Is Thigh Lift Right for You?
Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, is a surgery that reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat in the thigh and knee area. Thigh lift surgery can result in better-proportioned contours and smoother-looking skin on the thighs, around the knees, and lower legs. Liposuction can be combined with a thigh lift to remove excess fat deposits. You may be considering thigh lift surgery if:
- You are self-conscious about the appearance of your thighs
- You have sagging skin on your thighs and knees
- You have lost weight and have excess skin on your thighs
- You have fat deposits in your thighs
- You have excess skin post-bariatric surgery
- You have cellulite
During the Consultation
After discussing your surgical goals, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your general health, pre-existing health conditions, and risk factors. Following, your surgeon will measure your body, take photographs for your medical records, and discuss your options. He or she will recommend a course of treatment and discuss the likely outcomes of the procedure. Your surgeon will educate you about any risks or potential complications associated with thigh lift surgery.
Types of Thigh Lifts
Depending on the problematic area of loose skin, the surgeon will decide which thigh lift technique will be most suitable for each patient’s unique case. The following are three of the most common approaches to thigh lift surgery:
Bilateral Thigh Lift – This approach is most often used for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Bilateral thigh lift focuses on the outer and front areas of the thighs. This method effectively contours the outer thigh and tightens the skin along both sides of the legs. The incision is created at the top of the leg, at the lower edge of the bikini line. The excess skin is removed before the remaining skin is lifted and attached to the same area.
Medial Thigh Lift – A medial thigh lift focuses on the upper area of the thigh rather than the inner thighs. This approach reduces the excess skin between the hip and groin area. The surgeon will make an incision alongside the pelvic area to the crease of the buttock. The excess skin, and possibly fat, will then be removed and the remaining skin will be tightened, and the incision will be closed with sutures. In some cases, only a minimal incision in the groin area may be necessary, this approach is commonly referred to as “mini thigh lift”.
Inner Thigh Lift – An inner thigh lift specifically targets the inner thigh. An inner thigh lift is effective in eliminating excess skin and fat from the inner thighs. During this procedure, the surgeon will create an incision at the intersection of the pubic area and thigh. Just as the medial and bilateral thigh lift, a wedge of excess skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be lifted and sutured closed.
Understanding the Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery
After weight loss through exercise and diet or bariatric surgery, many people become insecure about their loose, excess skin. Even after reaching your target weight, this insecurity may prevent you from enjoying life after weight loss. Luckily, thigh lift surgery provides the opportunity to:
- Improve self-confidence
- Remove cellulite and dimples on the thighs
- Relieve the discomfort that loose skin can cause (chafing)
- Remove loose sagging skin on the thighs and knees
- Achieve a smooth and more defined appearance of the thighs