Thigh Lift

“Restoring the contours you desire.”

Common name – Thigh Lift.

Technical name/also known as – Thigh Lift.

Benefits of THIGH LIFT

For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, excess skin may drape at the inner thigh, and in severe cases, down the leg towards the knee.  A thigh lift removes the excess skin to firm the appearance of the inner thigh.


Two types of thigh lift may be offered. The medial thigh lift places the scar in the crease of the groin and removes excess skin confined to the upper inner thigh. For skin that is loose and extends further down the leg, a vertical thigh lift may be performed. This also uses the scar in the groin crease, but also continues the scar down the inside of the leg towards the knee (think a hockey stick). A compression garment will need to be worn to help reduce swelling for about six weeks.


For a leg with significant excess skin, thigh lift helps restore the shape of the inner thigh. Patients report fitting better in pants, especially fitted ones. Patients report improved appearance with a slimmer, contoured leg.


The scar will be permanent, so for a vertical thigh lift, it will be visible if you wear shorts or short skirts. This is an operation with a difficult recovery period. The scar sits in the crease of the groin and can cause discomfort with walking and toileting. It is not uncommon to have a part of the skin separate and need additional time to heal. Swelling in the legs following surgery is not unusual, and many patients will require support stockings.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

4 – 6 hours (depending on the extent of procedure).

Anesthesia used

General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.

In or out patient

Usually an overnight stay is required.

Time until final appearance

3-5 months for swelling to resolve, a year for the scars to fade.

Length of results

Varies, but should be long lasting if weight does not fluctuate. Changes with age are expected.

Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and pain. Drains will be placed and removed after your surgery in the office. Wound healing delays requiring additional care such as dressings are common.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise.   Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, temporary or permanent changes in facial movement, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.


“Patients love the improved contour of their legs.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell  

Virtual Consults


While we are under social distancing and shelter at-home instructions, I am offering virtual consultations for new patients interested in meeting with me.

You can do this from a computer (via an invitation) or a smartphone (via an invitation and the Google Meet app).
There are four parts to the consultation:


1. Arrange a consultation by phone or email,
Phone: 248-885-8858


2. Download the new patient forms. Click here.

After you fill them out, you can either fax or email them to me.
Fax: 248-856-3975


3. Once the consultation is arranged, a meeting invite will be sent to you with the link for the consultation. At our prearranged time, follow the link to our secure and private consultation.

There, you and I will have time to talk about your goals, medical history, and all about the procedure.

While the examination is limited to observation in two dimensions, I should be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgery.


4. If you are indeed a surgical candidate, you will be contacted by Andrea, my patient coordinator, to get a surgical quote (or if insurance-based, your expected out of pocket costs), and an opportunity to hold a surgical date.

You will also be given a follow-up visit to confirm with your exam that you are a candidate and preoperative visit time for us to prepare you for surgery.


I hope to virtually see you soon!

Your Next Step!

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 3pm.

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    Before and After Gallery

    When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.

    Recovery time

    If healing proceeds as expected:

    Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Outsource housework a while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out. Rest with your head up and sleep with your neck extended (to avoid creasing) for the first two weeks.

    Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks, but no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six weeks. May cover scars with makeup once scabs are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. May color hair at three weeks after surgery.

    Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery.

    Returning to Work

    This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many women can return to sedentary work at three to four weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.

    Time until final appearance

    3-5 months for swelling to resolve, a year for the scars to fade.

    Length of results

    Varies, but should be long-lasting if weight does not fluctuate. Changes with age are expected.

    Smoking and Surgery

    If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  To better understand why, please click this link:

    Smoking and Plastic Surgery

    Other Information

    Because the incision is located in the groin crease, the recovery for this surgery is more challenging than most. Sitting, walking, using the bathroom—almost all activities can potentially put stress on the incisions as they heal. For this reason, it is very important to rest after the surgery and avoid too much early activity. It is imperative to have help at home after the surgery until you are able to get around easily.

    If you color your hair, do so right before surgery as you will not be able to color your hair until three weeks following the procedure. Plan to bring a scarf with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital.


    See what her patients have to say about their surgical experience.

    Follow the link to read some of the many letters received by Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell.

    Your Appointment

    When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure.

    You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

    Don’t forget:  it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

    Contact us

    Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

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