About Thighplasty

A thigh lift, also referred to as thighplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves your inner and outer thigh shape by removing excess skin and fat of either the medial or lateral thigh, or both. This procedure can assist patients with inner thigh fat that cannot be reduced by diet and exercise alone. Along with excision, this procedure may also utilize liposuction to give the thighs a smoother and more sculpted appearance. Thighplasty is not a weight loss surgery. This surgery is for those who have reached their ideal weight, but are unhappy with the way their thighs look.


A thighplasty takes about two to three hours hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Buchanan will make an incision into your thigh according to the type of lift you have agreed upon. Using this incision, he will remove small amounts of fat deposits and skin by excision. If your case requires liposuction, he will make a tiny incision into the thigh to remove fat using a small tube called a cannula.
Once the excess fat and small tissue has been removed, he will pull the skin taut in order to reshape and tighten the thighs, leaving your legs with a smoother appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures. In some cases, he may place drains in order to prevent fluid accumulation.

Alternatives to Surgery

Before proceeding with a Thigh Lift, some patients choose to undergo liposuction beforehand. While liposuction may break down and get rid of fat cells, it does not get rid of loose skin. Liposuction may actually cause the skin to become looser. A thigh lift is the most effective way to get rid of loose skin.

How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost?

The cost of a Thigh Lift surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the number of procedures involved, and where you live. On average, patients pay an estimated $5,300 for this surgical procedure.

It’s also important to note that the amount above does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered a Thigh Lift, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Thigh Lift?

Health insurance companies do not cover thighplasty surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. However, if this region of your body is causing you discomfort, you should talk to your health insurance provider about coverage. We always recommend doing your research before proceeding with any surgery because it is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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