How is thigh lift surgery done?

Loose skin around the knees and over the thighs is a very common complaint; this is one area of the body where gravity takes a definite toll as skin loses its elasticity. Loose skin may also be a concern after weight loss. Excess skin over the thighs is traditionally addressed with a thigh lift. In this week’s post I’m going to talk about where the incisions are located and what effect the surgery has on the thigh.

Thigh lift surgery is broken down into two anatomic areas: medial and lateral.

  • A lateral thigh lift is done through an incision up over the hip. This incision will
    Outer thigh lift incision -

    Outer thigh lift incision –

    generally hide well under a bathing suit (see photo to the right). The lateral thigh lift only addresses excess skin over the outside of the leg.

  • A medial thigh lift is done through an incision over the inside of the leg, right near the groin crease.  This thigh lift vectorshorizontally-oriented incision (dark blue line on the photo to the left) will remove skin in the vertical vector (light blue line). This horizontal incision hides very well, even in a bathing suit. If there is excess skin circumferentially around the thigh (light green line), then a vertical incision is needed as well (dark green line). This vertical incision may show when wearing shorts. It is in the inside of the leg, however, so it is not visible from the front or back if you are standing straight up. A medial thigh lift is the best way to address excess skin over the knee.

Depending on your specific areas of concern, your doctor may recommend a lateral thigh lift, a medial thigh lift, or a combination of the two. Liposuction may also be added if there are areas of fat that need to be removed. A thigh lift will not give you the legs you had in your 20s, but it will remove most of the excess skin, and significantly smooth out the contour.

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