What Is a Thigh Lift?

As a surgeon who performs thigh lifts along with other body contouring plastic surgery in Sacramento for patients who’ve achieved significant weight loss, I think it’s worth highlighting this little-known procedure that can deliver big results.

Thigh lifts can be performed to correct a range of concerns, including removing excess skin and fat, tightening muscle, removing stretch marks and improving the appearance of cellulite. In many cases post weight loss patients have so much excess skin on their inner thighs that it causes uncomfortable chafing. Often, I will perform liposuction to remove the excess fat from the thigh as well.

Types of Thigh Lifts:

Depending on the area of concern, the incision length and location varies. The following is a list of different types of thigh lifts that can be performed to treat specific areas:

  • Inner Thigh Lift: As the name states, this procedure treats the inner thigh. An incision is made from the groin along the inner thigh and then a section of skin and/or fat is removed. The skin is sutured together, leaving smoother and thinner inner thighs.
  • Bilateral Thigh Lift: This procedure treats the front and outer part of the thigh. An incision is made at the top of the thigh, around the line where the bottom of a bikini or underwear might sit, and then the skin is lifted.
  • Medial Thigh Lift: This treats the upper part of the inner thigh, with the incision running from the inside of the leg to the crease under the buttock. Sometimes this procedure is combined with a buttock lift.

Does a Body Lift Treat the Thighs?

For the body lift patients, some lifting of the thighs does take place, since the entire midsection is lifted, pulling the outer thighs and buttocks with it. However, a body lift will not treat the inner thighs. An inner thigh lift or medial thigh lift may be performed in addition to the body lift if a patient seeks improvement in the appearance of the inner thighs as well.

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