Weight loss is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. In some cases, people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally need cosmetic surgery to finalize their appearance. Based on the amount of time you had extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, loose skin can be an added challenge if the tissue wasn’t able to mold to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are especially areas of trouble for a lot of people. Orlando, FL plastic surgeon Dr. F. Jorge Gonzalez offers surgical thigh lifts (also called thighplasty) at Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured look. Thighplasty surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone who doesn’t want hanging skin on the thighs. Call our office in Orlando, FL to set up a consult.


A thigh lift is a skin tightening and removal treatment that improves the appearance of loose skin. Thighplasty is typically a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is commonly used on people who have lost 100 or more pounds. It’s also helpful for older adults who are concerned about excess skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body shape changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have hanging or loose skin on your upper thighs (whether it’s the outer or inner thighs or both), thighplasty can be a good option.


For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is commonly administered. A surgical incision is placed close to the top portion of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh attaches to the torso. The incision typically continues along to the midsection of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if necessary) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim the excess skin in the top thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it is tight and secured with sutures. In specific patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area, based on the quantity of skin and fat being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery corrects the complete thigh area for a tighter, shapelier look.


Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to perform. After the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is typically swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walk, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and healing. The full recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Gonzalez will help your surgical incision to heal well. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of the legs often boosts their self-confidence to show off their body with pride.


How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different fees, like facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and others. As soon as Dr. Gonzalez has developed your custom thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, he can then estimate your costs. Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery will help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thighplasty more affordable so you are able to concentrate on working with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Gonzalez.

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and correcting stubborn fat pockets, it can improve the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your thighs. If you’re interested in addressing stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Gonzalez know in your consultation so he can adjust your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.

How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Gonzalez recommends you be at or near a healthy, stable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it’s easy to maintain your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Gonzalez will talk to you about what will make your surgical results last.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a tummy tuck to create a lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of mommy makeovers. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Gonzalez about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical options to reduce fat in the body and tighten skin, these can help with mild improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to correct significant amounts of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your thighs. If you’re considering nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Gonzalez to give you more information in your initial consultation. He can discuss the pros and cons of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, plus his opinion on which would be the best fit for your needs.


When you notice loose skin on your inner or outer thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery in Orlando, FL to find out more about thighplasty. It’s typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more contouring surgeries to correct nearby areas, including the stomach. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Gonzalez to get the slimmer look you want.



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