Does the lower body lift also include the inner thigh area?

Does the lower body lift also include the inner thigh area?

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Medial Thigh Skin Sag

It's not unusual for massive weight loss patients to develop loose skin. Redundant saggy skin can affect the abdomen, back, arms, inner thigh and outer thigh. When this situation arises, a multitude of surgical procedures are available to treat this loose skin.

The lower body lift can remove excess back and abdominal skin. It simultaneously lifts the buttocks and lateral thighs. It's associated with excellent clinical results and high levels of patient satisfaction. Unfortunately, this procedure would have very little impact upon the medial thighs.

Correction of this problem would most likely require a medial thigh lift. Several medial thigh lift options are available to treat this problem. The choice will depend upon the patient's anatomic findings and aesthetic goals.

If you're concerned about massive weight loss surgery, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Does the lower body lift also include the inner thigh area?

A lower body lift includes an abdominoplasty, a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift.  It does not include a procedure of the inner thigh.  Generally, two procedures exist to correct loose skin of the inner thighs.  The more hidden upper medial thigh lift leaves a crescent scar within the groin and  inner thigh/buttock crease.  This operation is best performed when the skin laxity is limited to the upper third of inner thigh.  The more extensive vertical medial thigh lift is far better for the correction of skin laxity involving the entire inner thigh from groin to knee.  These inner thigh lift operations often are performed after patients have recovered from lower body lift surgery.  Their corrections are built on the foundations established by abdominoplasty, lateral thigh lift, and buttock lift.

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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A lower body lift usually comprises of a tummy tuck, a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift.  All three procedures are done using one circumferentialincision around the lower abdomen or “belt” area.  The incision allows excess sagging skin to be removed from the lateral thighs and buttocks but it does not provide access to the skin in the medial thighs.  So, because a separate incision is needed the inner thigh lift is not usually included in a body lift and is considered a separate procedure.  If you are healthy and a low risk for anesthesia a body lift and a medial thigh lift can be done during the same operative session.  Be sure to research only board certified plastic surgeons and schedule a consultation for a thorough exam to make sure you are a good candidate for a lower body lift and inner thigh lift.

Be well and good luck!


Morgan E. Norris, III, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Generally medial thigh is separate from the body lift

Body lift means different things to different people.  I think of body lift being the same as a circumferential abdominoplasty where the scar goes all the way around the lower trunk.  The areas that benefit the most are the abdomen, LATERAL thighs, droopy buttocks and back/ side rolls.  Because of the way our skin is tethered to our muscles and bones there is little tightening of the medial thigh with a body lift alone.  A procedure to tighten the medial thigh is performed at a different stage, usually several months after a body lift.

Rodger Shortt, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lift

This term has no universally accepted definition. Typically, it is a tummy tuck with the incision extended around to the back to tighten the flanks and buttock areas. It does not include an inner thigh lift, which would add additional incisions and skin removal along the inner thigh.

Thanks and best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lifting

Thank you for your question.

Lower Body Lift can mean different things to different people but generally, it includes the tummy, back, buttocks and lateral thighs.  Normally, the medial thighs would be a different procedure.  These are large procedures with long recovery periods and so discuss with your surgeon as to the best way to proceed for your specific case.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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What does a lower body lift include?

Most plastic surgeons refer to a lower body lift as a circumferential body lift = belt lipectomy.  This procedure is essentially 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck + waist/lateral thigh lift + buttock lift (with the option of buttock augmentation).

For your inner thighs, you will likely need a separate medial thigh lift procedure.

Please visit with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to learn more about your options.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Does the lower body lift also include the inner thigh area?

A lower body lift is surgery on the lower torso.  The incision is made along the lower abdomen extending all the way around the back.  With an inner thigh lift, the incision is made in the bilateral groin crease.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lift

Lower body lift may mean many things

The inner thigh lift can be incorporated with a circumferential lift.

A buttock lift with or without augmentation can be incorporated.

Body contouring surgery has to be tailored to the needs of the individual and their anatomy and desired look.

Each area has to be addressed with the plastic surgeon, and an agreement has to be reached as to what can be done in one cession and which areas has to be done in a second surgery. Understand where the scars are to be located and the complications of each surgery. the recovery, cost, and cost of any revisional surgery.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lift question

No.  A inner thigh lift is needed for inner thigh lifting.Good luck and please see a board certified plastic surgeon.

Gregory T. Lynam, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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