The Thigh Lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce sagging in the inner or outer thighs. The procedure is commonly performed on patients with massive weight loss, but it is also performed on people who have not experienced weight loss.
A thigh lift is done to remove excess skin from the thigh and buttock area. This sagging of skin is usually caused by weight loss or ageing. After patients have lost a lot of weight, having this surgery performed is like the “icing on the cake”.
Also known as “thighplasty”, a thigh lift is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the thighs by removing excess skin and fat. The result is a slimmer and more toned appearance. Thigh lifts are performed to reduce sagging and tighten the skin around both the inner and outer thighs. These procedures are often combined with buttock augmentation or liposuction to improve the overall appearance of this part of the body.
Is Thighplasty Right For You?
Those who have sagging, loose skin around their thighs are ideal candidates for the thigh lift procedure. Also those with concentrated fat deposits that do not seem to respond to diet or exercise. The people most likely to have this procedure done are those who have lost a significant amount of weight or have experienced a noticeable decrease in skin elasticity resulting from aging. If you are able to pinch folds of excess skin on your thigh, this procedure may be right for you.
Good candidates are adults in good overall health who are at or near their ideal weight. While a thigh lift can remove several pounds of excess skin and fat, it should not be considered a weight loss procedure.
Thigh Lift – Advantages
- Tighter, more attractive thigh and buttock skin.
- Improved contours.
- Decreased irregularities in skin surface.
- The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by the surgeon.
- A surgeon will show you what procedures are available to solve your particular problem. Wide variations in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible.
- Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease.
- Breast augmentation with liftLateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures if desired.
- Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back.
- The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars.
Complications & Risks
The possible risks include reactions to the anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and fluid accumulation. These risks are incurred with all types of plastic surgery procedures that requires incisions. Additional risks include skin discoloration, reduction in skin sensitivity, and asymmetrical or bumpy aesthetic results. Scarring is also possible as well, although the incisions are intentionally made in a natural skin crease to reduce the potential for visible scarring
During the recovery period, the thighs will feel sore and tender. Muscle soreness and a feeling of skin tightness are to be expected, along with swelling, bruising, and redness. These side effects will keep you off your feet for at least a few days, so you may want to arrange to have someone stay with you as you recover. Many thigh lift recovery patients report that sitting and bending are uncomfortable as well. During this time, it is important to avoid placing stress on the thighs and to wear a compression garment which will support the thighs as they heal. Most patients return to work in one to two weeks.