About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. However, excess skin of the sensitive thigh area may not be able to mold to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs are specifically an area of concern for a lot of patients. Metairie, LA plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala offers thigh lift surgery (also called thighplasty or thigh lift) at A Woman Plastic Surgeon. This procedure trims loose skin of the inner thighs or circumferential thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured appearance. Thighplasty surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients who are bothered by hanging skin on the thighs. This surgery is often combined with liposuction to further enhance the thigh appearance.
"Iam in my mid 40's and a mother of one child. I have a very demanding and active job in the medical field. I see woman of all ages complain of the way they look and how their bodies have changed with age, pregnancies and yo- yo dieting. Well I'm one of those women!! Although having one pregnancy it definitely was enough to change my body. I was left with excessive loose skin. Later adding three laparoscopic surgeries, and years of weight loss and weight gain. My tummy became a train wreck!! After years of contemplating surgery I decided it was now time to get my body back. I choose Dr. Mizgala because of her outstanding reputation as a surgeon. I have seen some of her work and talked with patients about their experience and knew she was the Dr. of choice for me. Iam now three months post surgery and feeling wonderful!! I love my new tummy and belly button. I put on a bikini for the first time in over twenty years. My confidence level is higher than it has been in years. For anyone contemplating surgery dont put it off. For me it was a life changing experience."- S. / Google / Aug 07, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala is Phenomenal! - I recently had a Tummy Tuck / Liposuction procedure done by Dr. Mizgala and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Dr. Mizgala and her staff a great. They made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions no matter how many I asked and believe me I asked a lot of them. I have never experienced a doctors visit as pleasant and professional as the ones I had with her. She will have my..."- L. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"very knowledgeable and friendly. She really cares about her patient."- L.P. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
"Excellent experience - It has been a few years but she was very patient and kind and really cared about me. Her staff was also great. I still recommend people to her even though it’s been overs 5 years. JoAnn Proctor"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 26, 2019
A thigh lift is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that tightens the thighs and removes hanging skin. Patients who have lost a lot of weight on their own or after bariatric surgery often benefit from a thigh lift. Childbirth can also cause unwanted loose skin of the thighs. If you have excess or wrinkled skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), thigh lift surgery may be a great option. If you look in the mirror and see hanging skin on your thighs that you can pull up, you are not alone. A thigh lift can correct this and improve the appearance of your upper leg.
A thigh lift is a procedure performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. An incision is made close to the top portion of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh attaches to the torso. There are several types of thigh lift procedures. When thigh looseness is more pronounced up top, closest to the pubic area, a medial thigh lift is recommended. This limits the incisions to the thigh crease up by the pubic area, easily hidden by undergarments or a bathing suit.
Dr. Mizgala offers the latest technology in skin tightening, including BodyTite and Renuvion. This can be used in conjunction with a medial thigh lift to limit the incisions. In some cases of severe loose thigh skin, a more extensive thigh lift may be recommended. This may involve an incision from the thigh crease down to the knee, hidden between the legs. In most cases, a thigh lift continues to the back of the thigh with an incision under the buttock crease. Dr. Mizgala will customize a thigh lift procedure for you, depending on your thigh anatomy and review all of the options to tighten and reshape your thigh silhouette.
What to Expect
Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to complete. After the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to begin your recovery. There is typically bruising, swelling, and discomfort during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Mizgala will help the incision to heal well. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs can help you raise your self-esteem, and you can flaunt your legs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Thighplasty surgery can lead to outstanding aesthetic outcomes and allow patients to wear shorts and have a smoother leg appearance, especially after a major weight loss. Our pricing is based on what type of thigh lift is being performed and where the incisions are placed, etc. Most patients can expect to pay between $6,500 – $12,000 for a thigh lift. Dr. Mizgala will discuss the surgical options and then our office will assist with helping you choose the right payment option.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and correcting excessive fat deposits, it can improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your thighs. If you are interested in addressing cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Mizgala know during your consultation so she can adjust your surgical plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, the results from your thigh lift can last a lifetime. Dr. Mizgala will talk about what you can do to make your surgical results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a tummy tuck for a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Mizgala about all your concerns and goals so she can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Nonsurgical options for fat reduction and skin tightening are improving with new technology. A thighplasty may be the best way to address severe amounts of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Mizgala for more information during your consultation. She will discuss the benefits of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as her opinion on which would best fit with your goals.
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $11,000
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have sagging skin on your inner or outer thighs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call A Woman Plastic Surgeon in Metairie, LA to learn more about thighplasty. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other contouring procedures, especially surgeries that correct the lower body, including a tummy tuck. Schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Mizgala and get the slimmer appearance you desire.