Q: What is a Thigh Lift?

A: Thigh Lift, known as Medial Thigh Lift is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from your inner thighs. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with the procedure or sometimes Liposuction is all that is required.

Q: Does the procedure leave a scar? 

A: Yes. The final appearance of the scar depends on your own genetic characteristics. We attempt to place the scar in as hidden a location as possible. Dr. Orloff will go over with you what you can expect regarding your individual scarring.

Q: Who is a candidate for a Thigh Lift?

A: Thigh Lift candidates include patients who have lost a lot of weight recently and have sagging skin on their thighs, and generally patients that are not satisfied with the look of their inner thighs.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The procedure usually lasts several hours

Q: What is the recovery time?

A: After the procedure, there will be swelling and bruising at the incision sites. It is common to have some discomfort, which can be controlled with medication. You may be asked to keep a compression bandage in place to help minimize the swelling. It is important that you start walking as soon as possible.

Although most patients are up and about in a few days, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. Some numbness of the skin is to be expected and is temporary. If drainage tubes were inserted, you will be taught how to take care of them and will be removed by Dr. Orloff within a week.

Most patients are back to work or school in 1 to 3 weeks. Although it is important to walk, you should avoid strenuous activity, including jogging, heavy housework, sex, or any activity that may stress the incision sites. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling subsides and incision lines improve.

Q: Are there risks associated with the procedure?

A: Thigh Lift surgery is usually well tolerated. However, risks and complications are possible with any surgical procedure. Dr. Orloff will go over any and all possible risks during your initial consultation prior to surgery.