Patients may develop excess skin along the medial (inner) or lateral (outer) thigh with aging as skin loses elasticity or following significant weight loss. Thigh lift surgery may be performed to correct skin redundancy and to improve thigh contour. It lifts and tightens the descended soft tissues. Incision placement varies based on the location and degree of skin redundancy. Incisions range from a limited transverse scar within the groin crease, which may address a relatively small degree of skin redundancy in the medial thigh, to a longer vertical incision extending along the medial thigh to just above knee level for more pronounced cases. Lateral thigh lift surgery places the scar along the upper-outer thigh to resuspend the soft tissues of the lateral and anterior (front) thigh.
Thigh lift is performed under general anesthetic as an out-patient. It is necessary to wear a compression garment for one month following surgery, which may be concealed under clothing. Patients are generally able to return to work within 1-2 weeks of surgery, however must refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks post-operatively.
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