It’s unfortunate that extra, sagging skin often remains after a patient has worked very hard to lose a great deal of weight. The best way to remove this excess skin is through surgery, as once stretched, the skin may not return to a normal contour. A thigh lift is a surgical procedure performed to eliminate this excess fat and skin around the inner thighs. While you may lose additional weight through a thigh lift, this procedure is not meant as a weight-loss tool, but as post-weight-loss sculpting of the thighs. It is often combined with a brachioplasty to rid the upper arms of sagging skin and/or a body lift to lift the sagging skin on the buttocks and abdomen after a great deal of weight has been lost.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift can be performed on any healthy adult who has lost all the weight they intend to lose. Some superficial fat can be removed before the actual thigh lift through liposuction. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of a thigh lift procedure at your consultation to confirm that this is the best course of action for your particular needs.
How It’s Performed
A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. It may be performed along with other body contouring procedures, such as a brachioplasty or body lift. During the procedure, an incision is made along the inner fold of the thigh to minimize scarring. The excess skin and superficial fat is pulled tight and removed to create a smooth skin surface. In patients who have lost a more significant amount of weight after gastric bypass or banding a vertical incision may be made along the inner thigh. These surgeries generally require about 2-4 hours to complete, depending upon the amount of skin removed and whether or not you elect to combine a thigh lift with a butt lift or other body contouring procedures.
What to Expect During Recovery
Following a thigh lift, you should plan to take a week off from work and normal activities and rest as much as possible to reduce motion in the area of the sutures. We will provide you with pain medications to take after you return home. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for at least a month. You will find that the scar will always be somewhat visible but will fade over time to a fine line and should be hidden in the panty-leg line of your undergarments.