Thigh Lift - Thighplasty

Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin from the thigh and buttock areas. This sagging of skin is caused by weight loss or ageing. After having lost a lot of weight, this surgery is like the "icing on the cake".

Who is a Candidate?

If the appearance of your thighs improve dramatically when you lift the loose skin.
If you have loss of skin elasticity in the thigh, hip, or buttock areas.
If your skin is saggy, flabby, has an "orange peel" and/or dimpled appearance.
If you are self-conscious about your lower body appearance.

Intended Results of Thighplasty Surgery

Tighter, more attractive thigh and buttock skin.
Improved contours.
Decreased irregularities in skin surface.

Thighplasty Procedure

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by the surgeon.
Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease.
A surgeon will show you what procedures are available to solve your particular problem. Wide variations in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible.
Lateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures if desired.
The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars.
Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back.

Recovery from Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

The patient is placed in a corset (similar to support girdle) at the end of surgery to reduce swelling and assist in the natural tightening and shrinking of the skin.
Smaller thigh lifts: Initial discomfort is usually easily managed with prescription pain medication.
Larger thigh lifts: One or two nights care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital are usually required. This is for pain injections, intravenous catheters, etc.
Swelling and bruising usually subside in a month. Strenuous activities are possible in 6 weeks and almost all symptoms subside in 4 to 6 months.

What To Expect After Thigh Lift Surgery

Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a "tight" feeling in the thighs.

Resumption of Physical Activities

No work or driving for 2 weeks. No exercise for 4 weeks.

Other Options with Thighplasty Surgery

Additional procedures that may enhance the results are
1. Liposuction & Liposculpture.
2. Breast Enlargement and
3. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).

Before Thigh Lift Surgery Before
After Thigh Lift Surgery After
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