Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr. James Fernau, works with weight loss patients as they complete their final transformation. During this process, body contouring procedures, such as thigh lift surgery are addressed. A thigh lift is a procedure designed to tighten the skin of the inner thigh and reduce issues with skin sagging in the thigh region. During a thigh lift, excess skin is removed to vastly improve the shape of the thighs. Therefore, a thigh lift can significantly tighten the skin and improve the overall contour of the thighs. The inner thigh lift procedure is more commonly performed than the outer thigh lift. As part of the inner thigh lift procedure, incisions are placed in the groin or along the inner side of the thighs. The exact location and length of the incisions will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Fernau, as well as the amount of skin excess to be removed.
"Dr. Fernau, Sherry, and the entire staff are spectacular. I went for the NeoGraft procedure and could not happier. The procedure itself was like walking into a spa, recovery was a breeze, and I am already thrilled with the results. Sherry is an artist at what she does and the best you’ll find in the area. Furthermore, Dr. Fernau and his staff make your safety and care a top priority. I highly recommend this team."- K.D. / Google / Sep 13, 2023
"Fantastic experience!"- A.W. / Google / Sep 12, 2023
"I called Dr Fernau’s office for an emergency implant replacement after an unfortunate mammogram incident . My prior Dr from 21 years ago retired and Dr Fernau’s office immediately scheduled me right in. By the following Monday I was scheduled for surgery and could not be happier with the results. They replaced both implants and a fat transfer which now allows me to zip up those old jeans. An extra bonus! The nurses and staff are wonderful and they make you feel comfortable. Dr Fernau is an artist in his field. I highly recommend and cannot thank them all enough!"- H.C. / Google / Sep 12, 2023
"Absolutely incredible. Dr. Fernau is so knowledgeable and his staff is top notch. I will recommend to any and all!!!"- P.D. / Google / Sep 08, 2023
"Dr. Fernau and his team achieve incredible results, while epitomizing the highest standard of patient care. I had a liquid rhinoplasty done here and my expectations were exceeded to such an extent, that I am nothing short of astonished by the result he and his team created. Dr. Fernau is an artist who will not settle for anything less than the best for his patients. A wonderful person in addition to a skilled doctor, his genuine nature shined through every interaction we had. The contours and shaping he created as a result of my procedure were perfect from every angle, and on top of it, I impressively experienced no noticeable bruising or swelling afterwards thanks to his adept technique and methods. Having had this same procedure done years ago elsewhere (thus having ability to compare doctors), I give my highest recommendation to Dr. Fernau for anyone looking to have a procedure of this nature done. Alongside of Dr. Fernau is a consummate team of professionals who exhibit the same high level of skill and care that he demonstrates. Sherry, Cindy, and Amber are all incredibly approachable, easy to talk to, and ask questions of. They go above and beyond to make your experience and procedure/visit smooth and comfortable, all while concurrently running an efficient operation. I admire their teamwork, knowledge, and efficiency. What sets this office apart are a) the level of artistry and expertise you receive and b) the genuine human touch that comes with it. You are not a number here; you are a patient who the entire team demonstrates true care and compassion for from intake to your final result. You will be glad you chose them. I will undoubtably be coming back for other needs in the future."- W.E. / Google / Sep 07, 2023
Thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. During this procedure, an incision will be made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.
A combination of lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, can be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift and a butt lift are the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. With this, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttock area. An incision can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttock and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 3 hours to complete, but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6-8 weeks. Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients find their self-confidence improve after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.
Thigh lift surgery costs an average of $9,500 to $19,900. The fees increase if the surgery is combined with another lower body cosmetic procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,500 - $19,900
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Thigh Lift FAQs
Thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Because the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulites or other skin irregularities on the upper legs.
Because this surgery is invasive, it is recommended that patients limit strenuous activities until fully recovered. Patients may go back to a normal (light) routine 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise should wait until about 6-8 weeks post-op. When all wounds are completely healed, patients may begin lower body moves such as lunges or squats.
Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise routine will enjoy their surgical results for years. Pregnancy or any additional weight gain after this surgery could compromise the overall surgical effect. It is also advised that patients be at or near their goal weight before surgery.