Excess skin between the thighs can be both a cosmetic and comfort concern. A thigh lift removes this excess skin so that the thighs do not rub together, making movement more comfortable and creating a more aesthetically contoured leg.
Candidates for a Thigh Lift
Both men and women experience satisfying results after undergoing medial or upper thigh lift procedures. The ideal candidate will have more excess skin than fat around the upper thigh, though some fat may be removed during the procedure as well. This procedure works especially well for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want to complete their transformation by removing remaining skin. You may also be a candidate if you are:
- People whose weight is relatively stable
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
- Patients who are still losing weight, or plan on continuing to lose weight should hold off on this procedure until weight goal is reached.
Techniques and Scaring
There are several approaches to a thigh lift surgery, and we will tailor your procedure to your individual needs. There are three (3) kinds of thigh lifts done at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery.
Some patients may benefit from a “Spiral Lift”, a procedure developed at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery that results in a circumferential lift of the thighs with a buttock lift and augmentation.
Medial Thigh Lift:
Patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight often experience problems with excess skin on the insides of their thighs. The inner thighs are a common site for skin laxity. The appearance of the thighs can be dramatically improved with medial thigh lift surgery. During a medial thigh lift procedure, incisions are made on the insides of the thighs. In most cases, a crescent of tissue is removed, and the resulting skin is drawn together for a slimmer, tighter appearance.
Extended Medial Thigh Lift:
For patients who have achieved significant weight loss after bariatric surgery, an extended medial thigh lift is often necessary. This thigh lift involves longer incisions from the knee to the groin area on the insides of the thighs. A triangle of tissue is removed from each thigh, reducing excess skin in two dimensions to create a firmer and more pleasing contour. Although the incisions are significant, the scars from this procedure are not obvious because they are hidden on the insides of the thighs.
Incisions are made on the on the insides of the thighs. Depending on the type of thigh lift performed, the scar length can vary. Within time, the scar will fade; however, scar visibility can vary. We do recommend medical grade scar products that can help minimize the appearance of the scar and there are other laser treatments that can help as well.
Thigh Lift Recovery and Results
Thigh lift recovery can range depending on the patient. The estimated recovery time is 2-3 weeks without any complications. The first two weeks are critical after thigh surgery. During this time, patients may have restrictions on range of motion for 2-3 weeks because movements that stress the incisions can risk for opening of the suture line. Open wounds in the thigh area are difficult to heal because of the tension of gravity pulling down on the full weight of the legs and because of the movement when walking, sitting, bending, and even just getting in and out of bed.
It is important that swelling be kept to a minimum and incisions are allowed to fully heal. A surgical garment will be worn for 3-6 weeks to help reduce swelling and healing aid.
Most patients, depending on their employment, may return to work within 10 days. Full results should be seen within 3-6 months after surgery.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Thigh lift procedures are considered an outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia. Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.