Thighplasty | Thigh Lift

What is a Thighplasty | Thigh Lift?

Thighplasty, usually referred to as thigh lift, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from either the inner or outer thighs. This is often desirable after substantial or bariatric weight loss or in individuals for whom dieting and exercise have failed to reduce excess tissue in their upper thighs.

  • In order to address the inner thigh, the usual approach is medical thigh lift. The aim of a medial thigh lift is to primarily correct horizontal laxity with the resection of a vertical component. Depending on the distal extent of skin laxity, the scar may be shortened, or lengthened beyond the medical knee. Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to the re-contouring of the inner thigh.
  • For outer thigh lift, this is typically done in conjunction with a lower body lift with or without liposuction. Since this area of the thigh is less likely to experience significant dropping, liposuction alone may correct the undesired skin laxity.

What to expect from surgery?

After the procedure, you will be required to use compression garments for several weeks. This will help avoid the development of fluid accumulation (i.e. seroma). Also, you will have a drain that will remain for approximately 2 weeks.

For this surgery, it is done under general anesthesia in the outpatient department of the hospital or in a certified surgery center. After the procedure, you will go home with instructions for care of your drains and incisions.

Possible complications from surgery

Complications with brachioplasty include but not limited to seroma, paresthesias (numbness) of the arm and wound formation. Although these complications are rare in comparison to other body contouring procedures, they remain a source of morbidity if they occur.