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Thigh Gap Surgery

Thigh Gap Surgery

Starting at $8,500

Procedure Time: 1-2 hours

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Thigh Gap Surgery Sarasota

The thighs are a frequent problem area for patients, especially women. Fat can collect here for a variety of reasons even in thin patients. Therefore, patients often come to Sarasota Surgical Arts frustrated when they cannot naturally lose extra fat in the thighs, or who want to tighten the skin to get the coveted thigh gap. In these cases, a surgical solution may be the best option. Dr. Alberico Sessa at Sarasota Surgical Arts provides the best thigh gap surgery Sarasota offers.

Overview: What Is A Thigh Gap?

A thigh gap references when the upper portion of the thighs do not touch or rub together. In the last decade or so, a thigh gap has become a sought after beauty standard that many tried to achieve. However, with many women having stubborn fat in the thigh area and loose skin, it is not always achievable through diet, exercise, and weight loss.

Patients of all sizes can have thighs that rub together. Even patients who most would consider thin may carry more fat in their thighs simply due to genetics or other factors. A patient’s bone structure and anatomy also impact whether a patient naturally has a thigh gap.

If lifestyle changes are not helping you achieve your goal of having a thigh gap, then Dr. Sessa may be able to help. Additionally, he specializes in procedures that may include a thigh gap surgery such as a mommy makeover.

Surgical Options

There are two surgeries most commonly performed to create a thigh gap, a thigh lift or thigh liposuction. The right one for you will depend mainly on your anatomy and the reason why your thighs rub together. Occasionally, the two surgeries are combined.

A thigh lift involves a vertical incision down the inner thigh. The exact length of the incision is determined by the amount of skin that needs to be removed. A thigh lift focuses on skin removal and tightening, but will likely remove some fat as well. This can help create a thigh gap in patients whose primary issue is extra or saggy skin.

Thigh liposuction is a less invasive procedure that removes fat only. This is generally ideal for patients who disproportionately carry weight in their thighs. For a good result, the skin must retract over the new contours. Though, there are some non-surgical skin tightening options. 

Finally, some patients may see the best results from a combination of a thigh lift and liposuction. This removes extra skin and fat in larger amounts than either surgery on their own. For patients who have a combination of extra skin and stubborn fat, thigh gap surgery may consist of both a thigh lift and liposuction.

Benefits & Risks

Surgery for a thigh gap comes with benefits and risks like any other surgical procedure. At your consultation, Dr. Sessa will help you weigh the benefits and risks as they pertain to you. Some of the possible advantages and benefits include:

  • Creation of a thigh gap
  • Slimmer thighs
  • Removal of extra skin
  • Reduction in thigh fat
  • Improved leg contours and transition from thigh to knee to calf
  • May help accentuate buttocks or tummy
  • Combinable with other procedures such as tummy tuck or BBL
  • Customized to fit your needs and anatomy
  • Small incisions hidden in inner thigh
  • Recovery generally quick
  • Low risk
  • Effective procedure
  • Short surgical session
  • Performed by an experienced Sarasota cosmetic surgeon

The risks of thigh gap surgery are similar to other elective surgical procedures. For most healthy patients, the risks are fairly low. However, some patients may have elevated risks. This does not automatically disqualify you from candidacy, but you and Dr. Sessa will need to carefully consider the benefits and risks to determine if the risks are outweighed by the benefits. The risks of a thigh gap surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • May not work for everyone
  • Skin laxity
  • Skin necrosis
  • Seroma
  • Prolonged or severe side effects

Major complications are rare. Additionally, many of the risks are preventable or treatable in the rare case they do occur. Other risks may be present for patients based on their medical history.

Thigh Lift vs. Liposuction

Knowing whether a thigh lift or liposuction is the best route for your thigh gap surgery is something Dr. Sessa will help you determine during an initial consultation. However, understanding the nuances between the two surgeries can help you come into your consultation well informed. The table below details several of the differences between the two procedures.

Thigh LiftThigh Liposuction
  • Focuses on removing skin
  • Larger incisions
  • May or may not necessitate wearing a compression garment
  • Tightens the skin on your thighs
  • Can help reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Reduces and treats saggy skin
  • Typically provides more dramatic results
  • Focuses on removing fat cells
  • Small, hidden incisions
  • Wearing a compression garment is necessary
  • Relies on the skin to retract itself
  • Unlikely to affect the appearance of cellulite
  • Can help provide a toned look
  • Results are more subtle, but still noticeable

As previously discussed, Dr. Sessa can combine the two procedures if necessary. They also do have many similarities such as they both help slim the thighs, can create a thigh gap, and often have overlapping surgical candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Don’t I Have A Thigh Gap If I’m Thin?

Genetics, aging, lifestyle, and medical conditions may all contribute to carrying excess fat in the thighs. It is entirely possible to have an overall slim figure, but still have thighs that touch. While common after weight loss, someone may simply be genetically predisposed to this appearance. Also, your bone structure contributes to if you have a thigh gap or not. If you have narrow hips, your thighs are closer together and more likely to touch, no matter how thin you are.

This is where thigh gap surgery may help provide the appearance they want. It should be noted that it is possible for your thighs to simply be too close together. Therefore, based on your bone structure, creating a thigh gap surgically is not always recommended. While not overly common, patients should keep it in mind when attending their consultation. 

However, if you have hips of a normal or wide width and you just carry extra fat in the area or have seen the accumulation of extra skin because of weight loss, a thigh gap is often possible to create with surgery.

Will I Have Scars?

All surgical procedures leave scars. However, the exact size and location depend on the thigh gap surgery you undergo. Thigh liposuction requires only tiny incisions that are generally hidden in the crease between the thigh and pubic area. A thigh lift will include a vertical scar that could potentially be visible in a bikini. While on the inside of the thighs, it is not quite as hidden as the incisions associated with thigh liposuction.

Who Will See The Best Results From Thigh Gap Surgery?

The ideal patient for thigh lift surgery will be someone who fits criteria such as:

  • Good general health
  • Anatomy that is conducive with a good result
  • Within twenty to thirty pounds of their ideal weight
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Do not smoke
  • Have good skin elasticity (liposuction)
  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly
  • No major, unmanaged medical conditions
  • Are fully informed and able to make an informed decision

Are There Different Types Of Thigh Lifts?

Yes, there are a few different types of thigh lift surgeries. These include an outer thigh lift, inner thigh lift, and spiral thigh lift. However, when it comes to creating a thigh gap, an inner thigh lift is the procedure your Sarasota cosmetic surgeon will most likely perform. If you have concerns about other parts of your thighs, it may be possible to combine thigh gap surgery with another thigh procedure.

How Much Is Thigh Gap Surgery In Sarasota?

The exact cost of Sarasota thigh gap surgery will depend on what it consists of. For example, thigh liposuction and a thigh lift start at two different price points. To find our full suite of pricing, visit our price list. You can also add all the procedures you are interested in using the Price Simulator.

Sarasota Surgical Arts does work with outside financing companies including Care Credit. You can find more information on our price list and the Care Credit website.

The Best Surgery To Get A Thigh Gap At Sarasota Surgical Arts

Dr. Alberico Sessa is an accomplished cosmetic surgeon with over two decades of cosmetic surgery experience. He specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, body, and extremities. Having served thousands of patients, he is considered one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Florida. When considering a thigh gap surgery Dr. Sessa has performed many thigh surgeries including thigh lifts and liposuction. He also specializes in combining thigh gap surgery with other cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks or a mommy makover. Dr. Sessa offers the best thigh gap surgery Sarasota provides.

Sarasota Surgical Arts is located steps away from Siesta Key Beach and easily accessible from Routes 72, 41, and I-75. Providing top of the line cosmetic services including surgery, injections, and skincare, Sarasota Surgical Arts offers a welcoming environment with knowledgeable staff, and some of the top cosmetic professionals in Florida.

To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sessa, call us at 941-923-1736. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and a contact form.