What is Thigh lift?
A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, can help address extra tissue and hanging skin in the thighs that can give a displeasing appearance. Thighs can be extremely resistant to improvements with diet and exercise, and therefore thigh lift surgery is sometimes the only option to achieve the shape you want.
When to Consider a Thigh Lift
If you want your thighs to have a better, more proportional contour and a firmer look and feel.
If you have undergone bariatric surgery or massive weight loss.
If you are distressed about loose, flabby skin on your thighs.
If you have difficulty fitting into clothing because of heavy thighs.
How is a thigh lift procedure performed?
Medial (inner) thigh lift: An incision is made in the groin area, and any excess fat and skin are excised along the inner aspect of the thigh. Liposuction may be but is not always included in this procedure, depending on your individual requirements. The area from the groin to the knee is recontoured and the procedure is repeated for the other thigh. If a more substantial wedge of tissue is removed, the procedure is called a thighplasty.
Lateral (outer) thigh lift:This is a more complex procedure, usually involving recontouring of the buttocks as well as the outer thighs and removal of more tissue. Scarring is more extensive, and the skin will be less elastic after the surgery, so weight should be maintained.
Unshapely thighs can be secondary to excess skin (often present after significant changes in weight), excess fat, or excess skin and fat. The removal of excess skin does come at the cost of a scar, but Dr. Edward Ye takes every measure to ensure that the incision is closed as meticulously as possible to give you the best possible scar. Dr. Edward Ye ensures that the scar is always placed in the least visible position while still giving you the optimal contour. Typically, the scar for a thigh lift is best concealed by placing it in the upper thigh close to the groin or along the inner edge of the thigh. The length and location of the scar really depends on where the excess skin is located. Some patients only have extra fat in their thighs with good skin elasticity and therefore are candidates for thigh liposuction alone where scarring is minimal.