A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a procedure that aims to improve the firmness of a patient’s legs. The procedure involves removing excess skin from the inner and outer thigh area.
A thigh lift is an attractive option for patients seeking to remove excess fat and skin from the thighs that could not be removed through exercise or a healthy diet. A thigh lift is also an option for those who have an excessive amount of remaining skin after a dramatic weight loss. The surgery works by removing unwanted fat, skin and tissue to tone the thigh.
The procedure is performed under anaesthetic. Depending on the patient, their needs and body shape will depend where the surgeon chooses to commence the surgery.
Inner (medial) thigh – The surgeon makes an incision in the groin area, removing excess skin and fat from the area. The area is contoured through the lift process.
Outer (Lateral) thigh – The surgeon removes tissue, potentially a part of the buttocks is included. The outer thigh is more difficult to make the incision less noticeable, and the skin is less malleable restricting further surgeries or weight loss/gain.
Following the surgery, the recovery may take a minimum of two weeks to resume regular daily duties. The patient will be instructed how to sit and sleep to minimise pain and assist with the recovery. Bruising and swelling is to be expected and will gradually fade over the weeks after the surgery. Pain medication may be required especially within the first forty-eight hours.
The results from a thigh lift are long lasting.