Loose skin on the inner thigh is commonly seen in those who have lost significant amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time. In the overweight state the skin is very stretched and rapid weight loss leads to emptying of the fat below the skin, resulting in loose, unwanted, saggy skin which has lost all elasticity.
Unfortunately once there is an excess of skin no amount of exercise is able to ‘tone up’ or improve the appearance and the only solution is surgical removal.
The thigh lift is a procedure designed to lift and tighten loose skin around the inner thighs. The extent of the thigh lift depends on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
You may be a good candidate for a thigh lift if:
- Your weight is relatively stable.
- You have excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh.
- You are a healthy individual who does not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish.
Thigh lift surgery demands precise surgical skill as well as fine appreciation of body aesthetics. The procedure is not just about removing excess skin; the Surgeon also needs to re-sculpt the thigh area to produce the right body shape.
STEP 1: Excess skin is removed from the inner thigh. This may extend from the knee to the groin area.
STEP 2: Liposuction may be used if required to sculpt and shape the thighs to give a pleasing silhouette.
STEP 3: After removal of the excess skin and reshaping of the thigh area, the skin is carefully rejoined. The Surgeon will use great skill here to give the best possible result in shape and scarring. Immediately after surgery, the patient has a much slimmer upper leg shape. The scarring will improve and fade with time.
Thigh lift surgery is generally well tolerated, but the recovery time is 2-3 weeks. We strongly recommend strict bed rest for the first 10 days–avoiding all movement to help speed up recovery time. Thigh lift patients are advised to take 2 weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for 4 weeks