Thigh Lift Surgery
Thigh lift surgery can help improve the contours of your upper legs, especially if you've lost a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery. The procedure is often combined with other body contouring surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald J. Johnson is experienced and can help you get the desired results from a thigh lift.
Memphis-area patients who are considering a thigh lift can request a consultation online to meet personally with Dr. Johnson or call our office at (901) 737-1050 and a member of our friendly staff will help schedule an appointment.
Do You Need a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery candidates at our Germantown, Tennessee office usually fall into 1 of 2 categories. Some patients have lost a massive amount of weight and their thighs are now larger in circumference a few inches below the crease underneath the buttock. Their skin is frequently thin and stretched out, with less subcutaneous fat high on the thigh than a few inches below. The operation is designed to cut away the thin skin and scant fat area and pull up the lower fat and skin, sewing it to the area above where the skin and fat thickness match up better.
Other thigh lift candidates include patients who underwent liposuction but didn't have adequate results because of skin laxity. In other words, the skin didn't shrink back following the removal of fat and the result isn't aesthetically pleasing.
The time in the operating room for a thigh lift is generally 6 hours or more. General anesthesia is required and patients spend at least one night in the hospital. The incision locations depend on the extent of the lift needed. Dr. Johnson provides detailed pre- and postoperative instructions for each patient.
Does Insurance Cover a Thigh Lift?
In rare cases, such as following massive weight loss (after gastric bypass procedures, etc.) some patients have been able to secure insurance coverage. This is usually because the patients are having hygiene problems because of the excess skin and are suffering infections.
Obtaining insurance coverage in these cases usually requires more than one letter of predetermination with pictures, review by an insurance company committee, and one or two months' patience.
Nevertheless, for those patients whose need is great enough, this operation may be the only way they can don a bathing suit or even wear reasonably revealing sportswear. Because every situation is different, only a personal consultation allows us to assess your suitability as a candidate for the procedure.