Loose, large or poorly shaped thighs are often sources of distress to patients. Most of my patients with these issues are massive weight loss patients, but not all – the problem can be inherited.
The thigh is a conical cylinder in shape, and has defined ends – the groin and the knee.
The purpose of the surgery is to create a smooth and even shape, by removing the excess fat and skin, where diet and exercise can’t achieve this.
Treatment will depend on the quality of the skin. If it is firm, liposuction can be used to remove the excess fat, making a slimmer and better-shaped thigh. These are pure liposuction procedures.
Where the skin is loose, it must be removed to achieve a good result and this leaves a scar.
In most cases, the scar will be placed along the inner thigh, vertically – from groin to inner knee. Horizontal incisions in the upper inner groin area are used, and sometimes a transverse incision across the knees is discussed.
What can I expect to achieve from a thigh lift?
The thigh lift is a far more major operation than the arm lift. More tissue is removed, the surgery takes longer, and recovery is slower. The biggest issue with thigh lift is that the thigh skin quality is often poor, and thigh lift offers some improvement, but it is limited. People who have thigh lifts rarely achieve excellent looking elastic thigh skin, but loose and hanging skin is effectively reduced. If you are considering a thigh lift, it’s important to be realistic about what is achievable, and we will discuss that in detail during our consultation.
Patients having a thigh lift might be one or two nights in hospital. Recovery takes time. I use compression garments in thigh lifting, and you’ll wear these for about a month after surgery.
Scar revision is quite common in thigh lift surgery in order to get the best possible scar. The inner upper thigh area is not a body area that heals especially well or quickly.