What is a thigh lift?
Weight loss is an impressive accomplishment for any individual. But women and men who reach their goal weight occasionally need one extra step to complete their body transformation. Based on the amount of time you carried the extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, excess skin may be a separate problem. The thighs are particularly an area of concern for many of our New Orleans, LA patients. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet offers thigh lift surgery (also known as thighplasty) at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, which removes loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to create a tighter, more contoured look. This surgery has risen in popularity since it offers natural-looking results for anyone fighting loose skin on the thighs.
"Great experience and overall care. Dr. Charvet and his staff have continued to exceed my expectations. He has an excellent bedside manner, is very thorough in explaining what he will be doing and takes his time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I’m very pleased with my results so far and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a thoughtful, considerate and knowledgeable plastic surgeon."- J.C. / Google / Aug 03, 2022
"Couldn’t be more pleased with my results so far! Dr Charvet took the time to consult with me about what I wanted and gave me exactly that. I had a Mommy makeover (lipo, tummy tuck with muscle repair, fat transfer to breasts and hips) This experience has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve regained my confidence and my core strength! Since surgery, I’ve been back for laser hair removal, Botox and lip filler. The staff and Dr Charvet care about their patients and are always available to answer any questions. I’d 100% do it all over again and will be a repeat patient for any future procedures."- R.J. / Google / Jun 22, 2022
"Dr Charvet was beyond my expectations as a surgeon. He went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. He answered all the questions that made it easy to understand. He provided many details on the recovery process. He was there to answer all of my postop questions as well with his personal private number. His entire staff is friendly and prompt. You don’t just feel like this is a place of business but feel like it is an extension of your family and friendship Circle. Aside from my mommy makeover I also received medspa Services which were also excellent. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone !"- A.S. / Google / Jun 22, 2022
"Went in today for laser hair removal for my first time ever and I couldn’t have chosen a better place. Maiya the gorgeous esthetician here took the best care of me. It is more then obvious she loves what she does and is so very skilled in it. I went in for one area of my body and ended up doing almost my entire body. The quality of care here is unlike any medspa I’ve ever visited. If your thinking about visiting, this is your sign to schedule your appointment. 10/10 Atmosphere and Service!"- I.R. / Google / May 11, 2022
"I recently had the Cool Peel Laser treatment done and I am very pleased with the results. Unlike past laser procedures, the Cool Peel has less downtime with better results. My fine lines and acne scarring have significantly improved. Dr. Charvet was VERY informative before, during and post procedure which was very comforting. I would highly recommend Magnolia Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for all of my cosmetic needs!"- L.G. / Google / May 05, 2022
How is a Thigh Lift Performed?
During your thigh lift, general anesthesia is typically administered to help you stay comfortable. A surgical incision is made close to the upper area of the leg in the natural crease where the thigh meets the torso and usually continues down to the midway section of the thigh. The skin will be pulled upward so it is taut and secured with sutures. In certain patients, an incision may be necessary in the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks based on the amount of tissue being removed. Thigh lift surgery at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa corrects the entire thigh area for a shapelier, tighter, more contoured look. A thigh lift takes about 2 – 3 hours to perform. As soon as the procedure is done, you will be monitored and then allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is usually swelling, discomfort, and bruising during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, you should be able to get up and walk slowly. The overall recovery period usually takes around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions provided by Dr. Charvet will help your incisions to heal properly. The improved shape and contour of your legs can help you raise your confidence, and you can show your thighs with pride.
Thigh Lift FAQ
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will include many fees, like those for the surgical facility, tests, anesthesia, and more. Once Dr. Charvet has created your personal thigh lift surgical plan during your consultation, he will be better able to estimate your costs. Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa can help you find low-interest financing, which will help make your thighplasty more affordable, so you are able to concentrate on getting the results you want from a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Charvet.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to improve the contour and appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and addressing excessive fat pockets, it can improve the visibility of cellulite or stretch marks on your thighs. If you are concerned about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Charvet know in your consultation so he can adjust your surgical plan to match all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Charvet advises you to be at or near a healthy weight prior to thigh lift surgery — so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes following your thighplasty can compromise your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Charvet will discuss what will make your thigh lift results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Charvet about your wants and goals so he can create a surgical plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical procedures to tone your skin and reduce fat, these may help with small improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to correct significant amounts of excess skin and stubborn fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Charvet for more information in your initial consultation. He will tell you the benefits and drawbacks of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as his recommendation on which would be the best fit with your goals.
Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you notice sagging skin on your legs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa to learn more about surgical thigh lifts. This procedure can provide stunning results on its own or combined with another body contouring procedure, like a tummy tuck or after weight loss surgery. Schedule your appointment at our New Orleans, LA practice, and get the toned appearance you desire.