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Thigh Lift in Webster, TX

Thigh Lift Houston TX

As we age, have weight fluctuations, or massive weight loss, the skin on our thighs can become loose and hanging despite regular exercise and a healthy diet. A thigh lift or thighplasty removes unwanted excess skin and tissue to improve the shape and contour of the thigh. Patients can feel more confident in form-fitting pants and less discomfort while exercising.

Dr. Kimberly Carpin is an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is specially trained in plastic surgery, aesthetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Carpin is committed to helping her patients find their confidence by addressing their cosmetic concerns. Call (281) 333-4600 today to request a consultation in our Webster, TX office.

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Are there different types of thigh lift surgical techniques?

Depending upon where you are having the loose, sagging skin, Dr. Carpin will adjust her surgical technique to fit your unique needs. There are two basic approaches for thigh lifts that we’ll describe, but your surgery will be tailored to you.

Inner thigh

Sometimes referred to as a medial thigh lift, the inner thigh lift is done with an incision at the junction where the thigh meets the pubic area. This gives Dr. Carpin access to the underlying tissues while making the incision as discreet as possible. A wedge of skin is removed, along with unnecessary fat (some fat needs to stay), and the remaining skin is pulled upward. 

The inner thigh lift procedure targets removing excess skin in this area. Common in weight loss patients, this treatment can remove sagging skin, resulting in a more toned appearance to the inner thighs. 

Outer thigh

Sometimes referred to as a bilateral thigh lift, the outer lift has the goal of tightening the skin on the front and outside portions of the thighs. For the outer lift, Dr. Carpin makes the incision at the top of the leg near the hipbone, creating a “V” shape. This incision can be hidden beneath the panty line. The incision may wrap around to your hip or buttocks area, depending on your needs. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin pulled up and attached to the same area. An outer lift can remove larger amounts of tissue, and it can lift your buttocks along with your thighs.

If we are combining a tummy tuck with an outer thigh lift, the incision will simply be an extension of the horizontal tummy tuck incision, wrapping around your hips. The outer thigh lift procedure focuses on body shaping, lifting, and contouring the thigh area, leaving patients with a more toned appearance.


Both the inner and outer thigh lift procedures provide excellent results to patients looking to transform the appearance of their upper leg area. However, each procedure targets different goals.

The inner thigh lift targets the removal of excess fat and sagging skin, typically brought on by natural aging, as well as significant weight loss. If you are a weight loss patient or someone who suffers from skin infections and problems caused by excess skin in this area, the inner thigh lift procedure may be beneficial. Losing weight, toning muscles, and applying exercises to the inner thigh area can be difficult, making the inner thigh light procedure a great option for improved appearance. The inner thigh lift is the most common type of thigh lift for patients.

While the outer thigh lift procedure can involve the removal of excess skin, this type of thigh lift is heavily focused on body shaping and contouring. An outer thigh lift can provide more balance and symmetry between the proportions of your thighs to your hips, shoulders, and chest.

During your consultation, Dr. Carpin will consider your weight and aesthetic goals to determine which procedure best benefits you.

Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?

The thigh lift procedure is ideal for patients who are in good general health but have excess skin and tissue within the thigh area as a result of the natural aging process, pregnancy or significant weight loss. A thigh lift should not be considered an easy weight loss solution. This procedure is most effective on patients who are close to their ideal weight but unhappy with the appearance of their thighs. It is important for patients to maintain realistic expectations in order to be satisfied with the results of their thigh lift procedure. To find out if you are a good candidate for a thigh lift, call (281) 333-4600 today to request a consultation.
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How does the thigh lift procedure work?

A thigh lift procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia or heavy sedation. The procedure length ranges from 2 to 4 hours. The incision used is dependent on the amount of skin laxity. Mild laxity can be treated with an incision inside the thigh crease, along with the panty line. Severe laxity may require a longer incision placed inside the thigh, from the pubic area to above the knee. The excess skin is removed and the thigh is reshaped. Incisions are closed with sutures. Additional liposuction may be beneficial to remove excess fat. A light dressing is applied and a compression garment is placed. Some patients require a small drain placed for a few weeks after surgery. Patients may require an overnight stay at the hospital.

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Recovery from a thigh lift generally requires around three weeks. Due to the tissue removal and re-draping, it’s advised to consider bed rest for up to seven days. This helps avoid putting any pressure on your thigh tissue, and speeds recovery. Climbing stairs, squatting, or any strenuous activity of any sort is out of the question. Walking during these first few days should really only be to the bathroom. You’ll definitely need help around the house.

You’ll have bandages and compression garments on your thighs. The compression garments will initially hold your sutured incisions tightly in place. Then as your recovery progresses, they will help your thighs adapt to their new slimmer contours. You’ll wear your compression garments for one full month.

You can’t sit for two weeks, to keep pressure off your sutures. After one week, you’ll be allowed to walk around the house, but driving is out for at least three weeks. After about six weeks you can resume your normal activities. This all can sound quite inconvenient, but Dr. Carpin will stress to you in your consultation the importance of following these instructions to speed your healing and minimize your scarring.

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How much does a thigh lift cost?

A thigh lift costs between $6,500 – $7,000. After your consultation with Dr. Carpin, a customized quote will be given.

What are the risks and side effects of thigh lift surgery?

Thigh lift surgery is a safe procedure, but it is involved. As with any surgery, there are risks of infection, poor wound healing, accumulation of fluids, and skin loss. With thigh lifts, other possible side effects can be asymmetry of your legs and numbness or changes in skin sensation in the surgery areas. In some cases, tissue sagging will not be fully alleviated, or patient expectations may merit a secondary office procedure to fine-tune the contour of your thighs. These issues are all quite rare with these procedures. That’s especially true considering Dr. Carpin’s board-certified training, expertise, and experience, which work to deliver the satisfying results you’re seeking to achieve with your thigh lift.

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What kind of results can I expect and how long before I see them?
Initially, your legs will be more contoured, but they will also be swollen and bruised and in compression garments. You will need some patience here, as the tissue repositioning can cause some enduring swelling. Some patients may take up to a full year for their thighs to fully recover. But when the swelling has passed and your scars have started to fade, you’ll notice slimmer, younger-looking thighs with great contour. Our patients from across the Houston area find these to be very satisfying procedures.
What will my scarring be like after a thigh lift?

Dr. Carpin works to place these incisions so they can be effectively hidden under panties or a bikini bottom, but there will be scarring. The inner thigh lift scarring is well hidden on the inside of the upper thigh and pubic area. The outer lift is basically an extension of the incision made for a tummy tuck. It can be hidden under a bikini bottom, but there will be a scar.

If you work to not place any stress on your healing incisions, and if you are diligent about keeping all sun exposure off your incisions, you’ll be amazed at how thin and light they become. After your initial recovery, their appearance will continue to decrease.

How Can I Prepare for My Thigh Lift Surgery?
Preparing ahead of time for your thigh lift surgery can lead to a speedier, complication-free procedure and recovery. Before the day of your appointment, we recommend doing the following to prepare for your thigh lift properly:
Consult your primary doctor about stopping any prescribed medications that may interfere with your procedure.
Quit smoking at least six weeks before your operation.
Avoid taking blood-thinning medications.
Avoid alcohol.
Stick to a balanced diet that helps you maintain a stable weight.
Arrange transportation plans to and from your appointments.
Prepare your home for easy navigation while you recover.
How Can I Speed Up My Healing Process After a Thigh Lift Procedure?
While it’s essential to prioritize full-body rest during the first three weeks of your recovery, many patients often ask how they can speed up the healing process when the initial discomfort from their procedure has worn off. Within three to four weeks, most patients can stand and walk comfortably after their thigh lift. However, to speed up your ability to walk comfortably again, you may begin to re-introduce light exercises to your body after three weeks of rest.
It’s important while doing this that you avoid high-intensity, strenuous workouts. However, gentle calf exercises, light walking, and exercises that strengthen the leg muscles to relieve pressure on the thighs can not only help your body get used to moving again but also encourage steady blood flow throughout the body. Remember to avoid overdoing it and only participate in physical activity that is comfortable for you during recovery.
How Long Will My Thigh Lift Results Last?

The results from a thigh lift are designed to last between five to ten years, although results can vary from patient to patient. While a thigh lift cannot prevent signs of aging or prevent skin from sagging in the future, patients who commit to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine can maintain a stable weight, allowing them to enjoy their thigh lift results for up to a decade.

Is a Surgical Thigh Lift Better than a Non-Surgical Treatment?

There are many non-surgical thigh tightening or body sculpting treatments available for patients. However, these treatments often involve the use of laser or radiofrequency technology, which may prevent a number of patients from receiving treatment. While these non-surgical thigh-tightening treatments may be less invasive, a more invasive surgical procedure is often required to treat areas as large as both thighs to produce noticeable, successful results. It’s important to discuss your goals with Dr. Carpin to determine the best procedure for you, as a non-surgical treatment option may not be able to provide you with the results you are looking for.

Is thigh lift recovery painful?

The pain involved in your recovery isn’t sharp, acute pain. For the first two to three days, you’ll have the most discomfort and your thighs will feel tight. Your pain medication handles this and after day three you’ll notice a real decrease in any pain or discomfort.

With thigh lifts, the “pain” of your recovery is more of a result of the inconvenience of not being able to use your thighs. No sitting. No climbing stairs. Minding your recovery instructions will dramatically improve your healing, but it can be a little tedious. Your end results, however, will make it all worth it.

Can I Combine Other Procedures With a Thigh Lift?

Yes! Combining other procedures with your thigh lift to achieve your overall desired results is safe and effective. The most common procedures that can be combined with an inner or outer thigh lift are an arm lift, a breast lift, or a tummy tuck. These procedures are popular among weight loss patients who experience sagging skin in these areas after losing a significant amount of weight. In addition, these procedures can also provide a more proportional, balanced figure, as adjusting the appearance of the arms, the chest, and the abdominal area to the new appearance of the thighs can result in improved body symmetry and an overall great shape.

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Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Carpin performs thigh lifts for patients in Houston, League City and Clear Lake, TX and surrounding areas, including Friendswood, Pasedena, Kemah, Seabrook and Galveston.

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