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Thigh Lift (thigh dermolipectomy)

Thigh lift is performed when tightening of the skin and fatty tissue of the upper part of the legs is needed. It is major look enhancement procedure for the lower body. The main difference between lower body contouring and a thigh lift (inner thigh lift) is that contouring removes fat and changes the shape of the thighs whereas a thigh lift tightens and improves the look of the skin.

How a plastic surgeon decides to deal with your case may have a lot to do with your body shape, the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the state of your general health.

Keep in mind that you may have to wait as long as three months before you can exercise, run or engage in any kind of strenuous activity.

Surgical Options

There are several types of thigh lift, each of which differs according to incision pattern.

For example, an inner (medial) thigh lift involves incisions in the groin fold. This is the most popular type of thigh lift. It is best for people with a moderate amount of skin and fat in this area. For an inner thigh lift, your surgeon basically lifts up the thigh skin and tissue; tightening it.

A vertical thighplasty involves a vertical incision that starts at the groin crease and extends to the inner knee. The scar is visible when the inner thighs are exposed such as while you are wearing a bathing suit or mini-skirt. During a vertical thigh lift, your surgeon removes a wedge of skin from the inner thigh. Individuals with more significant fat and loose skin may need a vertical thighplasty.

An outer thigh lift requires an incision that extends from the groin around the hip. A newer procedure called the spiral thighplasty targets the front, back, inner and outer thigh. The incision is below the buttock fold and continues over the groin crease at the junction of the thigh and pubic area. This plastic surgery procedure is ideal for people who have lost weight.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. In this specific procedure, the propensity for developing a wound infection is higher due to the place where the incisions are made. Excellent hygiene and wound care are mandatory in this procedure. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.

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