Excess skin and fat of the thighs, generally caused by massive weight loss and/or genetics, often lead to emotional, as well as aesthetic concerns. A thigh lift performed by our team of San Francisco / San Mateo thigh lift surgeons, is a sophisticated procedure that has helped many patients achieve firm thighs that further enhance the aesthetics of the whole body.

Who is a candidate for thigh lift in San Francisco?

Individuals who have saggy, dimpled skin and excess fat on their thighs may be the best candidates for thigh lift surgery. Also, individuals who are experiencing loss of skin elasticity in the thigh and/or buttock area and are ineligible for liposuction might be San Mateo / San Jose thigh lift candidates. In such cases, a thigh lift might be the only permanent treatment that can lead to satisfactory aesthetic results. Our team are experts when it comes to body reshaping procedures and can further determine each individual’s eligibility for thigh lift surgery during a comprehensive one-on-one consultation.

How is thigh lift surgery performed?

When performing thigh lift surgery, our team focuses on creating an hour-glass silhouette that can be nearly impossible to achieve with just exercise and dieting. To achieve the best possible outcome, we may utilize one of several thigh lift incision patterns:

  • Inner (media) thigh lift - incisions in the groin fold
  • Vertical thigh lift - a vertical incision that starts at the groin and extends to the inner knee
  • Outer thigh lift - an incision that starts at the groin and continues around the hip
  • Combination thigh lift - incision are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Thigh lift is performed under general and/or local anesthesia and the surgery may last several hours, depending on the complexity level and incision type. Thighplasty is often performed on an outpatient basis; however, when combined with other procedures, it may be done in a hospital setting.

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The recovery period following thigh lift may last anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on the type of thigh lift performed. Bruising, swelling and redness are often associated with thigh lift surgery and can be minimized with pain medication and compression garments.

Drainage tubes are often inserted in order to reduce swelling and dispose of excess fluid. The tubes are generally removed within a few days following the procedure. The results of thigh lift can be seen immediately and the final shape becomes apparent within three months.

Other Options

Thigh lift, especially when performed following weight loss surgery, is often combined with liposuction, arm lift and/or a post-bariatric body lift. Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery are also options for patients undergoing thigh lift. Dr. Liu and his team are top San Francisco plastic surgeons whose fine-tuned aesthetic judgment have helped hundreds of patients achieve outstanding body contouring results.

A Word About Financing

Thigh lift surgery in San Mateo / San Francisco can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:

Thigh lift surgery is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. Jasmine would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.

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