Thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce sagging in the inner or outer thigh. This surgery will result in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. The incision made for thigh lift varies depending on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference. Some of these variations include:
- Medial thigh lift (improves the contour of inner thighs): The incisions are made in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh.
- Lateral thigh lift (improves the contour of outer thighs and lower body): incisions extending from the groin around the hip.
In some cases, there may be combination of both techniques to improve the overall contour and skin texture of the thighs and lower body. Thigh lifts are not designed strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended. Thigh lift is a highly individualized surgical procedure for specific individuals. This surgery is ideal for candidates who are motivated and have realistic expectations on their body shape.