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.
"I am so happy that I followed a Facebook recommendation to receive a consultation with Dr. Charvet and his staff. I met with 3 other surgeons. None of them made me feel the way Dr. Charvet and Dominique did. I really felt that Dr. Charvet was confident in his work, yet realistic about how my results would be. I decided to schedule my Mommy Makeover with them. This was my first ever cosmetic procedure. Six weeks later, I am very pleased with the way it is coming together. I feel much happier when I look in the mirror. Each follow up visit with Dr. Charvet is good! He really knows what he’s doing! Highly recommend Magnolia to anyone who wants to feel like a new woman. "- T.M. / Healthgrades / Jul 29, 2023
"After years of wanting to get rid of my lower belly fat, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon to see what procedure options would be best for me as a 50th birthday present for myself. I choose Magnolia Plastic Surgery and Medspa and I am extremely happy with the whole process. Dr. Charvet and his staff made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and throughout the process. He explained the different options and the outcome and we decided on Vaser Lipo. I am over 100% happy with my results. I am very thankful to Dr. Charvet and his team. I no longer worry about my lower belly pooch and have so much more self confidence."- L.R. / Google / Jul 24, 2023
"My visit at Dr.Charvet’s office was a wonderful experience. It also exceeded my expectations. Your unwavering dedication, skill, and compassion have undoubtedly played a great role in achieving such a positive outcome. My procedure was better than I expected Dr. Charvet is a first class plastic surgeon. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family for any of their cosmetic needs. Amy Cox"- A.C. / Google / Jul 14, 2023
"I recently had the privilege of undergoing a mommy makeover procedure with Dr.Charvet, and I cannot express how thrilled I am with the results. From the moment I walked into the clinic, Dr. Charvet and his entire team provided an exceptional level of care and professionalism. Dr.Charvet possesses remarkable surgical skills and expertise. He took the time to thoroughly understand my aesthetic goals and addressed all of my concerns with patience and compassion. His extensive knowledge on all things in his field. He will answer your questions with statistics and detailed reason for all of his post-op instructions. Follow all of his instructions to the T and you will be in very good hands. My decision to get the surgery was something that was in the works for over a year. Now that I am 5 weeks post op I'm angry I didn't do this surgery last year! I shouldn't have waited, from that 1st visit with Dr.Charvet in 2022 I knew I had the right doctor for me. If you are considering a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr.Charvet. His skill, expertise, and compassionate approach make him the ideal surgeon to trust with such an important journey."- I.G. / Google / Jun 30, 2023
"I’m so glad that I found Dr Charvet and the team! They were professional, friendly and patient. Most importantly they are good at what they do! Dr Charvet answered all my questions, addressed my concerns. Thanks so much!"- C.E. / Google / Jun 29, 2023
What Are the Benefits of a Thigh Lift?
An individualized thigh lift surgery at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in New Orleans, LA extends a number of exceptional and productive advantages to rejuvenate the general appearance of your thighs, like:
- Enhancing the overall proportion and symmetry of your legs
- Decreasing stubborn fat
- Diminishing the appearance of cellulite
- Granting you the ability to wear the outfits you want
- Enhancing self-image and self-confidence
- Improving the shape and contour of your thighs
- Getting rid of extra loose, hanging skin
- Results are dramatic and long-lasting
- Shrinking stretch marks
- Shaping and sculpting your thighs
- Increasing comfort by decreasing chafing and rubbing
Am I A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that addresses the appearance of extra skin. Thighplasty is best as an after weight loss procedure. It is typically performed on people who have lost 100 or more pounds. It is also popular for older women and men concerned about excess skin caused by age, as well as with women whose body shape has changed due to pregnancy and childbirth. If you have wrinkly, loose, or hanging skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), a thigh lift may be helpful. Please remember that if cellulite is your main problem, Dr. Charvet can recommend other treatments designed to help decrease the appearance of cellulite.
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.