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Due to Dr. Laliberte’s expertise in body contouring, he routinely performs surgical body procedures, including the Thigh Lift procedure. Depending on a patient’s goals, multiple surgical body procedures can be combined or performed in succession, where appropriate such as in major weight loss cases (body lift, arm lift, SAFE liposuction) or post-pregnancy mommy makeovers (abdominoplasty with SAFE liposuction plus breast procedure). Visit us for a private consultation to increase your self confidence and sculpt your desired shape.
What is a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery is performed in order to recontour the shape of the upper thigh by removing excess fat and skin using short-scar and standard techniques combined with SAFE lipo-sculpting of the inner/outer thighs. This results in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
This procedure is excellent for those who have had a significant weight loss or for those that have not been able to achieve their goals with diet and exercise alone. Those committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle are good candidates for this procedure.
What are the different types of thigh lifts?
Thigh lifts remove excess skin and fat, but there are different types that are achieved via different incisions. Dr. Laliberte will help you choose the best surgery to meet your individual needs. Below are the different types of thigh lifts to consider.
Inner (medial) thigh lift
A medial thigh lift is the most common form of this cosmetic surgery. It addresses sagging skin in your inner thighs via an incision from your groin down toward your knee or toward the back of your thigh area.
Mini thigh lift
This procedure requires fewer incisions than other types of thigh lifts, only involving an incision in your groin area. It works well if you’re wanting to focus on the upper-inner part of your thigh only.
Outer (bilateral) thigh lift
An outer thigh lift addresses the outside portions of your thighs. The procedure involves an incision that starts in your groin area, then extends outward to your hip and lower back area.
Vertical thigh lift
If you’re looking to address a lot of excess skin in all areas of your thighs, you may consider a vertical thigh lift. It requires larger incisions that extend down to your knees.
Lift with liposuction
How much does a Thigh Lift cost?
Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost of a Thigh Lift can range from $9,000 – $11,500
Am I a good candidate?
In general, good candidates for a thigh lift are:
- People whose weight is relatively stable
- Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thigh region and/or the outer (lateral) thigh
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
What should I expect during a consultation?
During your consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Dr. Laliberte will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine and measure your body, including detailed measurements
- Take photographs for your medical records
- Discuss your options
- Recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of thigh lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
A thigh lift procedure includes the following steps:
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Laliberte will recommend the best option for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference.
Inner thigh lift incision
One technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another technique removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision along the inseam. You may also qualify for a minimal incision inner thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area. Dr. Laliberte will determine what’s appropriate.
Outer thigh lift incision
Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Deep sutures within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesive tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.
The results of a thigh lift are visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. Following a thigh lift, skin quality is improved both in appearance and feel. Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should remain.
Most individuals take 4 weeks off from work to allow for recovery. If you do office work, you may be able to return as early as 2 weeks.
Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities by the end of 2 weeks. It will take 6-8 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity. Be careful about engaging in weight-bearing exercises or activities that put strain on your surgical site for the first 6 weeks.
- Removal of extra fat and skin resistance to diet and exercise
- Decreased appearance of cellulite
- Proportionally shaped thighs to compliment your body contours
- Increased physical activity and ease of exercise
- Decreased risk of skin infections and thigh chafing
- More confidence to wear new, different clothing
- A major boost of self-confidence!
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Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte
Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Michael Laliberte is extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.
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