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 Thigh Lift

Also known as Thighplasty

What is Thighplasty?

Thighplasty is a procedure to tighten and improve the overall appearance of thighs. Candidates for this procedure have loss of skin elasticity in the thigh or have thighs with a saggy, dimpled or flabby appearance, which improves dramatically if the loose skin is lifted. A thigh lift can reduce sagging in the inner or outer thigh. It is often a procedure performed on patients who have lost a great deal of weight. Whether your issues are with your inner or outer thighs, or your anterior or posterior thighs, thighplasty is procedure that can give you the results you desire.

What to expect during the Thighplasty procedure?

Thighplasty takes about two hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Incisions for this procedure can vary greatly, so a surgeon will consult with the patient to ensure incisions are made in the most effective manner for each particular case. Types of thighplasty include inner thigh lift, bilateral thigh lift and medial thigh lift.

An inner-thigh-lift focuses on the inner thigh, while a bilateral thigh lift focuses on tightening skin on the front and outside of the leg. The surgeon makes an incision at the top of the leg, about where the lower edge of a bikini bottom or underwear would be. A small amount of skin is removed and then the remaining skin is pulled up, which tightens the skin along both sides of the leg. This procedure is often done after someone has lost a great deal of weight.

A medial thigh lift tightens skin and fat on the upper part of the inner thigh. An incision is made from the groin back to the crease of the buttock. The skin is then lifted and excess fat and skin removed to improve the appearance of the upper, inner thigh.

If the outer thigh is to be targeted, thighplasty sometimes includes lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift). This procedure requires longer incisions than thighplasty.

What to expect during the recovery for the Thighplasty procedure?

Recovery from a thigh lift will often depend on the extent of the procedure. Following the procedure, the patient is fitted in compression clothing that will assist in reducing swelling and accelerating shrinkage and tightening to the affected area. Swelling and bruising to the area settles in four to five weeks while pain is easily controlled with prescription medication. In depth procedures may require a night or two in a medical facility to allow for IV medication and monitoring by skilled medical personnel.

Examples of Thighplasty Results:

Before and After of Thighplasty

Before and After of Thighplasty

To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Alameda and Brentwood, CA.

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