About Thigh Lift Surgery

Preparing For Surgery

Illustration of inner thigh lift planning

With the classic approach to lifting the inner thigh an incision is placed in the groin crease. A crescent pattern of inner thigh skin and fat is then removed. Because a limited amount of skin is removed with this approach, the classic thigh lift is used only for mild cases of thigh laxity.

At Connall Cosmetic Surgery, we have team of professionals to prepare you for your procedure.  Thorough preoperative preparation is critical for a successful and pleasant recovery.  Once you have decided to proceed with the surgery, our team will begin preparing you.  We will see you for preoperative evaluation in our office about three weeks before surgery. 

We will ask that you stop taking certain medications, especially those such as aspirin that can effect bleeding. We will also ask you to stop taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy as those have been associated with increased risk of blood clots after surgery. 

 In addition, if you smoke cigarettes, we will ask that you quit smoking in the weeks before surgery.  This is critical, as cigarettes have severe adverse effects on tissue healing and put patients at increased risk for wound healing problems after surgery.  The wounds of thigh lifting procedures are long and can be difficult to heal. 

Illustration of inner thigh lift results

The scar from a limited inner thigh lift is in the groin crease and usually covered with a bikini.

To ensure optimal chance for healing, variables before surgery such as cessation of cigarette smoking and a good nutritional status must be optimized.

Outer Thigh and Inner Thigh Lift Details

At Connall Cosmetic Surgery, we have extensive experience of performing thigh lift procedures.  We have experience with treating all types of thigh deformities from those with a small amount of extra fat and skin to massive skin excess around the thigh from the groin to below the knees. 

Each case is evaluated and treated on an individual basis, tailoring the surgical plan to the anatomical findings of the patient and the patient’s aesthetic goals.  Our experience with all the variations of skin excess and body forms allows us to provide optimal results for all types of thigh lift patients.

Anesthesia For Thigh Lift Surgery

Illustration of extended inner thigh lift planning

An incision along the groin crease and down the inner thigh is the most common approach for sculpting the inner thigh for patients with thigh laxity from weight loss. A wide ellipse of skin and fat are removed and the tissues are “wrapped” to tighten the thigh.

Thigh lift surgery is a complex surgery performed over a wide part of the body.  To ensure your safety and comfort, we perform thigh lift procedures using general anesthesia.  In addition, the general anesthetic is augmented with local anesthetic to provide numbing of the tissue during and immediately after surgery.  This approach, combined with a rapid recovery anesthetic technique, provides our patients with optimal comfort after surgery.

Outer Thigh and Buttock Lift Technique

The transverse thigh and buttock lift is designed to treat the tissues from the front of the groin area, along the sides of the outer thighs, to the midline of the buttocks.  The procedure is performed in an identical fashion on the other side.  Therefore, with the outer thigh and buttock lift tissue is removed around approximately 3/4 of the body.  The incision is designed to result any scar that falls within the underwear line.  With this approach, most of our patients can wear low rise pants and bikinis without having exposure of their scars.

Inner Thigh Lift Technique

illustration of outer thigh lift planning

The outer thighs are usually lifted in combination with a lower body lift. However, the outer thigh can be lifted with a transverse thigh and buttock lift. With this procedure a generous amount of outer thigh skin and fat are removed.

The inner thigh or medial thigh lift procedure is performed with the patient in the supine position.  In most cases, liposuction is used to loosen the tissues that are going to be removed and to contour the surrounding areas as needed. 

 In most cases, a wide ellipse of tissue is removed from the groin to the knee.  In addition, a small amount of tissue is removed along the front of the groin crease and the bikini line.

If the excess tissue includes the knee region, then the final scar is below the knee at the inner aspect of the calf region.

In an occasional patient, a medial thigh is accomplished with removal of a small amount of skin at the inner part of the upper thigh.  In such a case, the thigh is lifted vertically and the tissues are closed at the groin crease in the bikini line.

With both the procedures, drainage tubes are often placed.  The incisions are closed with multiple layers of strong dissolving sutures.  Usually, most of these sutures will dissolve under the skin. In some areas, especially with the upper part of the medial thigh lifts, external sutures will be placed.  Those external sutures are removed about one week after surgery.

Illustration of extended inner thigh lift results

The scar is from the groin crease to the knee after an extended inner thigh lift. The scar goes below the knee in patients with skin excess of the lower thigh.

The incisions are dressed with tapes and soft gauze dressings.  A gentle compressive garment, similar to women’s Lycra tights, is then placed. 

Recovery From Thigh Lift Surgery

The recovery begins at the Meridian Center for Surgical Excellence.  There you will be awake and recovering from your surgery. Once you have good pain control and are able to take oral medications, you are transferred to the Rest and Recovery center at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, which is less than a mile from the Meridian Center for Surgical Excellence.  You will recover there for at least one night and you will have assistance with management of your drains, medications, and assistance with your first steps out of bed. 

The outer thigh and buttock lift and the inner thigh lift procedures are a major commitment in time and energy postoperatively.  Expect to need at least 2 - 4 weeks to recover from these procedures before you can return to basic work and home activities.  After 4 - 6 weeks you may resume light exercise and after six weeks you can resume full activity. 

illustration of outer thigh lift results

With an outer thigh lift the tissues are lifted toward the bikini line. The scar is usually in the bikini line and in the upper pubic area.

See The Results From My Thigh Lift Surgery

After the outer thigh and buttock lift, your outer thighs will be tight, lifted, and smooth.  Your buttocks will be lifted and reduced in size.  The scars should fall within the bikini line.

After an inner thigh lift, the thighs are tight and smooth.  The scar will be in the front of the groin crease in the bikini line and down the inner part of the thigh to about the knee level.  The results from both procedures are very dramatic and life changing for most patients.

There will be significant swelling of the thighs and legs in the first three months after surgery.  Usually after six months when the swelling has resolved and the scars are faded, the patient can fully enjoy his/her new body.

Related Topics

~ Tummy Tuck A tummy tuck is great for treating skin excess & laxity of the abdomen & is an option for some patients considering a lower body lift.
~ Body-Jet Liposuction Body-Jet liposuction is used with buttock fat grafting surgery. Additional body-jet liposuction of the abdomen and flanks may also be considered by Brazilian buttock lift candidates.
~ Lower Body Lift Some Body-Jet liposuction patients have excessive skin at the abdomen and flanks. A lower body lift treats the entire waistline and surrounding areas.
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