Introduction to

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift procedure is generally recommended for patients who are bothered by lumps around the thighs (caused by out of place and drooping fat deposits) or heavy lines, wrinkles, and folding of skin around the thighs (caused by excess tissue).

How Do I Get Started on my Thigh Lift?

The first step in the thigh lift process is a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie at his Chicago area office. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your desired final results and the best way to achieve them. Because Dr. Ogilvie believes in patient-centered approach, he will take the time to ensure all of your questions are answered and you understand all aspects of your procedure.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos

Who is a Good Candidate

for Thigh Lift?

Candidates seeking out thigh lift procedures are usually interested in eliminating areas of discomfort from around their legs. As you age, areas of fat can begin to sag out of place. Additionally, your skin loses elasticity, meaning that excess skin will no longer bounce back. Together, these two factors can make the tissue on the legs look lumpy or aged, and patients can feel self-conscious about their appearance.

If you want to know more about thigh lift surgery and what Dr. Ogilvie can do to help your legs appear smoother and younger, contact our offices to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll be able to get all of your questions answered and Dr. Ogilvie will be able to evaluate you for thighplasty surgery.

Is Thigh Lift

Right For Me?

Generally speaking, good candidates for thigh lift procedures will:

  • Want to eliminate lumpy or wrinkled areas of tissue around the thighs.
  • Want to smooth out areas skin around the inner or outer thighs.
  • Want to achieve a more youthful looking thigh.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
  • Be able to maintain a relatively stable weight.
  • Have realistic expectations about what a thigh lift can achieve.

The Thigh

Lift Procedure

Thigh lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients will typically be able to return home on the same day that their procedure is performed. In general, thigh lift surgery will follow these steps:

Anesthesia — Thigh lift procedures can be performed either under general anesthesia or a local anesthesia and sedative mixture. You will discuss all of your anesthesia options with Dr. Ogilvie well before your surgery takes place.

Incision – The primary incision for a thigh lift involves an elliptical excision of skin and fat along the medial thigh, which may extend into the groin or the inner knee as necessary. Once the incision is made, Dr. Ogilvie will remove unwanted skin and fat–or reposition fat as necessary. Incisions are closed using specialized sutures.


and Results

Recovery from thigh lift procedures can take several weeks, but the specific timeline will depend on your individual body and experience. Swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks. Once swelling subsides, patients will begin to notice smoother, more youthful looking thighs. Fat will be repositioned and the overall aesthetic of the thigh will look much more athletic and trim.

A thigh lift can do a lot to bring about a transformation of the legs, leading to improvements in confidence and self esteem in patients. If you have questions about what a thigh lift procedure can do to help improve the appearance of your upper legs, contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a consultation at his Chicago area office.


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