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
"I've always struggled with being confident in certain clothing because of my small breasts. I've recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. White and I couldn't be happier. I chose to schedule a consultation with Dr.White after reading all the amazing reviews and seeing his before and after photos. After the consultation, I felt so lucky to find not only an amazing Dr. that was well educated and talented, but he also made me feels so comfortable. One thing I liked most about the way Dr.White does his procedures, is that he chooses a sizing based on the pictures that I sent him and what would fit most proportionate to my body. The results were very natural and I would recommend him to anyone. Not only was Dr. White amazing, but so was his staff!"- L.M. / Google / Apr 14, 2021
"The entire experience I have had with Dr. White and his staff has been AMAZING. I was able to get scheduled very quickly, and every phone call that I have made since surgery has been answered. Everyone is so friendly and I couldn’t be happier with my results! You won’t regret choosing Dr. White!"- H.N. / Google / Apr 06, 2021
"I have wanted to get a breast augmentation most of my adult life. I never felt confident and proportionate. After having two kids, it just got worse. My biggest fear was choosing the wrong surgeon and hating the outcome. I researched online and got opinions from friends about who they used. I never felt confident after looking at the reviews on those surgeons. When I came across Dr. White, I was blown away by the amount of positive feedback. I decided that why not at least go for a consultation. My initial phone discussion with the wonderful office staff set aside a lot of my nerves. They were super nice and helpful. Going in to the consultation I was so uncertain if I would be able to just get implants or if I would need a lift; what type of implant should I get; what size implant should I go with; I had loads of questions. After visiting with Dr. White, I never felt more certain that I had come to the right place. He listened attentively to what I was wanting and he really truly cared about making sure he could give me the look I had been wanting for so long. He explained to me that while I could possibly benefit from a lift, he felt confident that we could go with a larger high profile implant that would bring my breasts up higher and create a more proportional look. He went over the gummy bear implants and how safe they are and that they have the most natural feel. The day of the surgery I was honestly not even nervous. I was so excited to finally be there! The hospital staff was just as nice and I felt super confident in their care. My initial follow up was the very next day and then every two weeks for a couple of months. Dr. White is very vigilant that you complete your daily arm raises and exercises. They are extremely uncomfortable but he stressed to me the importance in the healing process and settling of the breasts. He is the only doctor I have heard of that is critical of these practices and I truly feel is a large reason as to why he has such great success. I am currently almost 4 months post surgery and I could not be happier with the outcome! They settled perfectly symmetrical and with the type of implant he used, it even brought my nipples up to more center to the breasts. They also feel extremely soft and natural. Dr. White truly changed my life! This surgery brought a level of confidence in myself that I have been missing for so long."- S.R. / Google / Apr 06, 2021
"Multiple pregnancies left me with a wide diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation. After years of physical therapy, I was told surgery would be my only option to fully correct the issue. I began to research surgeons and came across Dr. White early in the process. I found that, despite hours of researching different surgeons and techniques, I kept coming back to Dr. White. After scheduling my tummy tuck consultation with him, I was confident he was the surgeon that would give me the best results. I was most concerned about my health and safety. Not only does Dr. White go above and beyond to make sure you have all the information you need, but he also sends you to get a full physical to ensure you are healthy before surgery. My surgery went great and I awoke in recovery to Dr. White already showing me pictures of my new tummy! My surgery went into the evening hours, but I was told by my nurse that Dr. White had already called to check on me just a few hours after surgery had ended. He was the first to help me out of bed the next morning and he walked the halls with me. He also stopped by the surgery center multiple times to check in on me when he wasn’t scheduled to do so. I never had to take anything other than Tylenol for mild discomfort and I experienced no bruising from the surgery. It is also important to note that the nurses that care for you see a lot of plastic surgery patients. I was told that Dr. White’s results are consistently great and that he would be the surgeon of choice for them. I am over a year out and I absolutely love my results. Dr. White always makes you feel as if you are his only patient, and I truly believe he treats every procedure as a unique case. It is extremely rare to find a doctor who loves his work and cares about the end result as much as Dr. White does. One of the things I was most impressed with is that he is always working to fine-tune his surgical techniques. He has even developed his own instruments to make sure the best results are achieved. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his amazing team in the office. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and have helped make this process a seamless one for me. Dr. White is a brilliant and gifted surgeon. I highly recommend him! I often tell people that if Dr. White operated in every specialty, he would be the only call I would make if I needed a procedure."- M.C. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
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