What type of thigh lift incisions are there?
Your incisions will vary based on the type of thigh lift you get.
Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift
Your surgeon makes an incision in the groin area for an inner thigh lift. For patients requiring more substantial removal of excess skin, your surgeon may also make a longitudinal incision along your inner thigh.
Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift
An outer thigh lift is a more complex procedure, which usually includes re-contouring the buttocks and outer thighs and removing more tissue. Your surgeon makes an incision just below your butt at the crease. Depending on the requirements of your outer thigh lift, the incisions may extend from the groin, around the hip, and you may also have a buttock fold incision. Your surgeon will attempt to place the incisions where the scars can be hidden by clothing, but the incisions will be more extensive than for an inner thigh lift.
What scars will I have after my thigh lift?
With an outer thigh lift, scarring is more extensive, and your skin will be less elastic after the surgery. Your surgeon will make every effort to make incisions and scars as small and inconspicuous as possible. Board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons can skillfully hide incisions in body creases whenever possible. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases, they will fade and significantly improve over time.
Your incision healing will depend on the surgical technique, the steps you take to prevent infection (nutrition, not smoking, hydrating), and any underlying medical conditions or genetic tendencies.