Thigh Lift Scar on Knee Area?

Can the Thigh lift scar be put in the knee area?

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Knee Incisions In Massive Weight Loss Patients

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A variety of treatment options are available when patients undergo medial thigh lift surgery. As a general rule, as medial thigh skin sag becomes more severe, the incisions utilized to correct this problem advance further down the leg.

In mild cases, the incisions are confined to the groin crease. When this problem becomes more extensive, skin resection will be necessary in multiple dimensions. This necessitates an extension of the groin incision along the inner thigh towards the knee. In severe cases, this incision may actually extend vertically across the medial knee.

Since knee incisions can be problematic, they're avoided whenever possible. It would be extremely unusual to utilize an isolated knee incision.

It's important to realize that thigh lift surgery needs to be tailored to meet the patient's aesthetic goals and address their anatomic findings. For this reason, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.

A thigh lift can be done with 2 types of scars

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One procedure involves places the scar entirely horizontally within the groin crease from front to back. This is an idea procedure for someone with excess skin in the upper thigh only.

A second procedure places the scar more vertically from the groin crease, along the inside of the thigh, and down to the inside of the knee. This procedure is idea for someone with excess skin in both upper and lower thighs.

It is not possible to do a thigh lift with a scar ONLY around the knee. I hope this helps answer your question.

Sirish Maddali, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon

Scars around the knee are undesireable

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 Generally, knee scars are not great - ask any orthopedic surgeon.  The motion of the area tends to stretch the scars and widen them.  There is no way I can think of where you could do a thigh lift with a knee scar.

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Thigh lifts come in all types of design

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I am not quite sure what you mean by that.

A thigh lift can refer to an inner or outer thigh lift.

Scars can be placed as a crescent along the inner thigh or as a continuation of the tummy tuck for an outer thigh lift.

The inner thighs can also be placed vertically from the groin area down to the knee ending just above or below it.,

The so-called knee lift popularized by Demi Moore can potentially create a visible scar at the top of the knee and is not a popular procedure.

I hope I answered your question.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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