About Thigh Lift Surgery
Weight loss is a huge triumph for any individual. In some cases, men and women who achieve their weight loss goals sometimes require one extra thing to complete their physical transformation. Based on the amount of time you were overweight and how much of that weight you lost, sagging skin can be an added issue if the skin wasn't able to adapt to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are particular areas of trouble for many people. Hinsdale, IL aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. George Kouris offers surgical thigh lifts (known as thighplasty) at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, which trims away excess skin on the inner and outer thighs to create a tighter, more contoured look. This surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone battling loose skin on the thighs.
"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Kouris and his team! From the moment I spoke with Suzy the receptionist to book my appointment, to consulting with Nurse Sheila and Dr. George about procedure options, I felt comfortable and confident about my decision to move forward with Dr. Kouris. Dr. Kouris took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns. Dr. Kouris is a highly skilled, dedicated and caring physician who strives to do exceptional work in a safe manner. I very much appreciate Dr. Kouris!"- C. / Healthgrades / Jan 13, 2020
"I will start by mentioning that Dr. Kouris is an excellent doctor all-around. He is compassionate, very knowledgeable, extremely polite, and has a wonderful team - Sheila and Suzy are the best!I have known Dr. Kouris since 2017. I had 3 procedures - Breast reduction, Tummy Tuck and brow lift. I am 54 years old looking like i am in my 40s. I love all 3 of my procedures but my brow lift is incredibly natural. No one realizes what I had done. I am receiving compliments about how young I look. Ultimately, I believe the doctor that makes you look younger and feel extremely confident in your own skin has a magic touch! I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the search of doing any plastic surgery. Give Dr. Kouris a shot, you will not be disappointed."- M.K. / Google / Dec 27, 2019
"I have never been so assured of a doctor's capabilities. Dr. Kouris is kind, patient, and dedicated. His knowledge and demeanor put me at ease right away. I will always be grateful that he is in my life."- A.G. / Google / Dec 23, 2019
"I recently had some elective surgery with Dr Kouris. He listened very carefully to my hopes and concerns, and we came up with a plan. I could not be more pleased with the results. I felt like I was in very capable hands with Dr Kouris, his nurse Sheila, and the whole office staff from start to finish. I will definitely recommend Dr Kouris to anyone searching for a qualified plastic surgeon."- M.S. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
"UPDATE: The clinic called me back and asked if I could come in for complementary Botox to make up for the previous problems. The appointment went well. I met with Dr. Kouris and let him know that he didn't have to completely comp the Botox but he insisted and profusely apologized. He is a nice man and he truly care about his patients and their time. Kudos to him for making things right:) I’ll start with saying that I hardly ever write a poor review. However, I am very disappointed with this clinic. I made an appointment over a month ago for the 12th of December and let the receptionist know that I would be coming in during my lunch break. She assured me that they would be able to see me in a timely manner. I was supposed to be receiving a consult for skincare as well as Botox. Eight days before my appointment, I was contacted by Dr. Kouris’ receptionist reminding me of my appointment on the 5th. I let her know that she was mistaken that my appointment was made for the 12th as my husband was out of town during the 5th and I would not have made an appointment for that day. She apologized and updated her schedule for the 12th. On the 9th I was once again contacted by the receptionist letting me know that the individual who would be assisting with the skincare consult would be out of the country on the 12th and would not be able to see me during my appointment and let me know that I would need to make another appointment to see her. I was a bit bothered by this given this was the second “mishap” with scheduling but she let me know that she would have the person give me a call the following day so I could at least speak with her. I thought it was a nice gesture, so I agreed. I was able speak with the individual but as expected, she ultimately said she would need to see me to make any definite suggestions. Well, today I showed up for my appointment at 12:00 and was given paperwork to complete. I let the receptionist know, once again, that I was on my lunch break and needed to be sure they were aware that I didn’t have much time. She let me know that she would remind the clinic team and not to worry, they would get me back in time. Well, 45 minutes later, I was still waiting to see someone from the clinic staff. I had to leave before seeing anyone. The receptionist said “Sorry, we had another patient JUST stall everything”. I told her that I was more bothered by the fact that nothing had been communicated to me than the fact that they were running behind. I was also bothered by the receptionist lack of concern that I had to leave before being seen. I would expect more than a simple “sorry”. The explanation was only given after I prompted for more information. A clinic that allows the receptionist to be the face of the organization should strive for a more sympathetic, organized, communicative, individual."- E.Z. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
Thigh Lift Ideal Candidates
Thighplasty is a skin tightening and removal treatment that addresses extra skin. Thigh lift surgery is considered a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is often used on people who have lost 100 pounds or more. It's also helpful among older women and men who are battling loose skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose weight changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have hanging, loose, or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), this surgery can be a good option. Please keep in mind that if cellulite is the bigger concern, Dr. Kouris can recommend different treatments that can help reduce the look of cellulite.
Thigh Lift Surgical Technique
For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is typically used. A surgical incision is placed near the top of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh meets the torso. The incision usually extends along to the midway section of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if needed) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim away the excess skin in the top of the thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it can be tightened and secured with sutures. In some patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery corrects the entire thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.
What to Expect with Thigh Lift
Thighplasty takes about 2 – 3 hours to perform. Once the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to recover. There is usually discomfort, bruising, and swelling during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walk around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The overall recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Kouris will help your surgical incision to heal properly. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs will help you regain your self-confidence, and you can display your thighs with pride.
Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different fees, like facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and others. Once Dr. Kouris has developed your unique thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, he can then estimate your costs. Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery will help you locate low-interest medical financing, which can help make your thigh lift surgery easy to afford so you are able to concentrate on getting the results you want from an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Kouris.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and removing stubborn fat pockets, it also improves the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your upper legs. If you're concerned about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Kouris know in your consultation so he can customize your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Kouris advises you be at or near a healthy, sustainable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Kouris will give you advice on what will make your results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Many patients combine a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a custom lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Kouris about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical treatments to reduce fat and tone your skin, these are best for mild improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to correct significant amounts of loose skin and stubborn fat on your thighs. If you're considering nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Kouris to give you more information in your initial consultation. He will tell you the pros and cons of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, plus his recommendation on which would be best for your needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $14,000 - $16,000
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
When you notice extra skin on your thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to find out more about thigh lift surgery. It's typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more body contouring surgeries, particularly ones that address nearby areas, such as abdominoplasty or a lift for the lower body, based on your specific cosmetic goals. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kouris to get the tighter look you want.