Length of Surgery
$8,500-9,500 Plus HST
Skin draping from the thighs is experienced by individuals as they age or after weight loss. Thigh Lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the thighs arms.
Summary of Surgery:
Type of Anesthesia:
2-3 weeks off from work
4-6 weeks before resuming physical activity
What is an Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)?
Excess skin draping down from the thighs is frequently experienced by individuals as they age or after excess weight loss. Often, even with weight lost and exercises, there is disproportionate depositing of soft tissue in the thigh area leaving people with undesirable contours. A thigh lift procedure, technically called a thighplasty, is a straightforward surgery that functions to remove the excess skin and soft tissue in the inner or outer thighs removing the excess skin and giving patients a smoother, more toned appearance in the their legs.
Candidates for thigh lift surgery are in overall good health, don’t smoke (or are willing to give up smoking for a prescribed period before and after the procedure), and have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of preferably less than 30.
Ideal candidates are individuals who are in good health and experience one of the following:
Poorly toned or wrinkled skin folds in thighs.
Excess adipose tissues in the inner thighs and the desire to reduce the circumference of their thighs.
Thighs that are disproportionately larger than the rest of the leg.
Thigh lifts is typically performed under general anesthesia and involves making an incision either longitudinally along the inside of the thigh or horizontally near the groin, depending on the type of procedure performed. Any excess skin and fat is removed and liposuction is utilized to create a tighter, more smooth and toned appearance.
There are two different types of thigh lift procedures, each of which provides different benefits to the patient. Before undergoing thigh lift surgery, Dr. Chivers will examine you to determine which surgery and incision placement are the best option for your desired outcomes.
Although a thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, it doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital. Surgical staff will monitor you for a short time after the procedure is completed and then you may return home with follow-up arranged.
You are likely to experience mild to moderate pain for a few days, which can be adequately controlled with pain medication. Mild activity may resume 2 weeks following surgery but strenuous activities should be avoided for about 6 weeks total.
Post-Operative Instructions at a Glance
You will find tensors along your upper thighs after your surgery. Tensors will have to be worn for the first week after surgery
You can switch into compression garment after your 1 weeks dressing change. These garments need to be worn for 6 weeks in total.
Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed for the first week following surgery. Any post-operative pain is typically mild to moderate.
Patients are able to walk the day after surgery.
Drains, if inserted during the procedure, are painlessly removed at 1 week.
Incisions are to be kept dry for the first 48hrs. Patients can shower after that.
Patients are able to return to light duties at work typically after 2 weeks.
Ends of dissolving sutures are trimmed at 3 weeks.
Patients are able to resume full activities and to exercise after 6 weeks.
Immersion of incisions in baths, hot tubs, pools, oceans should be avoided for 2 weeks
Excess skin and sagging often occurs with excess weight lost and normal aging skin. Along with sagging skin the thighs, patient’s may experience this same drooping and lost of contours in the buttock region. Patient’s often elect to have a buttock lift concurrently with their thigh lift creating a toned and smooth contour to the buttock region extending down to their thighs.
Just like the excess skin in your arms and legs, excess skin and fat often develops in the abdomen region after weight loss. Revision in the abdominal area with an abdominoplasty or a panniculectomy can slim down the extra tissue in your midsection. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of surgery or book an appointment with us to see which type of surgery is suitable for your needs.
Abdominoplasty is also know as a tummy tuck procedure which helps patients slim down the waste line by removing any excess skin, tightening their abdominal musculature, and to re-position the belly button to create a slimmer feel.
Panniculectomy is an OHIP covered procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat at the lower front edge of the abdomen. Many patient’s experience an overhang of skin after massive weight loss causing maceration, irritation and infections and the goal of this surgery is to address these health concerns.
However, at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, addressing your health concerns and creating a cosmetically satisfying appearance is our goal. Thus, cosmetic surgical techniques and liposuction, which is not covered by OHIP, are typically used to help patients achieve their aesthetic outcomes.