The thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and fat from the thigh. The goal is to achieve a thigh that is firmer, tighter, and more youthful looking.
After weight loss, bariatric surgery, or the normal aging process, the skin of the thigh looses its elasticity and the result is laxity of the skin. The skin may become droopy, saggy and deflated. If the patient is trying to reduce the size of the thigh that is caused by fat, or a desire for a thigh gap, then liposuction (link to liposuction) is the treatment of choice.
In situations where the patient has a fatty thigh and poor skin elasticity, a combination of liposuction and skin excision is necessary. In some circumstances when the thigh is large, Dr. Moor may suggest liposuction of the area first and skin excision at another time if the skin shrinkage and contour could not produce the desired results. The thigh lift is an individualized procedure and Dr. Moor designs a surgical plan that best fits your needs.
Your thigh lift surgery will either be done a Brookwood Baptist Hospital or Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Moor uses general anesthesia. The incision chosen depends upon the areas treated and the degree of skin laxity.
The medial thigh contour:
A groin incision is used for minimal medial thigh laxity. The incision is confined to only the groin area. The skin is redraped superiorly and the excess skin is removed.
Groin incisions with downward extension:
The incision is initially confined to the groin and then moves downward towards the knee depending upon the skin laxity and amount of sagging.
Liposuction is used as needed with either incision. The excess skin is excised resulting in a smoother, tighter thigh.
The outer thigh contour:
The outer thigh contour may be improved by a groin incision extending around to the hip-buttock region.
Dr. Moor places these incisions in the most inconspicuous location as possible.
You will be given specific post-operative instructions and small drains will be removed the first post operative visit. Post operative compression garments are worn for several weeks.