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Thigh Lift

Get the Figure You Desire with Thigh Lift Surgery

Life events like weight loss and pregnancy can leave behind stubborn fat and excess, saggy skin. This can cause the thighs to become fatty, loose, and chafed. A thigh lift procedure can surgically remove fat and skin, refining their contours and lifting the tissues.

Doctor Certifications

Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.

Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.

What is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift in the Scottsdale, Mesa, and Glendale, AZ area aims to rejuvenate and contour the thighs using surgical incisions to remove excess fat and skin. The thighs can be subject to fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, causing frustration when trying to achieve your body goals. Similarly, loose skin and muscles don’t respond to diet and exercise, meaning surgical intervention is required.

Who is a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

This procedure is appropriate for patients with milder forms of thigh sagging and in those patients who wish to avoid more visible scarring on the inside of the thigh. It is not ideal for patients with severe cases of loose skin because the procedure’s upward pull is not as effective lower down the leg, allowing tissues to relax again. During a consultation in the Scottsdale, Mesa, and Glendale, AZ area, Dr. Angelchik can assess your anatomy and determine the best procedure plan for you. In general, you should be in good health and able to undergo surgery to be considered a candidate for a thigh lift.

What are My Options for a Thigh Lift?

There are two different incision options for a thigh lift procedure, and Dr. Angelchik can determine the best one for you during a consultation. These options include:

Inner Thigh Incision

This incision can be placed where the thigh meets the groin and extending down the back of the thigh, meaning scarring can be easily concealed within the natural folds. In some cases, a shorter scar can be used that extends only along the fold of the groin area. These techniques more effectively addresses laxity and fat in the inner thigh.

Outer Thigh Incision

This incision type begins within the fold of the groin and wraps around the top of the hip to the back. This type can also be concealed with clothing since it follows the bikini line. This incision type more effectively addresses fat and laxity in the outer thigh and hip area.

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How is a Thigh Lift Performed?

A thigh lift can be performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Most patients are able to return home within the same day, although Dr. Angelchik may determine an overnight stay would be best, depending on how extensive your procedure is. Once anesthesia is administered, a predetermined incision is made that allows for surgical removal of fat and excess skin. Some patients can benefit from liposuction on the surrounding area, which can be performed within the same surgical session. This can help to further refine the contours of the lower body in addition to your thigh lift. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed and drains may be placed.

Thigh Lift Recovery and Results

The major issue with recovery from thigh lift procedures is positioning, because a sitting or squatting position is discouraged for two weeks. This is to avoid pulling too hard on the groin incision until the tissues relax enough to avoid a separation of the suture line. Dr. Angelchik can instruct you on the best positions for your downtime. Pain is moderate and well-controlled with oral pain medication. Antibiotics are prescribed for one week and hygiene is reviewed to minimize the risk of infection in the groin area. Sutures are dissolvable and do not need to be removed. Early walking is encouraged to reduce the risk of blood clots, but you should avoid strenuous activity or lifting. Patients can typically return to a desk job at two or three weeks. Dr. Angelchik will provide you with explicit recovery instructions to follow during your downtime.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Angelchik is a top body contouring plastic surgeon in the Scottsdale, Mesa, and Glendale, AZ area who can recommend the best thigh lift procedure for your goals and anatomy. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.


Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?

The effect thigh lifts have on cellulite varies widely, but a consultation with Dr. Angelchik can help you determine whether a thigh lift or another procedure can help.

How do you prepare for a thigh lift?

As with any major surgery, you’ll need a consultation before you are approved for any operation. Once you’ve received approval, you should adjust your medications as recommended and stop smoking a few weeks before surgery. You should also notify your doctor of any medical conditions, and make sure you intake plenty of water.

Where are the scars for a thigh lift?

The location of your scars depends largely on the techniques used in your thigh lift operation, but Dr. Angelchik can ensure scarring is minimal and naturally hidden in your curves.

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

Usually, a lower body lift focuses on sculpting the thighs and buttocks, especially after massive weight loss.

Is a thigh lift dangerous?

As long as you put your trust in a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon, your thigh lift operation should be safe. Bleeding or infections remain possible risks, but proper adherence to your post-surgical instructions will prevent complications.

How long is the thigh lift recovery process?

Recovery is a slow process that happens in multiple steps, and some may recover faster than others. That being said, a full recovery usually takes around six months.

Will insurance cover my thigh lift?

Most often, insurance plans do not cover thigh lifts or other cosmetic surgeries, but Dr. Angelchik is willing to discuss a payment plan with interested patients.

Will a thigh lift give me a thigh gap?

A thigh lift can produce a thigh gap if the patient desires, but they may be encouraged to consider liposuction as well for optimal results. If you are seeking a thigh gap, be sure to address this in your initial consultation.

How long does thigh lift surgery take?

The procedure itself can last anywhere from two to three hours but does not require a monitoring period afterward. That means patients can go home to rest shortly after their surgery.

Can exercising reduce inner thigh fat?

Certain exercises can help slim down thighs and create a more appealing contour. However, many patients who routinely work out may find pockets of fat too stubborn for exercise alone.

The Angelchik Difference

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makes us different and what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

  • Surgeon Consultation

    All patient consultations are conducted with Board Certified surgeon Dr. Angelchik and full medical history is discussed.

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    Recommendations are based on the patient's expressed interests, health history and physical examination.

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    Our staff offers a personalized experience for each patient with an educational and reassuring environment.

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