When having a lower body lift, how much of your thighs are actually lifted?

I understand a lower body lift usually addresses the lateral (outside) portion of your thighs, but what about the front of your thighs and behind the knee area - is there a lifting and smoothing of these areas, as well? Thank you so much!

Doctor Answers 6

What improves with a lower body lift.

A lower body lift smooths and tightens the skin of the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.  Most benefit is in the abdomen, lateral thighs and buttocks.  There is benefit in the upper medial thighs and you can get an idea of the likely improvement by pulling up on your lower abdominal crease.  You will note the upper inner thigh skin contour improves.  For skin laxity further down the thigh a separate thigh lift must be done to get the best contour.  Best wishes.

Body lift

The lower body lift is a very powerful contouring procedure. It combines an abdominoplasty procedure along with bilateral hiplasty and buttock lift.  When combined, there is significant improvement in the upper anterior thigh, upper lateral thigh, and upper posterior thigh.  For maximum buttock/posterior thigh impact, performing an auto augmentation of the buttock is important. I would not expect to see much improvement in the medial thigh or around your knees as a medial thighplasty will have maximum impact in these areas.  Good luck

John Renucci, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Body lift - how much lift of the front of the thighs?

Thank you for asking about your lower body lift.

  • Your understanding is correct - the lower body lift tightens the abdomen, outer thighs and buttocks.
  • It will give a little lift to the front of the thighs.
  • Since after major weight loss the entire thigh loosens from groin to knees, a separate thigh lift is usually needed.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

How much of a thigh lift do you get with a lower body lift

Hello and thank you for your question. As you said the lower body lift, especially when done properly, gives a strong outside thigh lift. To a much lesser extent it will help the upper front part of the thigh. In order to improve the area around the knees a medial longitudinal inner thigh lift will be needed. 

Peter Fisher M.D 

Peter Fisher, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lift . . . will it help my thighs?

A lower body lift can be thought of as two separate procedures: (1) an abdominoplasty and (2) a buttock / thigh lift. These two procedures can be performed separately, or together as a lower body lift. As you have mentioned already, the thigh lift refers to the lateral or outer thighs. The inner aspect and front of the thighs are typically not improved following an abdominoplasty or lower body lift. To completely address all that you have identified in the thigh and knee area you may also need to consider a medial thigh lift with or without liposuction. 

Owen Reid, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lifts and Thigh Lifts

You are correct in understanding that the body lift typically addresses the outer thighs, along with the abdomen, hips, and buttocks. Broken into its components, a body lift includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a thigh lift, and a buttock lift - a surgical procedure that can be done in a single operative session or multiple sessions, depending on the specifics of the case.

During a body lift, an incision is placed around the entire lower body. Skin and fat are removed, stomach muscles are tightened, and the incision is closed to tightly contour the body. 

When we talk about the thigh lift, we are typically talking about the outer thigh. However, there is also an inner thigh lift (sometimes called a medial thigh lift) that is sometimes performed as a separate procedure.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific concerns and determine what procedure might be right for you to achieve your goals. Before and after photos of patients who have similar before bodies will help you see how the thighs look before and after surgery.

Best wishes!

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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