Thigh Lift

A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat and lifting and tightening the loose skin in the area, resulting in better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. Both men and women who have saggy, flabby and/or dimpled loose tissue and skin on their thighs as a result of large amount of weight loss or previous liposuction procedures may be candidates for thigh lift.

Anesthetic

General or twilight anesthetic

Technique

There are several types of thigh lift, each of which differs according to incision pattern.

Inner Thigh Lift

An inner thigh lift involves incisions in the groin area. This is the most popular type of thigh lift because the scar can be hidden beneath underwear or a bathing suit. The thigh skin and tissue is tightened and skin will be reduced resulting in more defined body contours.

Medial Thigh Lift

This procedure addresses the skin and fat on the upper part of the inner thigh. In this procedure, an incision is made in the groin that goes to the back of the crease of the buttock. Skin is then lifted and excess skin is removed to improve the contours of the legs.

Bilateral Thigh Lift

The bilateral thigh lift targets the skin and fat on the front and outside of the leg. The incision is usually made at the top of the leg where the lower edge or line of a bathing suit or underwear would be. To tighten the skin along both the right and left side of the leg, a certain amount of skin is then removed and pulled up.

Length of operation

2 – 3 hours

Time off Work

7 – 10 days

Postoperative discomfort/limitations

You will feel some discomfort and tightness for the first 48 to 72 hours after surgery, but you should begin to feel normal after day three. Prescription painkillers can help relieve this pain. You will be fitted with a compression garment to protect the incisions and promote shrinking and tightening of the skin after your surgery. You should wear gauze pads over the groin incisions so that they remain dry. Drainage tubes are inserted to reduce swelling and get rid of excess fluid or blood that may collect. These tubes can be safely removed when the output of drainage fluid is low.