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What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift treats excess skin, fat, and contour irregularities of the thigh, smoothing and pulling the skin to achieve a tighter, more toned look. A thigh lift is a powerful operation that may be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty, a back lift, and/or outer thigh liposuction. While diet and exercise do play a role in achieving a healthy lifestyle, they are rarely sufficient to combat the excess fat and skin in the thigh area that creates such frustration for the client. A surgical approach can bring long-lasting improvement and relief.

There are different approaches to a thigh lift depending on patient presentation, with scars varying from those falling in the creases of the pubis and under the buttock, to scars that travel between the pubis and knee. The approach taken is agreed upon by the patient who will understand how to best achieve his/her goals. Dr. Shermak has presented and published the largest series of thigh lifts performed for significant weight loss, through her new and innovative technique, with hidden scars and impactful results.

Details of the procedure

A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia at our local Baltimore outpatient medical center or in the hospital, if an overnight stay is anticipated. Surgery takes approximately 1-4 hours, depending on the extent of the work required. Excess skin and tissue are surgically excised. Typically there are no bandages or drains.

Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?

Good candidates for a thigh lift are men and women in good mental and physical health who are non-smokers. A thigh lift applies to massive weight loss patients and to individuals who suffer from loss of skin elasticity due to age, pregnancy or heredity. Thigh lift is not treatment for heavy thighs with significant fat: liposuction may be a preferred treatment in that case. All clients should have realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection.

What is the recovery like for a thigh lift?

Surgery may be performed as an outpatient or in the hospital setting, with an overnight stay. One may experience discomfort, swelling, and numbness. Patients are up and walking within hours of surgery, but require recuperation for several weeks, maybe longer depending upon how much surgery is performed. Most resume regular activities and return to work after 2-4 weeks. Swelling and numbness may take months to resolve.

Because the thighs are so instrumental in our everyday activities such as sitting, squatting and using the bathroom, these actions may be limited during thigh lift recovery. Dr. Shermak will provide you with detailed instructions on how to navigate your healing process and deal with the unique challenges that arise. Follow up visits will help ease the transition to total recovery.

What’s next?

The way you look and feel directly affects your self-confidence. We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s plastic surgery office serving residents of Baltimore/Lutherville at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal thigh lift consultation today. During this initial session, the doctor will examine your thighs, review your prior surgeries and medical history, and formulate an individualized plan of action for resolving your dissatisfaction. You can view our thigh lift success stories by accessing the online library of before and after photography.

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