Excess fat and loose skin around the thighs prove very difficult to work off, and cause discomfort for many patients. Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, contours the thighs to the desired silhouette by trimming excess skin around the thighs and tightening any remaining underlying skin tissue. Dallas, Texas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, specializes in creating beautiful results for his thigh lift patients. He uses modern advanced surgical techniques to create a smoother and tighter skin appearance in the thighs. For many, this surgery is often a final step in their weight loss transformation.
The best candidates for a thigh lift are those who are at or near their goal weight and whose weight loss is stable. Patients that have loose skin hanging from the inner and/or outer thigh would be candidates for this. Because thighplasty is a skin tightening surgery, patients who simply wish to remove fat, but otherwise have good skin laxity, will be better suited for a liposuction procedure. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening is usually incorporated in a thigh lift.
What to Expect
During a thigh lift surgery, the most common incision point places the incisions in the groin and in many cases, depending on the amount of skin to be removed, extends downward. The hanging skin is trimmed away and removed and the underlying tissue is re-draped and tightened. Depending on the needs of the patient, our doctor will either perform a medial thigh lift targeting the inner thigh, or a lateral tight lift, which targets the outer thigh. Patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. This combination approach is sometimes incorporated into an overall lower body lift for severe skin sagging.
"For years I had struggled with getting rid of my belly and constantly felt defeated. I am 30 years old and for the most part am very active. I worked out six days a week and tried ever diet out there .I still could not get the results I wanted. I finally decided in May of this year to make a consultation .I choose Dr. White because he performed liposuction and breast augmentation on my mother 15 years ago and did an amazing job. Therefor I went in met with Dr.White and literally 2 hours later scheduled my operation for liposuction of the stomach and arms for six months later. I walked out of his office feeling so ensured and excited for what was to come. I am not going to lie I was very skeptical for 2 reasons. One I had never had surgery and the second did not know what to expect. Nevertheless surgery day came and I could not have felt more excited. From the hospital staff to Dr. White I had never felt more comfortable and assured. Dr.White literally walks you through ever step and takes such pride in his work. The surgery went amazing there was literally no pain at all and 3 weeks out of my surgery I was in a bodysuit for Halloween. It’s been two months since my surgery and I cannot explain how happy I am with my results. My friends ask me if I would do it again and the answer is YES!!!!!!"- C.B. / Google / Dec 12, 2018
"Dr White is the best surgeon by far. He really cares about his patients and is truly an artist. He took the time to answer my questions and gave a very lengthy consultation where he went through the pros and cons of surgery. I was extremely worried to get surgery. I didn't know what to expect but Dr White helped me feel comfortable with the whole process. I had little to no pain after surgery and was off pain medication within one day. I also had NO bruising and NO discharge. I was so surprised after the surgery at how easy the recovery was. After the surgery Dr White has seen me with no additional charge to ensure that I am healing correctly. I would recommend him 100% to anyone who is thinking about plastic surgery. I already told my family if they are thinking of getting any surgery they HAVE to use him. Thank you so much Dr white for the amazing results. I couldn't be happier!"- S. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2020
"I've have nothing but great to say about Dr. White & his staff! I've been wanting BA since my breast were deflated after having kids & nursing for years. DFW area has so many doctors to research on. I looked through tons of reviews & before/after photos. His portfolio was the only one that I loved every single result. Most people would go with the most advertised or special discounts. I was lucky to have found Dr. White. Even though he didn't have any discounts or on social media, he had outstanding credentials! If you really think about it, if you're a good doctor you don't have to spend so much time on social media or give deep discounts. Originally, I thought I had amount of CCs in mind, but you really have to trust him. He truly cares about his patients & knows what's best for you. I saw him before, during, & after surgery. I didn't feel uncared for. He didn't operate & just left me. If I had any concerns, him & his staff were quickly to help. I couldn't be happier with my results!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jan 09, 2020
"After speaking to Dr. White and Jazmin at the consult, it was a no-brainer whom I would trust to be my surgeon - I have never been one to have the most confidence, especially when it came to my breasts. As I got older, my breasts continued to get smaller and smaller. Last year I began researching surgeons in DFW. For me, how a website is designed and the reviews of that surgeon speak volumes. Dr. White’s stood out to me and once I was ready to afford the procedure, I set up a consult. After speaking to Dr. White and Jazmin at the consult, it was a no-brainer whom I would trust to be my surgeon. Leading up to the surgery I was getting very anxious and nervous, as I have never gone under before. At my pre-op appointment, Melanie thoroughly went through what to expect and answered every question I had. Now I’m almost three months post-op and could not be happier with the results. My breasts are exactly what I was hoping for and have boosted my confidence. There really is no better choice than Dr. White and his staff!!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 17, 2019
"Absolutely hands down the best doctor I have met. The process was flawless. I was educated every step of the way. By the time the surgery came I knew exactly what to expect as far as procedure, recovery, medications and continued service. I was absolutely impressed that this would be at a hospital and I would spend two days under supervision of Dr. White and nurses. The experience at the hospital was 5 stars alone. Loved my nurses!I have gone through this procedure before with another surgeon and it was nothing like this. Lack of knowledge and research on my part led to poor results 15 years ago. I never imagined anyone could fix my previous results. Dr. White gave me hope and he surpassed my expectations. Its not a quick process on his end, there are steps I am taking to have the best outcome. Its working!My recovery has been a piece of cake. I personally experienced minimal pain. I still can not believe how easy it was for me to be up and moving around with in days.Dr. White welcomes me into his office with the biggest smile and genuinely seems happy to see my progress. That made it well worth the 15 year wait for the right surgeon.My husband, who did not want me to have a second surgery was truly amazed by the work Dr. White did for me. He couldn’t believe that I had no bruising and he was happy with the results. He asked several questions at each of my appointments and Dr. White was eager to answer. We never felt rushed to leave.If your looking for a OUTSTANDING Cosmetic Surgeon then start here. Your in the best hands! Your health should be trusted by someone who cares about your results. He takes pride in what he does and that certainly showed.Thank you so much to Dr. White and his amazing staff. Each of you are equally amazing. We appreciate all that you have done for me."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 07, 2019
Thigh lift surgery, if performed alone, takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. The recovery for a thigh lift is somewhat slow, but this is primarily due to the incisions. On average, patients can expect to return to light activities within 2 weeks, and a full recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Depending on how much skin was removed, there may be scars that are evident outside of the groin area. Proper scar care is needed for the scars to heal safely. Because of newly enhanced thighs and a slimmer thigh appearance, patients find that their self-confidence improves greatly after this surgery.
Get the Silhouette You Deserve
Thigh lift surgery has changed the lives of countless men and women who have battled loose and sagging skin in the thighs. This unsightly appearance creates anxiety when wearing shorts and makes wearing everyday clothing difficult. Our talented team has the credentials to create gorgeous results for patients seeking body contouring. Please call our office today to learn more.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location