A thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the overall shape and contours of the thigh. Ideally a thigh lift is performed in fit individuals where weight loss may not have achieved the goal of a firmer more proportionate thigh when compared to the overall body. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits in the thigh, but requires that the skin has good elasticity to conform to its new contour. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, liposuction in combination with excisional procedures will need to be done to achieve the desired result. Thigh lifts are common in massive weight loss patients to recontour the thigh and remove loose sagging skin.
Thigh lift incisions are often hidden in the groin crease, but may need to be extended from the groin around the hip or extended downward to wrap around the back of the thigh. The incisions are dependent on the degree of required correction. Thigh lifting incorporates reshaping the thigh tissue matrix with tightening of the skin to result in a smoother thigh contour. The placement of the incisions and resulting scars typically are placed in locations where they are hidden by most clothing and swimsuits. Scarring may be extensive. Goals should be carefully discussed with your physician as well as realistic expectations.
Thigh lifts are associated with complications that may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, seroma or fluid accumulation, poor wound healing requiring reoperation, asymmetry, pain, numbness, recurrent skin looseness, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. Revision surgery is a possibility.