrates on the outer thigh, often combined with other lifts. The incision is near the hip, extending around the buttocks if needed.
An extensive procedure targeting the front, back, inner, and outer thighs. The incision runs from the groin over the hip to the back, suitable for significant weight loss cases.

Who is the Ideal Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery?

Thigh lift surgery can be a perfect option for those looking to improve the appearance of their thighs. Ideal candidates for this surgery typically include individuals who:

Have Excess Skin Along the Inner or Outer Thigh

Candidates often seek a thigh lift after experiencing significant weight loss, which can leave sagging skin on the thighs. The plastic surgery procedure is ideal for removing this excess skin and tissue.

Maintain a Stable Weight

Ideal candidates for thigh lift should be at a stable weight. Significant weight fluctuations after the surgery can affect the results, so candidates must be close to their ideal weight and maintain it for some time.

Are in Good General Health

Undergoing any surgical procedure requires good overall health. Candidates should be free from medical conditions that can impair the healing process or increase the risk of thigh lift surgery.

Have Realistic Expectations

Understanding what a thigh lift can and cannot achieve is crucial. Candidates should have a realistic outlook on the results of the surgery in terms of both appearance and scarring.

Benefits of Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery offers several significant benefits for individuals looking to improve the appearance and feel of their thighs. Key advantages include:
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Improved Body Contour and Symmetry

A thigh lift refines the shape and contour of the thighs, leading to a more balanced and symmetrical lower body and improving the fit of clothes.
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Reduction of Excess Skin and Sagging

This procedure effectively removes sagging skin caused by weight loss or aging, resulting in smoother, younger-looking thighs.
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Enhanced Self-Confidence and Comfort

Thigh lift surgery boosts self-confidence by allowing more freedom in clothing choices and reduces discomfort from skin chafing, improving comfort in daily activities.

The Thigh Lift Procedure

The thigh lift procedure is a comprehensive process involving several key stages, from initial consultation to surgery. Understanding each step can help patients prepare for what to expect.

Consultation

Thigh lift surgery at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery begins with a consultation with one of our qualified, board-certified plastic surgeons. During this crucial meeting, the surgeon assesses the patient’s medical history and overall health, emphasizing the importance of being at a healthy and stable weight before undergoing the procedure for safety and optimal results. Our surgeon also discusses the patient’s goals and expectations, ensuring a clear understanding of the desired outcome for effective planning. The thighs are examined to determine the most appropriate technique, including selecting the correct type of thigh lift incision tailored to the patient’s unique anatomy and goals.

Our board-certified plastic surgeon provides a comprehensive explanation of the body contouring procedure, covering risks, recovery, and expected outcomes, and answers any questions to ensure the patient is comfortable and well-informed, making this consultation a pivotal step in the patient’s journey.

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Thigh Lift Surgery Procedure

The thigh lift surgery involves the following steps:

Incisions

The incision sites for a thigh lift differ based on the specific technique used: for an inner thigh lift, the incision usually runs along the groin and down the inseam. In contrast, an "outer thigh lift incision" circles around the hip bone and can stretch across the back. Meanwhile, a minimal thigh lift involves a more concise incision within the groin area. These incisions are strategically placed for optimal results and minimal visibility.
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Removing Excess Skin and Fat

Our surgeon removes loose skin and excess fat from the targeted areas to reshape the thighs.
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Reshaping and Tightening

Internal sutures reshape and tighten the underlying tissue.
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Closing the Incisions

The skin is then carefully repositioned to align with the newly contoured shape of the thighs, following which the incisions are meticulously closed.
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The length of a thigh lift surgery can differ based on its complexity and whether it’s combined with other procedures. Generally, this surgery lasts about two to three hours, although this timeframe may vary.
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Thigh Lift Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from a thigh lift is a crucial phase where proper care and adherence to post-operative instructions are vital in ensuring a smooth healing process and optimal results.

Following thigh lift surgery, patients receive comprehensive post-operative care instructions from our surgeon, which are crucial for a smooth recovery. These instructions include wound care, managing the surgical site and any drains, and prescribing medications to manage pain and reduce infection risk. Patients are advised on activity restrictions, such as limiting movement and avoiding certain activities in order to aid proper healing, and are scheduled for follow-up appointments to monitor their progress.

Managing discomfort and swelling is addressed through pain management with prescribed medications, wearing compression garments to reduce swelling and support the new thigh contours, and keeping the legs elevated. The expected downtime varies; patients typically rest for at least a week or two post-surgery, with a return to work possible within 2–-3 weeks and resumption of more strenuous activities and exercise routines usually after 4–-6 weeks, pending surgeon approval.

Cost of Thigh Lift

The thigh lift cost ranges from $4,000 to $10,000 and varies depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s expertise, facility charges, anesthesia fees, and the specific type of thigh lift procedure undertaken. Additional costs may arise from combining the thigh lift with other procedures. Patients should consider additional expenses such as pre-operative tests, post-surgery garments, and follow-up care. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery likely offers detailed consultations to provide accurate cost estimates and may have financing options available for patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Thigh Lift (FAQs)

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During the recovery period after thigh lift surgery, expect discomfort, swelling, and a need to limit physical activities for several weeks. You’ll likely wear compression garments and follow specific care instructions for the surgical site.
Yes, there will be visible scars after thigh lift surgery, but they typically fade over time. They are placed strategically to be as inconspicuous as possible, often in clothing-covered areas.
It can take several months to see the outcomes of thigh lift surgery as swelling gradually subsides and the skin conforms to the new contours of your thighs.

Yes, you can combine a thigh lift surgery with other aesthetic procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck, commonly integrated into a comprehensive body contouring strategy, especially after substantial weight loss.

The longevity of thigh lift surgery outcomes can extend for many years, particularly with stable weight maintenance and a healthy lifestyle. However, natural aging and the effects of gravity can gradually alter these results over time.
Removing excess skin during a thigh lift should not significantly affect your range of motion or physical activities once you fully recover. However, there may be some initial limitations during the healing process.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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