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What is a Thigh Lift?

I know what the intended results are but I'd like to know more about how this procedure is actually done

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Thigh lift procedure details


The thigh lift is a procedure designed to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce sagging in the inner or outer thigh. This procedure is sometimes done alone but often done in combination with other procedures such as a body lift.

Thigh lift surgery can be done under 'twilight' anesthesia or general anesthesia. Immediately before surgery, I mark the patient's thighs while she's standing up. The skin is pinched and elevated towards the groin and an estimate is made of how much skin should be removed. I design the surgery so the final scar is hidden in the groin crease. Excess skin and fat are then removed and the remaining thigh skin is elevated and tightened.

The thigh lift is generally a well tolderated procedure, but the recovery time is 2-3 weeks. We suggest strict bed rest for the first 10 days--to avoid all movement to speed up recovery time. The pubic area is shaved the morning of surgery so that the area is smooth and without hair. Stray hairs can infect the incision,s so shaving helps to eliminate this risk. Out of town patients who have the thigh lift must stay a minimum of 2 weeks in town.

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Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh Lift


A thigh lift is a procedure that is performed to lift the thigh in a vertical direction. Some plastic surgeons will also call vertical thighplasty a thigh lift.  However the former procedure is not a true lift. It is best called a thigh reduction in my personal opinion.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh lift to tighten loose skin on inner or outer thighs


I'm assuming you are asking about a medial (inner) thigh lift. An outer thigh lift is usually part of a larger procedure called a lower body lift.

A medial thigh lift can be done as a stand-alone procedure. It usually involves some liposuction, followed by removal of a crescent of skin from the upper inner thigh. The final scar should rest in the upper leg crease where your underwear sit. This type of lift tightens the upper inner thigh, but doesn't do much around the knees. If you need tightening further down the leg, your surgeon may suggest a vertical medial thighplasty, which uses a long straight scar along the inside of the leg from the groin to the inner knee. This type of thigh lift removes a large ellipse of skin and tightens the leg all the way down to the knee.

I do these procedures on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day. I don't use drains. The sutures are beneath the skin and they dissolve.

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Thigh Lift Explained


A thigh lift removes excess skin and tightens the skin and soft tissues of the thighs, most often the upper thighs. This is often performed in conjunction with the Tummy Tuck, also called Abdominoplasty, in massive weight loss patients.. The incision is made in the groin and in some patients vertically down during the thigh lift down  the inner thigh extending toward the knee.

Liposuction: This procedure may be used to assist in the removal of isolated fat areas before or at the time that  excess skin has been removed.                                                     These lifts remove excess skin and tighten the skin and soft tissues near the buttocks and upper thighs. This is often performed in conjunction with the Abdominoplasty. The incision is made below the belt area in the body lift and during the thigh lift; the incisions are placed on the inner thigh extending toward the knee. Liposuction may be used to assist in the removal of isolated fat areas after excess skin has been removed. It may be used alone in areas such as the back rolls, outer thigh, inner thighs, or in conjunction with all of the other contouring procedures to enhance the results

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh lift surgery


A thighplasty (thigh lift) is performed by placing an incision in the inner aspect of the thigh.  This allows the surgeon to lift, remove, and re-contour the thigh skin. 

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What is a thigh lift?


A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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What is a thigh lift


A thigh lift involves removing excess skin of the inner and usually upper area of the thigh.  Often after significant weight loss, patients may have loose skin of their inner thigh area which may extend down toward their knees.  There are two basic types of thigh lifts.  One involves an incision which is located in the groin crease and removes the upper thigh skin primarily, this is referred to as a medial thigh lift.  Another type of lift involves more of a vertical incision which extends down the inner aspect of the thigh from groin to knee area.  This latter type of procedure is better suited for patients who have laxity or looseness in both the horizontal and vertical directions.  Usually a small drain is left in place under the skin at the time of surgery which is removed five days later.  Sometimes, patients may also require liposuction of the thigh area at the same time as the thigh lift.  Most patients will take off about one week from work for this procedure.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine which type of thigh lift is best for you and to determine if you are a candidate for this type of surgery.

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Dr. Bruno

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh lift procedure - thigh lift after weight loss


A medial thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes skin and fat in the middle thigh area, below the groin crease. In practice, a thigh lift recontours the inner thigh and allows for less bulk in the area. It can be performed before or after weight loss.

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Thigh Lift surgery information


The thigh lift procedure refers to a medial thigh lift that removes excess, sagging skin from the inner thigh. This is done by creating an incision that is hidden in the groin area (crescent lift), and sometimes can extend along the inner thigh (vertical lift) depending upon the type of procedure being performed. Excess skin is removed and the skin is pulled upward to create a smooth appearance.

Thigh lifts can be quite complicated, so it’s important to choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has quite a bit of experience performing thigh surgeries. Request a consult and physical exam to determine the best course of action for your unique situation.

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Thigh lift description


Medial thigh lift (Inner thigh) where excess skin with or without fat in the inner thighs can be removed and tightened,

The incision is hidden in the grion crease extending to the lower abdomen and to the posterior buttock crese. The tightening procedure remives the excess skin the repair is important in that it has to be secured to the bone covering so that the scar does not migrate down. Medial thigh lift is common but demands experience.

Lateral thigh lift lifts the lateral thigh when there is excess skin this is done through and extended abdominoplasty incision towards the buttocks. This will tighten the lateral thigh done with or without liposuction

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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