Which Thigh Lift For best result? Groin/buttock incision or vertical incision? (photo)

I went for a thigh lift consult today and the procedure suggested was a groin/buttock incision. I think I need a vertical incision also to deal with the excess skin. I am NOT concerned with scars, I want the best result possible. I am 45 years old, 5'6" and 160 lbs. I was an obese child at 220 lbs and have been carrying around this extra skin for a very long time.

Doctor Answers 3

A Vertical Thigh Lift will likely give you the best outcome


Thank you for the question.  It is always best to see a patient to be able to make a recommendation.  From your images, it does appear that you have significant skin excess that would be optimally improved with a vertical thighplasty.

Perhaps seek the opinion of another PS in your area that has a lot of experience in treating patients that have lost a great deal of weight.  The key is surgical technique / skin tension and meticulous care during the surgery.  

Properly managed with silicone sheeting and sunscreen post-op, the incisions usually heal exceptionally well and are not a concern for patents.  

All the best with your decision.

Scott K. M. Barr, MD, FRCSC


Sudbury Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

What kind of thigh lift?

Hello and thank you for your question . I agree with you. a spiral thigh lift which has been suggested to you is probably not enough .  From what I can see on your photos , You may get away with a vertical alone or in combination with a spiral or oblique type thigh lift.

Peter Fisher M.D 

Peter Fisher, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Which Thigh Lift For best result? Groin/buttock incision or vertical incision?

If you really do not care about scars at all, then I think that a vertical incision always has the potential to remove more skin.

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