The thighs are no exception to the aging process, often accumulating excess fatty tissue and sagging skin that does not respond to dieting or exercise. A thigh lift can beautifully reshape the upper legs, creating a smoother, more attractive appearance as well as a better fit in jeans and leggings.

Advantages of a thigh lift include…

  • A more youthful, shapely aesthetic
  • A better fit in clothing
  • A boost in self-confidence and self-image
  • Effective where dieting and exercise have failed
  • Can target the inner thighs as well as the outer thighs
  • Inconspicuous scarring
  • Can be combined with abdominoplasty, liposuction or a Brazilian butt lift

Dr. Gardenier will typically make an incision that is well hidden within the creases of the groin area. Occasionally, the incision will be extended down the inside of the thigh in order to achieve optimal contour. They will then excise the extra skin and fat tissue, being careful to tighten the area for a more toned appearance before closing the incisions with sutures. In some cases, the doctors may also employ liposuction to better tone the thighs and remove more stubborn deposits of fat. The procedure is usually performed within 1-2 hours.

Good candidates for a thigh lift…

  • Are healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Have no major medical issues
  • Are at or close to their ideal weight
  • Have struggled to achieve the body image they desire
  • Are frustrated by bulky, fatty, sagging thighs
  • Have found no relief from diet and exercise
  • Have realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection
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Thanks to Dr. Gardenier's skillful, conservative approach, your recovery should be pleasant and swift. You will be advised to wear compression garments for a short time after surgery, as this will help your thighs to maintain their new shape and will help reduce excess swelling.

With surgery usually comes some level of discomfort, bruising and tenderness, however, Dr. Gardenier will ensure your total comfort by prescribing pain medications and will also provide you with a detailed aftercare plan regarding bathing, exercising, sleeping, and returning to work. Most clients resume normal activities within 7-10 days.

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Those patients interested in learning more about whether a thigh lift might be right for their needs should contact our Portland, Maine offices today to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Gardenier in the comfort and privacy of their office suites.

During this initial session, the doctors will perform a physical examination as well as a review of your medical and surgical history. Once they have answered all your questions and concerns in depth, he will create a customized plan of action for resolving your aesthetic issues, and will explain your procedure step by step.

Dr. Gardenier will provide you access to our extensive library of before and after photography so you can get a better idea of what to expect from your results. They may also use advanced 3D imaging to help project your outcomes.

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