About Thigh Lift Surgery
Weight loss is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. In some cases, people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally require one additional thing to finalize their appearance. Based on the amount of time you had extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, loose skin can be an added challenge if the skin wasn't able to mold to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are specific areas of trouble for a lot of people. Santa Rosa, CA plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer surgical thigh lifts (also called thighplasty) at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured look. Thighplasty surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone who doesn't want hanging skin on the thighs.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
A thigh lift is a skin tightening and removal treatment that improves the appearance of loose skin. Thighplasty is typically a post weight loss treatment and is commonly performed on individuals who have lost 100 or more pounds. It's also helpful for older adults who are concerned about excess skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body shape changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have loose, wrinkly, or hanging skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), thigh lift surgery can be a good option.
For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is commonly administered. A surgical incision is placed close to the top portion of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh attaches to the torso. The incision typically continues along to the midsection of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if necessary) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim the excess skin in the top thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it is tight and secured with sutures. In specific patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa corrects the complete thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.
What to Expect
Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to perform. After the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is typically swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walk, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by our office will help your surgical incisions to heal well. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs can help you raise your self-esteem, and you can show your thighs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different charges, like facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and others. As soon as Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas has developed your custom thigh lift plan, we can estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa will help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thighplasty more affordable so you are able to concentrate on working with experienced plastic surgeons, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and correcting stubborn fat pockets, it can improve the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your thighs. If you're interested in addressing stretch marks or cellulite, let us know in your consultation so we can adjust your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. We recommend that you be at or near a healthy, stable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, we will talk to you about what will make your surgical results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about your wants and goals so they can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical options to reduce fat in the body and tighten skin, these can help with mild improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to correct significant amounts of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your thighs. If you're considering nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas to give you more information in your initial consultation. They will discuss the pros and cons of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, plus their opinion on which would be the best fit with your needs.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
When you notice loose skin on your inner or outer thighs that create embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to find out more about thighplasty. It's typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more contouring surgeries, particularly surgeries that correct nearby areas, including stomach surgery or a lift for the lower body based on your individual condition. Schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas to get the slimmer look you want.