Is It Possible To Correct a Small Area After a Thigh Lift Or Do I Have To Undergo Another Full Lift?

i have had a thigh lift to remove excess skin and i am mostly happy except there is some skin on the inner part of my left thigh that is loose. i might not have noticed this except for the fact that it pulls and is very irritating when i walk, run and even stand. i thought that this irritating feeling would eventually pass with healing but after 2 years it is not getting better. is it possible to only remove a small portion of skin on one leg or would i have to undergo another full lift?

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Thigh Lift Surgery Revision

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It's not unusual for patients who undergo medial thigh lift surgery to have areas of residual skin laxity. When this situation arises, they occasionally request revisional surgery. Under these circumstances, it's important to tailor revisional surgery to address the patient's specific anatomic deformity. In the majority of cases, this usually involves a minor skin resection. Rarely, when these deformities are severe, major procedures are indicated, but this situation is unusual.

If you're concerned about residual excess skin following thigh lift 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 deformity and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Minor revision of skin after thigh lift surgery

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If there is a small area of excess skin after thigh lift surgery, then it may very well be possible to remove that area of skin using local anesthesia alone. If the appearance of the rest of that thigh and the opposite thigh looks good, then you do not have to undergo the full operation again. Only do what needs to be done.


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Dear Alasandry:

Thigh revisions are not uncommon.  I do not think you have to undergo a full thigh lift for a revision.  Typically only the area that concerns you needs to be revised.  This may require a little liposuction and resection of excess skin. 

Congratulations on your weight loss. 

Thank you,


J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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I cannot give you a recommendation without direct examination.  Depending on how much excess skin you have, you may need a small skin excision vs. a larger, more formal thigh lift.  Please consult your plastic surgeon for evaluation.

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