Thigh Lift



Thigh Lift Houston TX

Many people struggle with sagging skin in the thigh area due to significant weight loss or the natural aging process. Thigh lift – also referred to as thighplasty – is a procedure of choice to address this aesthetic concern. During thigh lift cosmetic procedure, plastic surgeons work to get rid of excess skin from the inside and the outside of the thighs, as well as tighten the underlying tissue in order to achieve a well-contoured lower body silhouette. Many patients who receive this treatment benefit from an enhanced overall body image, increased self-confidence, and improved quality of life.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers thigh lift surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. With a keen aesthetic eye, Dr. Arroyo performs this procedure with the goal of eliminating excess fat and skin in order to restore a taut and natural thigh contour. The surgeon understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of his way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, Dr. Arroyo utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve those desired thigh lift goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Who is a Candidate for a Thigh Lift in Houston, TX

A thigh lift is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the inner and/or outer thighs. This body contouring treatment is common after significant weight loss or bariatric surgery, as well as in individuals who have not received the expected thigh contouring benefits after exercise or diet. You may be a good candidate for thighplasty if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You are frustrated with loose skin and soft tissue in the inner or outer thigh region
  • You experience discomfort in the thigh region due to excess skin or fat
  • You are dissatisfied with the overall appearance of your thighs
  • You are near your ideal weight goal
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment

During your first thigh lift consultation at Arroyo Plastic Surgery in West Houston, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your problem areas, and let you know whether this procedure is right for you. Dr. Arroyo undertakes this process using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. The surgeon requires his thigh lift surgery patients to quit smoking and adhere to other pre-op instructions in the weeks before the procedure. It is also important you ensure you are undergoing this cosmetic treatment strictly for yourself, not because someone else asked you to.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During thigh lift surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his thigh lift surgery patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during the procedure and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the procedure is complete, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Types of Thigh Lift

Dr. Arroyo offers a variety of thigh lift procedure options depending on the needs of the patient and the goals of the surgery:

Mini thigh lift

This is a minimalistic procedure that is used to reduce skin sagging in the upper part of the inner thigh. Rather than tighten the entire thigh, the surgeon will focus on a small portion of the upper thigh. This procedure is better suited for patients who are looking to address a minimal amount of skin or fat from their upper, inner thighs. It results in a smaller, smoother appearance with minimal dents and bumps. There is very minimal recovery downtime required after a mini thigh lift, and most patients can resume full activity within 2 weeks.

Vertical thigh lift

This type of thigh lift may be ideal for men or women who have excess skin stretching all-around their thigh. The surgeon will focus on reducing excess skin throughout the middle and lower sections of the thigh. Because this is a more extensive procedure, a larger incision is required, and there’s more recovery downtime. A vertical thigh lift is best suited for patients who need to address very large amounts of excess skin.

Outer/lateral thigh lift

This procedure option addresses excess skin and fat from the outer area of the thigh. Plastic surgeons often perform this type of thigh lift to remove loose skin caused by excess weight in the buttock and waist area. An incision will be made around your waist and used to bring up and secure sagging skin at the hip bone. This leads to a smoother, tighter appearance that is free from dimples and ripples. Dr. Arroyo recommends this technique for patients who are looking for more extensive improvements not just in their thighs but around their lower body as well.

Your Thigh Procedure

Thigh lifts are performed at Dr. Arroyo’s West Houston in-office operating room on an outpatient basis. Once sedation has been administered, the surgeon will make an incision in a well-hidden area such as the groin or inner thigh (depending on the type of procedure being performed). The surgeon will then use this incision to remove excess skin in line with the patient’s aesthetic goals. Liposuction may also be used to remove stubborn fat from the thigh area. Once the desired smooth and slimmer appearance has been achieved, the surgeon will close the incision sites using sutures. Bandages will be placed to cover the incision sites, and a special garment will be applied that should be worn for 4-6 weeks in order to shape your results. Upon completion of the surgery, Dr. Arroyo’s team will monitor you for a while before you are allowed to go home to continue with recovery.

Recovery After a Thigh Lift

Recovery from a thigh lift will vary depending on the extensiveness of the procedure, and each patient’s unique healing ability. Most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients are able to resume work within 2 weeks. It is not uncommon to experience soreness, swelling, tiredness, and discomfort in the days following the surgery. The surgeon will provide appropriate pain medication to help improve your comfort level throughout the recovery duration. You will be encouraged to take light walks several times a day in order to improve blood circulation. However, strenuous activities and vigorous exercise should be postponed until after you get the go-ahead from Dr. Arroyo. It is very important to strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery. Should you have questions or be concerned about anything during the recovery process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will be available to provide the support you need.

Plan Your Thigh Lift
in Houston, TX

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs thigh lifts in his in-office operating room, supported by highly qualified nursing staff. The cost of thigh lift in Houston, Texas can vary dramatically depending on the type of procedure that needs to be performed, and the extensiveness of the surgery. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s thighplasty patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $9,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover thigh lift because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial thigh lift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Thigh Lift FAQ

How do I prepare for my thigh lift?

During your pre-op visits to Dr. Arroyo’s office, the surgeon will learn about your concerns, as well as take your medical history. You may be required to take certain tests to ascertain your suitability for this procedure. The surgeon will also make sure to answer your questions regarding issues such as scarring and recovery in order to reduce any anxiety you may have. Dr. Arroyo will ask you to stop smoking, drinking, and taking certain medications such as aspirin in the weeks before the surgery. Make sure to focus on a healthy diet as well in order to prepare your body for the surgery. Since this is an outpatient procedure, make plans for a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure has been completed.

Can I combine my thigh lift with other procedures?

Thigh lift may be combined with other procedures such as tummy tuck or buttock lift in order to achieve a comprehensive lower body lift. It is also possible to combine your thigh lift with procedures targeting other areas such as an arm lift in order to suit your cosmetic goals. During one of your pre-op consultations with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will help create a treatment regimen that squarely addresses all your needs and concerns.

Will a thigh lift help with stretch marks and cellulite?

A thigh lift is a great procedure choice for individuals who are looking to improve the overall appearance of their legs. This procedure entails removing excessive skin and stubborn fat on your legs, which helps improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. If you have concerns about stretch marks, make sure to let Dr. Arroyo know before the surgery so he can keep this in mind during the treatment.

How long will results last?

While a thigh lift gets rid of excess skin and stubborn fat from your legs, it does not prevent new fat and skin from forming. Dr. Arroyo advises his patients to take good care of their bodies – through a controlled diet and plenty of exercise – in order to have long-lasting results from this treatment. Many patients who stay healthy with regular exercise are able to maintain their results for years.

Non-surgical thigh lift?

Nonsurgical options are available for patients who are looking to achieve mild improvements in the appearance of their thighs. Keep in mind though that if you have significant loose skin or fat pockets in this area, surgery is the only way to attain a lasting result. Make sure to discuss the pros and cons of both surgical and nonsurgical thighplasty techniques with Dr. Arroyo during one of your consultation visits.

Will I have scarring?

Scarring is inevitable following a surgical procedure. However, Dr. Arroyo makes sure to conceal scars along fold lines or in areas where they are properly concealed. More so, the surgeon will let you know how to care for your incisions and scar sites in order to ensure that there are improvements over time.