Thigh lift surgery is an incredibly satisfying operation for my patients, and something I’m very passionate about performing.

Many patients that I see for thigh lift surgery have suffered from large thighs for as long as they can remember  – a thighplasty is a chance to reshape their thighs into a more proportional size that matches the rest of their body.

Many other patients that I see have been left with excess sagging inner thigh skin after losing significant amounts of weight – for these patients the sagging skin is tightened into a new shape, helping treat both functional and aesthetic issues.

Is thigh lift surgery for me?

You might be a good canditate for thigh lift surgery (also known as a thighplasty) if:

  • You have excess skin and fat around your thighs.
  • You have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess sagging skin around your thighs.
  • You are in good overall health, including not smoking.
  • You have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and understand the potential risks and complications.

What does thigh reduction surgery in Perth involve?

At a glance thigh reduction involves:

  • Time in surgery: 3 hours.
  • Time in hospital: day surgery or overnight stay.
  • Time off work: 1 – 2 weeks.
  • Time before driving: 1 – 2 weeks.
  • Time wearing a supportive garment: 6 weeks.
  • Time before exercise including gym: 6 weeks.

Dr Colbert likes to personally meet every potential thigh reduction patient at least twice before surgery. During these appointments the procedure is discussed, before and after photographs are reviewed, and all of your questions are answered.

Dr Colbert performs all thigh reductions under general anaesthesia, provided by a Specialist ANZCA trained Anaesthetist, in a fully accredited hospital. Dr Colbert firmly believes that your health and safety is the number one priority.

The thigh reduction operation involves removing excess thigh tissue and reshaping your thigh into a more aesthetic shape. The length and location of your incisions will depend on the amount of excess thigh tissue that you have, and is discussed with you during your pre-operative consultations.

After the procedure you will wake up in the recovery room, with your own recovery nurse by your side.

Why should I see Dr Colbert for my thighplasty surgery?

Many Perth people see Dr Colbert for thigh reduction surgery because they want expert care by a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

  • Dr Colbert MBBS FRACS (Plastic Surgery) is an Australian trained and fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
  • Dr Colbert is one of only a few Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia who focuses exclusively on breast and body surgery.
  • Dr Colbert takes extra time to tailor your thigh reduction to best meet your dimensions and expectations, helping ensure you end up with the best aesthetic result.
  • Dr Colbert and his staff are renowned for their amazing patient care, delivered in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

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What are the risks of thigh reduction surgery?

Thigh reduction surgery is associated with the following risks:

  • Infection: As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, which can cause pain, swelling, redness, and fever.
  • Bleeding: There is a risk of bleeding during or after surgery, which may require additional treatment or surgery to stop.
  • Scarring: Thigh reduction surgery will result in visible scars, which can be thickened or raised.
  • Nerve damage: There is a risk of nerve damage during surgery, which can cause sensory changes in the thigh area.
  • Anaesthesia risks: General anaesthesia carries some risks, including nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions, and breathing difficulties.
  • Unsatisfactory results: Although thigh reduction surgery can improve the appearance of the thighs, there is a risk of unsatisfactory results, including uneven or asymmetrical results, or a lack of significant improvement.

Dr Colbert will discuss all potential risks and complications with you during your preoperative consultation, helping you make an informed choice about thighplasty surgery.

What is the cost of thigh reduction surgery?

Costs associated with thigh lift surgery can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.

  • Surgical fee
    • The surgical fee includes the surgery, all post-operative care, and standard post-operative dressings. Please note a quote for the surgical fee can only provided after a consultation with Dr Colbert, and as each patient is different we’re unable to give estimations over the phone. This surgical fee is payable before surgery in total, however Medicare and your health fund may provide a rebate.
    • The Medicare item number for an a thigh lift is 30171. To meet the criteria for this item number the excess thigh tissue needs to be causing skin rashes (e.g. intertrigo or another skin condition), with the excess skin interfering with your daily activities, and resulting from significant weight loss.
    • If you meet the criteria for 30171, then this means that Medicare may help provide a rebate for your operation. Your private health fund may also provide a rebate, provided that you are on a suitable level of cover for an appropriate amount of time – but you should always check this yourself with your health fund.
    • Please note that Medicare and your health fund will not cover all the surgical fee, meaning there are usually out of pocket expenses (also known as a ‘gap’).
  • Anaesthetic fee
    • The anaesthetic fee includes general anaesthesia plus pre-operative and post-operative care.
    • After your consultation with Dr Colbert you will be provided with an estimation of your Anaesthetic fee on behalf of your Anaesthetist.
    • For procedures that have a Medicare item number, and provided you meet the criteria, then Medicare and your health fund may pay a rebate for some of the anaesthetic fee. Please note however there is usually an out of pocket gap, and your Anaesthetist will discuss this with you before your operation.
  • Hospital fee
    • The hospital fee includes the operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras.
    • Medicare does not cover this fee. If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.

Where can I find out more?

To arrange to speak to Dr Colbert about thigh lift surgery please contact our friendly office staff.

Alternatively you can leave a message by simply filling out our contact form.

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