Inner Thigh Lift

Inner Thigh Lift Related Terms:
Plastic Surgery, Body Procedures, Cosmetic Surgery, Liposculpture, Outer Thigh Lift, Posterior Thigh Lift, Skin Procedures, Surgeon, Thigh Lift, Thigh Sculpture, Thigh Shape, Thighplasty

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Inner Thigh Lift


Thigh Lift surgery (also called Thighplasty) is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten or correct the sagging, loose skin and excess fat deposits of the inner thigh, outer thigh or posterior thigh, re-creating the more taut contours of youth. The sagging skin is usually caused by significant weight loss. It is stretched and hangs. Men and women with this condition may be ideal candidates for Thigh Lift cosmetic surgery. When there is only excess fat in the thighs, Liposuction alone can be considered instead of an inner or outer thigh lift. However, in cases where the skin elasticity is poor, an inner or outer thigh lift is preferred to tighten the droopy skin.

An Inner Thigh Lift deals with the portion between the legs. An Outer Thigh Lift focuses on the sides of the thighs. A Posterior Thigh Lift is also known as a Buttock Lift. The procedure selected depends on the areas where correction is desired and can be performed alone or in combination. The goal is to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the thighs, improve dimpled, bumpy skin, and restore a more normal shape to the thigh.

Patients who have lost a lot of weight and are close to their ideal body weight (and do not experience significant weight fluctuations) are the best candidates for an Inner Thigh Lift, often done in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures.  After working so hard through diet, exercise, or after undergoing Gastric Bypass surgery for weight loss, it can be discouraging to look in the mirror and see all of that loose, excess, and flabby skin in the inner thigh area.  Major medical conditions such as heart and lung conditions may be a relative contraindication for this procedure.  Patients should understand that there will be permanent scars after this procedure.

The Inner Thigh Lift   procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is about 2-3 hours in length, depending on the extent of work required. Patients leave the hospital on the same day.

For the Inner Thigh Lift procedure only short incisions are required that usually extend from the thigh and groin crease to the buttock crease. The Outer Thigh Lift incisions are larger and are placed over each hip bone. Details on a Posterior Thigh Lift can be found with the information on the Buttock Lift.

Since the Thigh Lift is a very individualized procedure, the incision length and pattern varies from person to person. While the incisions may be extensive, advanced techniques allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.


If Liposuction of the thighs is to be performed with the Thigh Lift, it is usually done before making the incisions.

The Inner Thigh Lift procedure is done with incisions so that the final scar is hidden in the groin crease. After making the incision, excess fat and skin are removed. The remaining thigh skin is elevated and tightened before closing with stitches. After the incisions are closed, gauze and an elastic compression bandage are applied to minimize bruising and swelling. . Occasionally, before stitching the incision, a temporary tube is inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

Following your surgery, you should rest as much as possible to avoid a lot of leg motion, which can affect the scar. Discomfort can be controlled with medication. It is important to keep the compression bandage in place to help minimize the swelling.

Common side effects include some temporary pain, numbness, bruising, and swelling, as well as a tight feeling in the thighs.   Scarring is permanent, but well-concealed, and will fade over time.

Recuperation for an Inner Thigh Lift surgery is usually 1-2 weeks. Patients should plan to take two weeks off from work, and avoid strenuous activity for a month. . Some numbness of the skin is to be expected and is temporary. If drainage tubes were inserted, you will be taught how to take care of them and record the amount of fluid that comes out of it. The steps are very easy and simple to follow. Your surgeon will remove the tubes in about a week when the drainage slows to an acceptable level.

Complications are a possibility, as with all surgeries, including infection, a reaction to the anesthesia, hematoma, seroma, nerve damage and the occurrence of asymmetries or irregularities. When you have your consultation you will have ample opportunity to ask your surgeon about any risks.

Results after an Inner Thigh Lift can last for many years. However, the influences of aging and gravity will continue as time passes. The exact length of time varies with each individual.  The results will be more permanent assuming that your weight remains stable and you continue to exercise regularly to maintain muscle and skin tone. 

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