THIGH Lift / Thigh REDUCTIon
A thigh lift also known as a thigh reduction is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess skin and fat in the upper inner thighs. It is appropriate for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and as a result have excess skin and fat in this area. It is often combined with liposuction to help achieve the best outcomes. The scar that results is normally located either within the groin crease, along the inner thigh, or both dependent on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. It is important that potential patients are in good general health and that weight is stable for at least a year.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions
This procedure is generally performed in fit and healthy individuals and takes approximately 2-3 hours. It can be done under a general anaesthetic or under local anaesthetic and sedation. You may be able to go home the same day after the surgery or may need to stay overnight depending on the extent of the surgery. The excess skin and fat is removed through an incision in the inner thigh and the wound is stitched closed. The scar lies in the groin crease and therefore is quite well hidden although in larger lifts, the scar may need to be extended down the inside thigh leaving a T shaped scar instead. Occasionally, the scar may also just be along the inner thigh with no extension within the groin crease.
Following the surgery, dressings are applied and occasionally a drain is inserted which is removed prior to discharge. There should be minimal post-operative pain which is easily controlled with oral pain killers. Full recovery usually takes up to 4 weeks. Return to work will be dependent on the nature of your occupation and return to exercise should be gradual. The scar quality from a thigh lift are generally good but require 6-12 months to completely mature. During this period of maturation, the scars can be red, raised and may also stretch. Occasionally, scars can remain lumpy.
You will be seen a week after your surgery to check that all is healing well and again at 6 weeks and 6 months to ensure to all is well and you are happy with the result.
There are some risks and complications that can occur with a thigh lift
Scarring : You will have a scar in the inner thigh. Scars can be red and raised initially but mature over a period of 6-12 months, eventually turning white and fading. Occasionally scars can remain lumpy or stretched
Asymmetry : There may be some asymmetry with occasional dog ears at the end of the scars. This can be revised under local anaesthetic if they are a problem. There may also be some subtle differences between the two sides
Haematoma : Some patients may bleed and develop a haematoma after transfer back to the ward. If this occurs, a return to theatre will be required to control the bleeding
Wound infection : During the healing process, wound problems such as infections may occur requiring antibiotics
Wound breakdown : Wound breakdowns are usually minor and can be managed simply with dressings. Larger wound breakdowns with skin loss are rare, but when they do occur, can be problematic and result in delayed healing and worse scarring
Seroma : Occasionally, fluid collections called a seroma can occur which can simply be drained with a needle
Altered sensation : Patients usually also have an area of altered sensation or numbness around the scar which is permanent
General operation risks : A thigh lift also carries the risk of blood clots forming in the legs or lungs which are serious. Precautions such as blood thinning injections and compression stockings are used to reduce this risk
Further information is available here in this Body Contouring guide