THIGH LIFT SURGERY BY DR. ZUCKERMAN IN NEW YORK CITY

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Dr. Zuckerman performs cosmetic thigh lift surgery to improve the aesthetic appearance of the thighs and to remove excess skin after weight loss or due to aging.

Dr. Zuckerman performs cosmetic thigh lift surgery to improve the aesthetic appearance of the thighs and to remove excess skin after weight loss or due to aging. Model, not a patient.


Introduction to Thigh Lift Surgery

With thigh lift surgery, Dr. Zuckerman can help you remove excess skin and fat from the inner thighs, outer thighs, hips, and knees. This excess tissue may cause an overly wrinkled, drooping appearance to much of the upper leg, and most patients require this procedure due to aging or after significant weight loss. Patients should note that this procedure does lead to a longitudinal scar down the inner portion of the upper thigh. However, this procedure can provide a dramatic improvement to the aesthetic appearance of the legs and thighs, and the operation has a high rate of satisfaction among patients. The overwhelming majority of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients are happy with their improvement in contour and are not concerned with incision scars after surgery. Dr. Zuckerman also provides patients with a comprehensive scar care regimen for up to one year after surgery to minimize the appearance of the ultimate scar. He trained at some of the most elite institutions in the world including Brown University and New York University (NYU) and as a board-certified plastic surgeon, is highly adept with thigh lift surgery and other body contouring procedures. Dr. Zuckerman performs body contouring surgery after weight loss procedures in several other areas of the body including the abdomen, back, and arms.


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Am I A Candidate For Thigh Lift Surgery?



Candidates for thigh lift surgery are most often those who have lost a significant amount of weight, but any adult who experiences excess skin of the legs and thighs may be able to benefit from this procedure. Patients must be in good overall health, able to obtain medical clearance to undergo general anesthesia, and typically don’t suffer from healing problems. If you are at risk for the formation of keloid scars, please inform Dr. Zuckerman at your consultation as this may be able to be managed during your surgical process. If you solely desire to reduce the prominence of the inner thighs and eliminate excess fat deposits, liposuction of the thighs may be a better fit for you.




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Thigh Lift Surgery in Detail



Example incision patterns for thigh lift surgery. Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Example incision patterns for thigh lift surgery. Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Zuckerman performs the thigh lift procedure using different surgical techniques depending on the amount of excess skin present. In less extensive cases, he makes an incision in the groin and removes a crescent of tissue from the upper thigh. For weight loss patients, he typically must make a second vertical incision running longitudinally down the medial, or inner, thigh. The length of the incision may extend down the upper thigh only partially or may end at the knee. The two incisions together form an “L” or a “T” junction depending on their placement, although this intersection is well-hidden in the groin. The groin incision itself is well-camouflaged and can run from the bottom of the buttocks in the back to the frontal groin crease. In thigh lift surgery, the plastic surgeon must determine the right length of incision for each patient depending on their level of skin laxity and excess. Dr. Zuckerman strives to minimize incision length without compromising the ultimate surgical result.

Thigh lift surgery typically requires approximately three hours of operative time under general anesthesia. You may undergo thigh lift surgery at Dr. Zuckerman’s state-of-the-art, fully equipped operating room located inside his office in midtown Manhattan. This operatory facility has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), certifying it as a facility that offers an equally high standard of care as a hospital. The privacy, discretion, and convenience of Dr. Zuckerman’s private in-office operating room facility is an exclusive benefit of Zuckerman Plastic Surgery that many patients appreciate. Should you desire, you may also undergo surgery with Dr. Zuckerman at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, a major hospital in Manhattan in the Northwell system where all types of breast, body, and face cosmetic surgery procedures are performed. Dr. Zuckerman is on staff in the department of plastic surgery for Northwell system hospitals in Manhattan among others.



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Thigh Lift Surgery Recovery



Recovery from a thigh lift is similar to that of arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) but may last a bit longer and requrie more care to avoid stressing the surgical incisions during the initial healing process. Swelling and bruising should be expected in the days after the procedure, which should resolve within two to three weeks. In addition, any postoperative discomfort will be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Zuckerman. He typically places a surgical drain to collect excess fluid and to lower the risk of certain complications. The drain will stay in place for a week or less and is removed relatively painlessly in the office. Dr. Zuckerman also advises that patients wear a compression garment to reduce swelling for up to six weeks. He will provide you with a comprehensive scar care regimen for up to one year after surgery to minimize the appearance of your ultimate scar. Heavy lifting or strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately six weeks after surgery. However, most patients return to their normal routines after one to two weeks.



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Thigh Lift Surgery Before and After by Dr. Zuckerman



Dr. Zuckerman publishes many of his previous thigh lift surgery results with patient consent. The before and after image gallery has pairs of high resolution images from three to four angles for each patient. Many prospective patients enjoy finding a similar case to their own that Dr. Zuckerman has performed in the past. Take a look through the gallery by clicking on the button below.

BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGE GALLERY



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Risks of Thigh Lift Surgery



Thigh lift surgery is overwhelmingly safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. However, all surgery does involve some risk of complications. We list some of the possible, although uncommon, complication below:

  • Seroma (fluid collection which must be drained)
  • Wound healing issues
  • Infection

And, as described above, the patient will be left with a lengthwise scar down the inner portion of the upper thigh after surgery.



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Frequently Asked Questions About Thigh Lift Surgery



Below are the answers to some questions Dr. Zuckerman most frequently receives from prospective patients. If you don’t see your question below, feel free to contact Dr. Zuckerman’s office, and a member of his staff will be glad to reach out to you.

Must I lose weight before undergoing thigh lift surgery?

Generally speaking, yes. Dr. Zuckerman recommends that patients be near their goal weight before undergoing surgery. If not, the patient risks compromising their surgical result with additional weight loss, which may create further skin laxity after surgery.

Can arm thigh lift surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, typically combinations include arm lift surgery or other post weight loss / body contouring procedures. However, Dr. Zuckerman does recommend that operative time not exceed six hours for a single surgery.

Will I compromise my surgical result if I gain weight after thigh lift surgery?

Unfortunately significant weight gain can indeed have deleterious effects on the tightened contour Dr. Zuckerman creates during surgery. He strongly recommends that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise after surgery.



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Request Your Thigh Lift Surgery Consultation



Are you ready for your thigh lift surgery consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? He will perform a thorough evaluation of your desired outcome and needs based on your anatomy and medical history. Dr. Zuckerman will also address any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery and discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office by clicking the button below or by calling 212-231-9897. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York City to have surgery with him.

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ABOUT DR. ZUCKERMANYOUR VISITTESTIMONIALS

Dr. Zuckerman has been selected as a SuperDoctor and profiled in The New York Times Magazine SuperDoctors issue three years in a row, recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.

Dr. Zuckerman has been selected as a SuperDoctor and profiled in The New York Times Magazine SuperDoctors issue three years in a row.


Dr. Zuckerman was quoted on the use of Kybella to eliminate submental, under the chin, fat. He also opined on how an angular jaw line is essential to societal classical perceptions of facial beauty.

Dr. Zuckerman was quoted on the use of Kybella to eliminate submental, under the chin, fat. He also opined on how an angular jaw line is essential to societal classical perceptions of facial beauty.


Dr. Zuckerman appeared on an episode of The Doctors TV show on CBS for a preoperative evaluation of a severe burn victim who requires a complex plastic surgery reconstruction.

Dr. Zuckerman appeared on an episode of The Doctors TV show on CBS for a preoperative evaluation of a severe burn victim who requires a complex plastic surgery reconstruction.


A mother and daughter pair of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients were interviewed by the New York Post about how much they enjoy their experience at Dr. Zuckerman’s office undergoing cosmetic forehead, lip and cheek treatments.

A mother and daughter pair of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients were interviewed by the New York Post about how much they enjoy their experience at Dr. Zuckerman’s office, undergoing cosmetic Botox and Juvederm treatments.


Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on the trend of “Trophy Husbands” where men undergo plastic surgery for Fox5 News.

Dr. Zuckerman opined on the trend of “Trophy Husbands” where men undergo plastic surgery for Fox5 News.


Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on nipple piercings, their implications for breastfeeding, and why plastic surgery intervention may be required to remove them.

Dr. Zuckerman was interviewed on nipple piercings, their implications for breastfeeding, and why plastic surgery intervention may be required to remove them.


Dr. Zuckerman was selected as a SuperDoctor for New York state for plastic surgery. This selection is Dr. Zuckerman’s third year in a row and recognizes him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.

Dr. Zuckerman was selected as a SuperDoctor for New York state for plastic surgery. This selection is Dr. Zuckerman’s third year in a row and recognizes him as one of the best plastic surgeons in New York.


For ReadersDigest.com, Dr. Zuckerman discussed the fact that liposuction is not a shortcut to weight loss. It is a sculpturing tool best used to shape and contour targeted problem areas with excess, stubborn fat.

Dr. Zuckerman discussed the fact that liposuction is not a shortcut to weight loss. It is a sculpturing tool best used to shape and contour targeted problem areas with excess, stubborn fat.


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Zuckerman Plastic Surgery is the cosmetic surgery practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS located in New York City. Dr. Zuckerman specializes in tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, buttock augmentation, and cosmetic breast surgery. Zuckerman Plastic Surgery also offers an array of non-surgical treatments including musculoparalytics such as Botox, lip augmentation, tear trough rejuvenation for dark eye circles, laser resurfacing, microneedling, medical grade skincare and more. Zuckerman Plastic Surgery is a d.b.a. name for Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS, P.C., a Professional Corporation registered in the state of New York (DOS ID #: 5192265)
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