Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat in cases where the patient’s skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. But, in cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction may be recommended.
What benefits can a thigh lift give me?
- Improved thigh contour
- Better ability to find clothing that fits
- Decreased circumference of the thighs
What can I expect during a thigh lift?
Thigh lift surgery is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Incision patterns for the procedure vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference. Two of the most common thigh lift techniques are:
Inner thigh lift (horizontal) incisions: One technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision along the inseam.
You may also qualify for a minimal incision inner thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area.
Vertical thigh lift incision: Improving the contours of the thigh may require a vertical incision extending from the groin on the inner thigh that extends down to the inner knee area to fully address skin laxity and achieve the desired post-operative result.
Whatever incisions are used, it is often possible for incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive.
Once the excess skin is removed, sutures deep within the tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesive tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.
What can I expect during recovery from a thigh lift?
During your recovery from thigh lift surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions. Small drainage tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions about how to care for the surgical site(s), medications to apply or take orally during recovery, what concerns to look for and when to follow up with your surgeon.
It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Is a thigh lift right for me?
To determine whether or not a thigh light is the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During your visit, your doctor will speak with you about the goals you have for your appearance. In addition to deciding on your treatment plan, your doctor will also ask you about your medical history. Bring a list of medications, supplements and vitamins you take, and have a list prepared of the questions or concerns you may have, as being open with our specialists is key to a safe and successful surgery.