The next step to completing the Lower Body Lift
transformation is a medial or an inner thigh lift. This type of procedure
tightens the skin around the inner thigh reducing "sagging" or "flab" and also
re-contours the shape of the thigh. Most of the time, just removing the
excess skin is not completely enough, so
liposuction is used to remove the
excess fat deposits in the upper thigh area.
The surgeon makes an incision in the groin area,
in which the skin and any remaining fat and tissue are surgically removed. The area from the groin to the top of the knee is reshaped and contoured/ with
A thigh lift can be performed either under twilight sedation
anesthesia. An inner thigh lift procedure takes
approximately two hours. A straight thigh lift is not intended for the
removal of any fat deposits, if this is necessary then liposuction will
be added to the procedure to remove the fatty tissue and followed by surgically
removing the excess skin. It is common after this procedure to have some
bruising and swelling, which should subside after a month or so. You might
have residual mild swelling for a couple of months after the procedure.
Getting back to your
exercise routine and normal activities
happens around six weeks post operative.
There are a couple of
approaches that can be used when lifting the thigh. Depending on the
patient's anatomy and where the excess skin and fat are located either a inner
groin incision will be made or a combined inner and outer groin incision. This procedure is combined frequently with a buttock or gluteal lift to
re-contour and shape the lower body appearance.
Patients with more
severe thigh contour problems will need an incision that extends from the groin
area along the inside of the thigh - down to the knee.
Drains may be placed
during surgery to help with any fluid accumulation or the possibility of a seroma
forming. Because of the
friction with walking and other activities and also the moisture that can occur
all can contribute to the healing in the inner thigh. With this procedure,
it is not uncommon for sutures to sometimes separate and have to be redone.
There are many
different versions of the thigh lift - including, inner thigh,
circumferential. These surgical procedures can be combined with a
buttock lift with or without augmentation. Scars can be circular, or vertical as
everything is dependent on the extent of the excess and sagging tissue that a
patient might have.
No matter which type of thigh lift you are considering, you must be
able to weigh the
benefits against the possible costs and risks, such as scarring and the
risks of anesthesia.
Choosing a surgeon you trust and knowing what to expect from
a thigh left can be critical to ensuring the procedure goes
A medial thigh lift reduces
excess skin and fat from the upper portion of the inner thigh. It is designed
for patients who are dissatisfied with the shape of their legs or wish to remove
excess skin from weight loss.
In a medial thigh lift (inner thigh lift),
the surgical incision is made in the inner thigh along the line where the leg
meets the groin. The inner thighs are a common site for skin laxity. Depending on the person need, a crescent of tissue is removed, and
the resulting skin is drawn together for a slimmer, tighter appearance. This procedure targets the inner thigh to help people who have trouble losing
excess fat from this area. Surgical time to perform a inner thigh lift is
approximately two hours.
This thigh lift involves longer incisions
from the knee to the groin area on the insides of the thighs. A triangle
of tissue is removed from each thigh, reducing excess skin in two dimensions to
create a firmer and more pleasing contour.
This procedure tightens
the skin on the front and outside of the upper leg. A bilateral thigh left
tightens the skin on both the right side and left side of the leg, and is
especially helpful for those who have excess skin from extreme weight loss. The
scar is typically located where your palms are when you grab your hips with your
elbows pointing outward. It tightens the skin on the outside of your thighs.
Due to the location
and the degree of tension that is applied with a thigh lift procedure and the
incision line, a certain degree of scar fullness or thickness may result
as well as numbness, itching, and swelling.
A patient with phlebitis
in either leg, which is are blood vessels that become inflamed. This
pre-existing condition rules a patient out on this procedure.
A thigh lift is not an alternative to weight
loss. Most surgeons like their patients to be within 15 percent of their
ideal body weight before undergoing this procedure.
Patients need to be at their desired weight and
maintained for at least 6 months before having a thigh lift. Having this
surgery before a patient is down to their ideal weight might end up with loose
and lax skin in the thighs - possibly meaning a revision lift.
Patients who have had healing problems with
delayed wound healing before and if they are susceptible to hypertrophic or
keloid scarring. A thigh lift can leave a patient with visible and raised
Surgical drains will be probably be
used to help reduce the chance of a
seroma forming. These will be
taken out within a week to ten days.
It is not unusual
for the first few days following surgery to have drainage from the
liposuction was performed, fluid will be injected into the
surgical area (thighs) to decrease the blood loss and to help with the
extraction of fat deposits. Most of the drainage will be this fluid.
staples or possibly fibrin
tissue glue will
be used to close the incisions. If sutures or staples are used, these
will be removed within a week to ten days.
compression garment will be worn for a
period of time after the procedure. This is to provide support and
help with re-contouring the skin, especially if liposuction
such as walking helps with the healing process and also reduces the chances
blood clot forming. No strenuous exercises should be
attempted for at least six weeks post operative. Your own surgeon will
tell you when it is safe to get back to your normal routine.
should be contacted if there is any chance of infection
bleeding after surgery.
The scars from a thigh lift will continue to
change for up to 18 months, however; they usually fade and can be easily