For many individuals, achieving a firmer, more proportionate body can be very difficult to achieve, despite one’s best efforts at fitness and weight loss. This can be particularly true in the thigh area, where excess fat and loose, sagging skin can develop due to age, heredity or significant weight loss.
The thigh lift is a surgical procedure which reduces excess skin and sometimes fat in order to reshape the thighs for a firmer and more youthful looking appearance. The thigh and lower body will have a smoother, more proportionate contour. The thigh lift can help individuals who are bothered by excess soft tissue of the inner or medial thigh and/or the outer thigh.
How a Thigh Lift Is Done
The location and extent of the incision will vary according to the individual patient and the area of the thigh which is being treated. Commonly, incisions are placed so that they begin in the groin and then extend down and around to the back of the thigh. When treating the outer thigh, the incisions may extend to the hip. For patients with less extensive sagging, a minimal incision may be appropriate which is limited to the groin area. Working through the incision, the tissues will be reshaped and tightened, and the excess skin removed and re-draped for a smoother, more toned contour.
When the surgery is complete, the incisions may be covered with a bandage or dressing. Patients will also be fitted with a compression garment or elastic bandage to help support the new contours of the body and minimize swelling.
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Keeping the Patient Comfortable
Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be used for the thigh lift to keep the patient comfortable.
The Immediate After-Effects
Swelling and bruising are common after surgery and may persist for several weeks. A compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks to help support the new body contours and minimize swelling. After surgery, small drainage tubes may be inserted at the incision sites to drain excess fluid or blood and these are usually removed within a few days.
All surgical procedures have potential risks which should be discuss in detail with your Detroit, MI surgeon prior to your thigh lift. The potential risks associated with the thigh lift may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, anesthesia risks, and asymmetry.
The Results to Expect
Results may be seen immediately after the thigh lift but will improve over the next several months as the swelling fades and the final results become visible. Patients will enjoy a smoother, tighter contour to the thighs which will be in better proportion to the rest of their body.
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Thigh Lift FAQs
Is it possible to have a thigh lift to treat just the outer thighs? If so, will this result in a less invasive procedure?
Thigh lift can be surgical or non-surgical by doing Smartlipo procedure.
I’ve always been thin and have always had saggy skin on my thighs. Can I still get a thigh lift? How would this work for me?
A thigh lift could be very beneficial under your circumstances. Please come in for a complimentary consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon to go over all of your options.
Where are the incisions for the thigh lift? Are they noticeable?
Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference.
One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and redraped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours.
You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate.
What is a medial thigh lift? Is it the same thing as a thigh lift?
A Thigh Lift is a procedure which is performed to remove loose and excessive (hanging) skin around your thighs and buttocks (Buttock Lift), thus to tighten them and improve its appearance and texture. Sustained weight loss can lead to presence of excessive skin in the thigh and buttock area. Thigh Lift removes the dimpled appearance of the thigh that results from Cellulite. This is irregular dimpling of the skin, that most often appears on the thighs, hips, and waists of women and men alike is caused by loss of elasticity of skin and bulging of underlying superficial fat pockets.
There are 2 kinds of Thigh Lift procedures – Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift) and Outer Thigh Lift (Lateral Thigh Lift). In Inner Thigh Lift procedure, the incision is made in the inner thigh hidden in the groin crease. In Outer Thigh Lift which also includes a Buttock Lift, the incision is made extending from the groin around the back.
I’ve heard that the scar for the thigh lift can run all the way from the knee to the groin. Is this always the case or are there certain circumstances when this is done?
No, this is not always the case. The scar from a thigh lift depends on how much is being removed.
Can men get thigh lifts? I only see women getting thigh lifts but I hate my legs and would like to improve them.
Men can certainly undergo a thigh lift procedure. Thigh lifts are more popular among females because they tend to accumulate fat around their thighs more so than men.