Thigh Lift (Reduction)

Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift (Reduction) surgery removes excess skin and fat from the inside and front of the upper thigh to produce a firmer, more youthful contour.

About Thigh Reduction

Weight loss, excessive sun damage or simply growing older, can cause the skin on the inner part of the thighs to become loose and even wrinkled. Unfortunately, no amount of skin treatment can improve this problem.

Thigh lift surgery is an excellent way to achieve firmer, smoother and more attractive looking upper thighs. This surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, from the upper and inner thighs resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

The Thigh Lift Consultation

The consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to communicate your feelings about what you want to achieve. It is vital to highlight to your surgeon exactly what you find most objectionable about the appearance and to try to define what you would like to see as an end result. The purpose is to bring focus and clarity to the concerns that you have regarding your appearance, but also to establish a realistic expectations and a clear sense of direction for your change. During the consultation you will be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcomes
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status; ask about any previous surgery, and any pre-existing health conditions or risks factors
  • Take photographs for your medical records
  • Discuss your goals and explain what results you can reasonably expect.
  • Discuss any risks or potential complications and what to expect during your recovery.
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your surgery

What to expect from your thigh reduction

Inner Thigh Lift

In thigh reduction or lift surgery, incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction desired and the patient and surgeon preference. In one technique, the incision for the thigh lift begins in the groin, runs across the inside of the thigh, and then extends downward wrapping around the back of the thigh and under the cease of the buttocks. The underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened, and the skin reduced and re-draped resulting in a 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 the technique is appropriate based on your physical condition and the desired correction. In cases where there is significant excess loose skin on the inner portion of the thigh going almost to the level of the knee, additional surgery will be required to contour the area properly. This results a vertical scar on the inside of the thigh.

Outer Thigh Lift

Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions, your plastic surgeon will tighten the tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, the incision may be extensive. An incision is made in the groin crease or the groin crease, and inner thigh, the upper part of the skin is undermined, and the excess skin is trimmed. Suspension sutures are then used to attach the skin to the groin area, and the wounds are closed either with or without drains. The incisions are covered with dressings, and a compression garment may be used.

Thigh reduction is usually done under general anaesthesia. It may be performed as a day case or you may spend a night in hospital after your procedure

Further Reading:

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

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