Thigh lift is a common plastic surgery operation for the removal of loose skin after massive weight loss following successful bariatric surgery. It may also form part of a body lift – a more complex plastic surgery procedure which combines tummy tuck, thigh, and buttock lift. Thigh lifts may combine surgical excision with lipoplasty.
In addition to the benefits of thigh lift surgery, make sure you understand its limitations.
Thigh lift is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. The thigh lift procedure lasts 1-3 hours. Before the operation, the surgeon plans the operation by marking where the skin-incisions are to be made for optimum body contouring effect. During the thigh lift procedure itself, an incision is made in the groin crease at the junction of the thigh and groin to access the excess tissue and skin. Closure of the skin is important to the success of the operation in order to forestall scar migration downwards and distortion of the vulva.
During an outer thigh and thigh lift the surgical incision is made from hip to hip across the top of the buttocks. The scars for both thigh lift and thigh lift are covered by normal underwear or bathing suit.