If you’ve recently lost weight in your thighs, you may be looking for a way to help achieve smoother, more shapely legs. Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to address the skin on your thighs, which tends to sag with age. For some people, a thigh lift may be a solution for getting rid of excess, sagging skin.
It’s important to know that a thigh lift is a major surgery that can pose a variety of risks, especially if you have underlying health issues or if you’re not at your goal weight. Considering the invasive nature of the surgery, it’s a good idea to research the procedure before undergoing one. In this article, we review the different types of thigh lift procedures, as well as their potential risks and cost.
What Is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift (thighplasty) is an invasive cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area. Perhaps the most common reason for a thigh lift is to help reshape and smooth the thigh area after losing weight. Some people also opt for the procedure to gain more shapeliness and to feel more comfortable wearing swimsuits, shorts, and jeans.
If you’re considering this procedure after weight loss, doctors recommend that you’re at a steady weight for at least 6 months and that you’ve already achieved your goal weight. This is because weight fluctuations can interfere with results post-thigh lift surgery.
What Are the Different Types of Thigh Lifts?
Thigh lifts remove excess skin and fat, but there are different types that are achieved via different incisions. Your provider will help you choose the best surgery to meet your individual needs. Below are the different types of thigh lifts to consider.
Inner (medial) thigh lift
A medial (inner) thigh lift reduces excess skin and fat on the upper portion of the inner thigh. This type of thigh lift helps people who have trouble eliminating excess fat from this area of the body through diet and exercise.
An inner thigh lift may also be used to treat reduced skin elasticity caused by the aging process or extreme weight loss. During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made at the junction of the thigh and pubic area that goes to the back of the crease of the buttock. A wedge of skin with fat is then removed and the inner thigh is lifted and secured at a higher position. The groin crease is then reconstructed. The scars are undetectable under clothing. This provides a tighter and smoother inner thigh contour and enhanced skin flow.
Mini thigh lift
Depending on your individual needs, your surgeon may determine that you qualify for a mini thigh lift. This procedure requires fewer incisions than other types of thigh lifts, only involving an incision in your groin area. It works well if you’re wanting to focus on the upper-inner part of your thigh only.
Outer (bilateral) thigh lift
In a lateral (outer) thigh lift that includes a buttock lift, the incision generally overlaps with that of a circumferential abdominoplasty or a lower body lift. Through these incisions, the excess waist and upper outer thigh tissues are excised, and the thigh is elevated and secured at a higher position. This results in a smoother contour of the outer thigh skin. Also, the waist concavity is recreated. The disadvantage of this procedure is the length of the incision. However, most patients find that the scar is a reasonable trade-off for the results.
Vertical thigh lift
If you’re looking to address a lot of excess skin in all areas of your thighs, you may consider a vertical thigh lift. It requires larger incisions that extend down to your knees. However, due to a higher risk for complications, your surgeon may not recommend this type of thigh lift.
Lift with liposuction
In some cases, the thigh area may have poor skin elasticity. Your surgeon may recommend liposuction in addition to thigh lift surgery to help remove excess fat cells and prevent sagging skin.
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