A thigh lift does two things: reduces excess skin and reshapes fat on the thigh for smoother skin and contours. The result is a more toned and proportionate appearance of the thighs and lower body.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Weight fluctuations, growing older or heredity can cause thighs to droop and sag. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone, but if the skin has lost elasticity, the underlying tissues are weak or there are localized fat deposits, you are a good candidate for a thigh lift.
In addition, a good candidate for a thigh lift is an adult in good general physical condition whose weight is relatively stable and who is not significantly overweight. There should be no medical conditions that can impair healing or increase surgical risks. The ideal candidate will also have realistic goals for improvement.
What to Expect
Based on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, your plastic surgeon will determine the incision length and pattern. One common technique places incisions in the groin, extending down and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Sometimes the incision may be limited to the groin area (medial thigh lift). Improving contours of the outer thigh may require an incision that begins in the groin and extends around the hip. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss which incision option is best for you.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon will shape and tighten the underlying tissues. Skin will be reduced and redraped for a smoother body contour. Deep support sutures will be placed within the underlying tissues to help form the new shape.
The incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or sutures that are removed one to two weeks later. While the contouring is visible in part almost immediately, your new shape and skin quality will be apparent once the swelling and bruising subside.
Initially after surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks after your surgery to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal. One or more small, thin tubes (drains) may be temporarily placed under the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.
You will be given specific instructions after plastic surgery, including:
- How to care for the surgical site
- Medications to apply or take orally
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with your surgeon
For more information about this cosmetic procedure, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Find a Doctor
To locate a board-certified cosmetic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, search the online physician database or call 678-312-5000.