Weight loss can bring positive changes to a person’s life. However, it can also create challenges as the body adjusts to the new size. Michael E. Decherd, M.D. is a San Antonio, TX plastic surgeon offering thigh lift surgery for patients who have sagging, loose skin on the thighs due to weight loss and aging. During this surgery, Dr. Decherd will address the inner thigh with an incision in the groin area. An outer thigh lift is typically performed in conjunction with a butt lift. Thigh lifts are popular today due to the success of bariatric weight loss surgeries. They produce results that depict a firmer, tighter thigh. It’s important for patients to be near their goal weight prior to having this surgery.
"First Class! I highly recommend Dr. Decherd and his staff! I was referred to Dr. Decherd by a friend who had a breast augmentation. She was very pleased with the results, I am three weeks out from a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, and I feel great. Everything went very smoothly. He was very upfront and informative about the procedure and I knew exactly what to expect. He and His staff are very 'down to earth' and I felt very comfortable. All of the ladies at the front desk are very nice and welcoming. His nurse is also top notch. She has been very helpful! I am so excited about my results! It looks great! He did an awesome job!"- T.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2015
"Such an amazing plastic surgeon and staff! Dr. Decherd performed my tummy tuck in March. The results that he gave me were life changing! I have so much confidence and am incredibly happy. He is by far the best plastic surgeon hands down. His staff is incredible and very caring. Love love love this doc and practice. What should I have done next!!"- J.F. / Google / Jun 16, 2018
"I would highly recommend Dr. Decherd!! He is a true professional. He has a warm, open and very welcoming practice. His entire staff is amazing. I had a great experience and am very pleased with my results!"- S.B. / Google / May 09, 2018
"Great experience with Dr Decherd. I consulted for 3 years around the city until finally deciding on him. I am so glad I did! From the very first moment you walk in, the staff is incredibly welcoming. They make you feel very comfortable. Questions are welcomed and they don't make you feel silly for asking anything (like other drs might). I am 2 months post op and I am SO HAPPY with my results. He is amazing. I couldn't be happier with my results. Thank you, Dr. Decherd and staff!!"- M.C. / Google / May 08, 2018
"I have nothing but lovely things to say about this practice! I came to Dr. Decherd in 2016 for a breast augmentation and lift and have been very happy with my results. I had a great experience from the start - he has a great staff to greet you at the front and the overall ambiance of the office is very welcoming. I really appreciated how Dr. Decherd explained the procedure to me by physically drawing out and diagramming the technicalities of the surgery. He put me at ease and really listened to what I was hoping to achieve from the procedure. He makes a great effort to make sure you are pleased with your results. His nurse, Heather, is awesome! She was great to have by my side and is very knowledgeable. Heather is Dr. Decherd's icing on the cake of this wonderful practice. I highly recommend this practice!"- C.L. / Google / Apr 25, 2018
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
The average cost for a thigh lift is between $5,500-$10,000. This price fluctuates depending on the extent of the surgery and whether another procedure was combined.
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- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Thigh Lift FAQ’s
Cure for Cellulite Dimples?
A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.
Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients should gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.
The results of a thigh lift can be long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results attained from surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but the surgical improvement will still be evident.