How is a thigh lift performed?
A thigh lift is typically an outpatient procedure. Below are the general steps; however, you should speak with your aesthetic plastic surgeon about what may be unique to you.
- Your surgeon marks your thigh area to indicate the location of the incisions and injects a local anesthetic.
- Your surgeon makes an incision in the groin or buttocks area and removes any excess fat and skin along the inner or outer thigh. The incision location will depend on the type of thigh lift you and your surgeon decide on.
- The surgeon may or may not use liposuction to remove excess fat, depending on your individual requirements.
- Your surgeon recontours the thigh area and closes the incisions.
- Then your surgeon repeats the procedure on the other thigh.
What are my thigh lift options?
There are a few different thigh lift techniques that address different areas of your thighs. The type of thigh lift you receive will depend on the amount and location of excess skin and fat and your desired results. Consult with your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon to determine the best option for you.
Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift
A medial (inner) thigh lift is a less complex than a lateral (outer) thigh lift. This procedure focuses on the inner thighs. Your surgeon makes an incision in the groin area and recontours the area from your groin to your knee.
Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift
A lateral (outer) thigh lift is a more complex procedure, which usually includes re-contouring the buttocks and outer thighs and removing more tissue. This procedure focuses on the outer thighs. Your surgeon makes an incision just below your butt at the crease and recontours the area from your buttocks to your knee. With an outer thigh lift, scarring is more extensive, and your skin will be less elastic after the surgery. It’s important you maintain your weight to achieve longer-lasting results.