Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift with Dr. Walter Erhardt in Albany, Georgia

Following the success of major weight loss, many are faced with the reality of unsightly excess skin and fat present on the inner and outer thighs. A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to surgically remove this persistent fat and loose skin to reveal a more svelte body shape.

Dr. Walter Erhardt is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing thigh lift surgery. Through advanced body contouring techniques, he can restore and enhance your figure.

Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery

  • Thigh lift surgery is ideal for men and women who wish to improve the size, shape and contour of their thighs.
  • Excess fat deposits and tissue present on the inner and outer thighs can be targeted with a thigh lift.
  • If you've lost a significant amount of weight and your skin has failed to "shrink" back to its normal position, a thigh can give you tighter, firmer-looking thighs.

The best candidates for a thigh lift are healthy, possess realistic expectations and are at or near their ideal weight. The best way to determine if thigh lift surgery is right for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

How Thigh Lift Surgery Works

Your consultation: During your consultation, it's important to be honest and upfront about your medical history, cosmetic expectations and recovery goals. Your consultation will begin with a physical exam, followed by an in-depth discussion of thigh lift surgery. You will also have the opportunity to view Dr. Erhardt's gallery of before and after patient photos.

Surgery: A thigh lift can be performed in 2-3 hours and requires general anesthesia. Incision patterns vary. An incision may be made at the top of your leg (where a normal bikini bottom would end) or it may be made to extend from the groin to the crease of the buttock. When at all possible, Dr. Erhardt will conceal incisions within the natural contours of your body. As the incisions are made, he will remove excess skin and fat. If necessary, liposuction will also be used to remove localized deposits of fat.

Healing time: After surgery, it is common for patients to experience swelling, bruising and discomfort at the incision sites. Dr. Erhardt will provide you will specific aftercare instructions, as well as oral medication to manage your discomfort. Patients are encouraged to start walking as soon as possible. You should be mobile within a few days, but strenuous activities should be restricted for several weeks. You should be able to resume work and most other normal activities within three weeks.

Expected Results: A thigh lift can significantly improve the size, shape and contour of your thighs. The results of your procedure will become gradually apparent over the course of several weeks as swelling and bruising begin to subside. It may take several months for incision lines to fade and flatten. Other body contouring procedures may be performed in conjunction with a thigh lift to create an overall slimmer appearance.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Erhardt

If you're ready to learn more about thigh lift surgery, call 229-432-9325 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Erhardt. Our plastic surgery practice is located at 506 Fourth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701.