Beverly Hills Thigh Lift Procedure
Helping Patients Achieve Taut, Smooth, Contoured Legs
Gravity, genetics, loss of skin elasticity and weight fluctuations contribute
to the changes that occur in our thighs as we age. The thigh region can
be a particular source of frustration for many women (and men), who have
spent countless hours in the gym in an attempt to achieve toned, slender
legs, but have had little success because of the fatty tissue and sagging
skin that stubbornly lingers on the thighs. Fortunately, a thigh lift
may provide the ideal solution for the removal of this residual, unsightly
fat in the thigh region. A thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed
to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the legs by removing excess
skin and fatty deposits from the thighs.
A thighplasty performed at Gabbay Plastic Surgery, by Dr. Joubin Gabbay
M.D., can markedly transform the appearance of your legs, creating a lean,
shapely, youthful look. Dr. Gabbay has performed countless thigh lifts
over the last several years and has honed and perfected his thighplasty
techniques for contouring, tightening, and reshaping the thighs. Dr. Gabbay
also utilizes thighplasty to tone the skin in the thigh region and help
eliminate the unpleasant dimpling of cellulite.
Options for a Thigh Lift in Beverly Hills
The different types of thigh lift surgery vary primarily according to the
path and pattern of the surgical incisions. There are many surgical techniques
used in thighplasty, including the inner (medial) thighplasty, upper thighplasty
and spiral thighplasty techniques, among others. Many patients have substantial
elevation and toning of the thighs as a result of undergoing other body
contouring procedures such as a body lift.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gabbay will evaluate your anatomy
and the area(s) that need to be treated, discuss your surgical objectives
and goals, and then select the appropriate procedure to ensure optimal
results from your thigh lift.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, we understand that our patients have unique
and individual needs, and require highly specific, individually customized,
treatment plans. We also believe strongly in patient education and will
take the time to thoroughly inform about all of your surgical options,
to help you to select the best possible surgical option to bring about
the fulfillment of your aesthetic goals. Dr. Gabbay uses the most advanced
surgical technology and techniques when performing thigh lift surgery
to maximize your results and diminish the length of your recovery period.
If you have additional questions about thigh lift surgery, please contact
Gabbay Plastic Surgery today and let us schedule your complimentary initial
consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Anatomy of the Thighs
The thigh area is located between the pelvis and the knee and is made up
of several adjoining muscle groups working in conjunction with one another.
The thigh region is supported by the femur bone, and is divided into three
groups of muscles:
Anterior Compartment: The anterior thigh contour consists of the quadriceps (muscle group) and
a layer of fat
Posterior Compartment: The posterior thigh is composed of the hamstring muscles and a layer of
Medial Compartment: The medial or inner thigh takes its shape from the abductor muscles and
a layer of subcutaneous fat
The primary muscles responsible for thigh movement are the quadriceps and
hamstrings. The quadriceps are located in the front part of the thigh,
originating from the lower part of the pelvis and inserting into the knee
tendon. The hamstrings are located in the back of the thigh, originating
from the top and back of the femur, and inserting into the tendons in
the back of the knee. Stabilizing muscles in the thigh region are responsible
for the proper alignment of the legs, pelvis, and feet. The iliotibial
band (IT band) is not a muscle, but rather a strong sheath of connective
tissues that runs from the top of part of the outer pelvis down to the
outer knee. The IT band serves a stabilizing function and helps to prevent
extreme internal rotation during movement of the legs.
Who Should Choose a Thigh Lift
This procedure would best serve a patient who has dimpled or sagging skin
on their knee, buttock, and thigh area. We are commonly sought out by
those who have recently experienced extreme weight loss, as many of these
patients often experience the aesthetic challenges presented by excess
skin and fat on their thighs.
You may be a good candidate for a thigh lift if you:
- Have recently lost a great deal of weight and are looking to deal with
the excess skin
- Experience excess soft tissue around the medial, outer, or inner thigh areas
- Are a healthy individual without undue surgical risk
- Are looking to balance out existing body proportions through surgery
- Want to smooth out stretch marks on their legs and thighs
- Have committed yourself to a healthy lifestyle following the operation,
including proper diet and exercise
As with any elective procedure, a thigh lift surgery is a highly personal
decision that should be made for you, and you alone. It is important to
our team that you approach this procedure thoroughly educated on the risks,
the likely outcomes, and what you can expect before, during, and after
the surgery. To reduce risks and maintain as much of the results as possible
for as long as possible, we recommend that patients refrain from smoking
for a minimum of six weeks prior to the surgery and for the duration of
their recovery period. We also tell our patients that if they may become
pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight, they should wait to have
the procedure until after their bodies have reached a stable equilibrium.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
The first step of any procedure with our Beverly Hills plastic surgeon
at Gabbay Plastic Surgery is to schedule your initial consultation. Here,
Dr. Gabbay will sit down with you and determine your motivations for getting
the procedure and give you an idea of what realistic expectations would
be. We will then get an idea of your overall health, your medical history,
any allergies you may have, and discuss treatment options. During this
consultation, it is critically important that you be fully honest and
open so that we can set you up for success.
If he decides that you are a good candidate, Dr. Gabbay will then evaluate
the amount of excess fat, as well as the amount and elasticity of the
There are several different types of thigh lifts, including:
Inner thigh lift: Targets the inner thigh, and is a good option for mild to moderate amounts
of excess fat and skin using relatively short incisions from groin and
thigh crease to buttock crease.
Medial thigh lift: Targets the inner, upper thigh, with the incision running from the inside
of the thigh around to the buttock crease.
Vertical thigh lift: Most common choice for those who recently lost significant amounts of
weight, with an incision that extends from the groin crease from the inner knee.
Spiral thigh lift: Helps to sculpt much of the thigh, with an incision that goes from below
the buttock and ends where the thigh and pubic areas join.
Details of the Procedure
A thigh lift is an outpatient surgery generally performed under IV sedation
or general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours to perform on average. After
making the initial incision, Dr. Gabbay will tighten the underlying tissue,
remove excess skin and fat, and reshape and tighten the remaining skin
to improve the contour of the thigh. Dr. Gabbay will close the incision
with deep support sutures to ensure that the newly shaped thigh contours
do not sag after the incisions have healed. In some cases, a temporary
tube will be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. The
incision site will be bandaged and you will wear a compression garment
for several weeks following your procedure, in order to minimize swelling
and support the tissues as they heal. Advanced surgical techniques allow
the majority of thighplasty incisions to be placed in strategic locations
(hidden by most types of clothing), and although partially obscured by
swelling and bruising, the results from your thigh lift will be visibly
apparent almost immediately after surgery and will continue to improve
over the next 4-6 weeks.
Recovery Following a Thigh Lift Procedure
For the first few days after your thigh lift procedure, you may feel some
tightness and discomfort, which can be controlled with the pain medication
Dr. Gabbay will prescribe. After surgery, you should allow for at least
a week of rest and recuperate, in order to allow for proper healing. During
this time, you will be advised to wear your compression garment in order
to protect your surgical incisions and to promote firming and tightening
of the skin. Although post-surgical walking is recommended to prevent
blood clots from forming, you should avoid climbing stairs and will need
to keep your legs slightly bent at the hips during the first week, in
order to minimize tension around your incision line, which will result
in a thinner, less-visible scar.
Most patients return to work 1-3 weeks following surgery, although it is
important to remember that healing is a gradual process, and you should
avoid any strenuous physical activity that could stress the incision sites
for several weeks. Most of the swelling and discoloration will dissipate
in 1-2 months, and during your follow-up visits, Dr. Gabbay will monitor
your progress and ensure your body is healing properly.
Although rare, potential thigh lift complications may include: infection,
scarring, bleeding, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, blood clots,
skin loss, numbness, adverse reaction to anesthesia, changes in skin sensation,
swelling, skin discoloration, necrosis, asymmetry, pain, and skin irritation
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help you feel more confident
and attractive than ever. Call our team today at (310) 928-2558 to find
out if a Beverly Hills thigh lift may be right for you!