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Thigh Lift: “Thighplasty”

Sometimes dieting or exercise are not enough to overcome thigh skin that is permanently overstretched or damaged. Skin that hangs loosely on the thigh and gathers especially on the inner thigh, is often unresponsive to aggressive work-outs. A thighplasty or “thigh lift” is a surgical procedure whereby the contour of the thigh, especially the inner thigh is tightened and lifted to a more smooth and youthful appearance.

  • A thigh lift is used to restore a healthier contour to the thigh.
  • To eliminate excessive gathering skin on the inner thigh.
  • To remove damaged skin resulting from weight loss or age, unresponsive to exercise or diet.

About The Procedure

A thighplasty procedure will usually involve an incision that varies depending on the patient’s needs. If minimal skin excess is present, a limited transverse incision is made at the groin and leg crease of the thigh. If more skin needs to be redraped, the incision will then extend further along the inside of the inner thigh. The surgical plan is made well in advance in discussion with your surgeon and your personal goals.

Recovery

Generally, the procedure length is about 2-3 hours depending of the length of the incision and performed as either an outpatient or inpatient procedure, for patient comfort. The post-operative instructions call for limited activity and rest with a lower body compressive girdle or garment to reduce swelling. Commonly people are back to work in 7 days; more strenuous activity and exercise, usually after 3 -4 weeks. Pain is treated with oral medication. Complications are rare however skin healing and scar care should be reviewed with your surgeon to minimize potential problems after the operation.