Thigh Lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What is a Thigh Lift?

The thighs are often a difficult place to lose excess fat. Patients who have undergone significant weight loss are often left with excess areas of skin on their lower body, and it is often difficult to remedy this issue with exercise alone. A thigh lift can help to reduce excess skin on the thighs for a smoother, more proportionate lower body contour.

Cost of a Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift Surgery: $6,700

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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  • Surgery: Surgery is done under general anesthetic at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes 4 hours and is an outpatient or overnight surgery.
  • Discomfort: Moderate to severe. Anticipate 3 – 14 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising: Does not usually occur unless liposuction was performed as well.
  • Swelling: Improves in 2 – 4 weeks. Don’t be alarmed by swelling in your ankles or feet. Keep your legs elevated to minimize swelling.
  • Bandages: Removed 2 – 4 days following surgery.
  • Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve.
  • Drains: Not usually placed. If placed, will be removed within 2 – 7 days.
  • Work: You may return to work when you are done taking prescription pain pills. This is usually in 1 – 2 weeks.
  • Sun Exposure: Protect from the sun with sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for one year.
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks gently (walking). Weights and more vigorous exercise, 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Final Result: Following scar maturation, about 1 year.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

Thigh lift candidates include patients who have an excess of skin and tissue along their inner and outer thigh regions. Patients should be non-smokers, at a stable weight, and have realistic expectations for their procedure outcomes. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to determine whether this surgery is a good fit for you.

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The Thigh Lift Procedure

A thigh lift procedure is done under general anesthesia and often takes about four hours to complete. The incision patterns used during a thigh lift will depend on the extent of work that needs to be done. Commonly, an incision is placed in the groin area and down towards the back of the thigh. Underlying tissues will be tightened and excess skin will be removed. The incision patterns used during your procedure will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Rocheford.

A thigh lift treats the loose skin of the upper thigh. Depending on the degree of laxity incision length will vary. If there is laxity all the way to the knee, an incision from the groin to the knee will be required to get the best result.

Thigh Lift Recovery

Following thigh lift surgery, patients may experience swelling and mild bruising. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication which should be taken three to 14 days following surgery. Most patients can return to their job after one to two weeks. Exercise may be resumed after two to six weeks. If you’re ready to discuss your options for better-looking thighs, now is a great time to schedule your thigh lift surgery consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

Thigh Lift FAQ’s

What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and, in some cases, fat resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking, and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you. This surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. Are you ready to learn more about thigh lift surgery? Request a consultation online, or call 651-968-1294 to speak with a member of our team today.

Is it right for me?

Candidates for a Thigh Lift are:nPeople whose weight is relatively stablenIndividuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thighnHealthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgerynNon-smokersnIndividuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplishnIndividuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitnessnWhat it won’t do: Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where the skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.

What to expect during your consultation?

The success and safety of your Minneapolis-St. Paul thigh lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.nBe prepared to discuss:nWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenThe options available in thigh lift surgerynMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnDr. Rocheford may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnExamine and measure your body, including detailed measurementsnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of thigh lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

Preparing for surgery?

When preparing for a thigh lift, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nWhat to do on the day of surgerynThe use of anesthesia during your thigh liftnPost-operative care and follow-upnYou’ll need helpnIf your thigh lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Procedural Steps?

What happens during thigh lift surgery?nStep 1 – AnesthesianMedications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Rocheford will recommend the best choice for you.nnStep 2 – The incisionnIncision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference. One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and re-draped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours. You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Dr. Rocheford will determine what’s appropriate.nnStep 3 – Closing the incisionsnDeep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.nnStep 4 – See the resultsnThe smoother tighter contouring that results from a thigh lift is apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising. You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal. Following a thigh lift, skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

Important facts about the safety and risks of thigh lift surgery?

The decision to have thigh lift surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.nPossible risks of thigh lift surgery include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nInfectionnFluid accumulationnPoor wound healingnSkin lossnBlood clotsnNumbness or other changes in skin sensationnAnesthesia risksnSkin discoloration and/or swellingnFatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)nMajor wound separationnAsymmetrynPain, which may persistnUnsatisfactory results such as highly visible surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities, bunching and rippling in the skin near the suture lines or at the ends of the incisionsnDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnThe recurrent looseness of skinnSutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that requires removalnThe possibility of revision surgery

When you go home?

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.nBe carefulnFollowing your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr. Rocheford questions about your thigh lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with her or her staff.

My recovery?

When your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. One or more small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Rocheford. Be sure to ask Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.nWhere will I be taken after my surgery is complete?nWhat medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?nWill I have dressings/bandages after surgery?nWhen will they be removed?nAre stitches removed? When?nWhen can I resume normal activity and exercise?nWhen do I return for follow-up care?

The results will be long-lasting?

The results of a Minneapolis-St. Paul thigh lift is visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. 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 be relatively permanent.

Questions to ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIf so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nHow can I expect my thighs to look over time?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my thigh lift?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


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