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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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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
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As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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