Thigh Surgery

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that tightens and smooths loose skin around the thighs and buttocks and deposition of fatty tissue by liposuction.
Thigh lifts are sometimes referred to as thighplasty or leg lifts. Typically, a thigh lift is performed in combination with a tummy tuck and buttock lift, a technique commonly referred to as a lower body lift. Proceedings of the combinations may also include liposuction.Reasons for choosing a thigh lift:
Thigh lifts are most common in women. You are a good candidate for a thigh lift procedure if you have any one of these issues:

  • You loose saggy skin on your inner and / or outer thighs.
  • You have excess skin due to significant weight loss.
  • Have a large amount of fat in your thighs.

To get a rough idea of what your thighs will look like the following method, stand in front of a mirror and pinch and lift the skin of your inner thighs toward your groin area.

What to expect:
Depending on the extent of loose skin and fat removed, the procedure usually takes 2-4 hours to complete. Procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, and could possibly return home after effects of anesthesia is worn off.

There are two types of thigh lift, lift the inner thigh and outer thigh lift. The most popular of the two is the inner thigh lift, where the incision is made on the inner thighs from the groin crease. The excess fat is removed by liposuction and excess skin is cut away. The remaining skin is then closed with sutures and rewrapped. Dissolvable sutures are commonly used for the procedure.The only difference in the outer thigh lift is the location of the incisions, which are from the fold of the groin around the hip.

The length of the incisions depends on exactly where the excess skin and fat tissues are located, and how much is removed. Incisions can be limited to the upper thighs only or may extend the knee to lower thigh area is considered as well. Incisions are usually hidden in the fold of the groin and not noticeable.

You surgeon may need to insert drain tubes into the incisions to consume the excess fluids that gather under the skin. These are removed after a few days.
You will be bruised and swollen for a few days after surgery. Your surgeon will recommend pain killers to help with deficiency. The wounds made from the incisions will be reviewed and the supporting tape will be removed within seven days.

You may be asked to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and to help with the tightening and shrinking of the skin.  Scars will remain firm and pink for at least six weeks. With the proper treatment scar healing, scars will begin to fade after about six months.

Many people will come back within a week, largely depending on the extent of surgery performed and the level of activity involved.

Before and after surgery:
There are several things you can do leading up to any kind of surgery to improve the experience. There are also a number of things you can do the following any surgical procedure.
Recovery from a thigh lift procedure can take at least a week and sometimes longer.

Fast Facts:
Depending on the size of loose skin and fat removed, the procedure usually takes 2-4 hours to complete.
There are two types of thigh lift, lift the inner thigh and outer thigh lift.
The only difference in the outer thigh lift is the location of the incisions.