Many patients visit Dr. Robert Cohen for thigh lift surgery at his Beverly Hills/West Hollywood office to address the excess skin on their thighs. Dr. Cohen can perform a thigh lift to improve the flabby appearance or dimpled skin on the thighs that can come with pregnancy, aging, or excessive weight loss.
If you’re interested in a Beverly Hills thigh lift surgery, Dr. Cohen would love to speak with you and answer all of your questions. Request a consultation or call (310) 620-7855 to schedule an appointment.
A personalized West Hollywood thigh lift
Dr. Cohen generally works with Dr. Emer to perform a thigh lift procedure that will lift, contour, and balance your thighs so that they have a slimmer appearance and look more in proportion with the rest of your body. Liposuction and J-Plasma (Renuvion) may also be performed in addition to the thigh lift in order to give your thighs a smoother, more toned appearance.
Every patient is different and will have unique concerns and goals. Some patients dislike their loose skin that has resulted from weight loss. For others, it can be a result from prior liposuction performed by another surgeon. For others, it can be the effects of aging.
Whatever your reasons may be for seeking a thigh lift, Dr. Cohen will listen carefully to your goals and concerns, and will determine the best thigh lift surgical plan for you.
Am I a good candidate for thigh lift surgery?
Those considering thigh lift surgery should understand that this is not a “weight loss surgery”. Rather, it’s a procedure for those who are near a healthy weight, but who are unhappy with the way their thighs look.
Good candidates for thigh lift surgery are:
- People near a stable weight
- Those with excess soft tissue along the inner thigh region and/or the outer thigh
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Those with realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can actually do
During your consultation, Dr. Cohen will evaluate whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for thigh lift surgery.
Thight Lift Surgical Details
A thigh lift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia. There are a few different types of incisions that may be used, and the incision pattern will be determined by the type of thigh lift you’ll be getting and the area that will be treated.
The most common thigh lift technique begins with an incision in the groin area. The underlying tissue will be re-shaped and tightened, and the remaining skin is pulled up, smoothed out, and sutured into place where the incision was made.
As with any surgery, there will be some scarring—however, Dr. Cohen is mindful of this, and any scars will be hidden in your body’s natural groin and buttock creases. With this surgery, long lasting dissolving sutures are used to suspend the deep thigh connective tissue to the deep groin and buttock crease connective tissue. This takes the tension off of the skin in order to create the finest and best hidden scars.
For patients with more extreme skin looseness, an incision that runs down the inner thigh from the groin to the knee may be necessary, however, most patients do well with the more hidden groin crease option.
Patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness in the treated area. Dr. Cohen will advise you to wear compression garments for approximately 6 weeks during your recovery in order to minimize the swelling and help with the healing period.
Swimming, taking baths, or any other activity where you are submerged in water should be until Dr. Cohen gives you permission otherwise. You may usually shower 48 hours after your thigh lift procedure, and you’ll most likely be able to return to work within 7-10 days. You may also return to physical activity after 4-6 weeks.
The sutures are dissolving under the skin sutures so they will not need to be removed. The incision is usually sealed with Dermabond (skin glue) for maximum ease and cleanliness. The results of your thigh lift procedure will be seen very quickly, but the full results are typically only seen after a few months, when all the swelling has gone down.