Loose skin and/or excess fat in the thigh area is a common problem, especially for those who have lost a great deal of weight. It can also simply be the result of genetics. In both cases, a thigh lift—also known as “thighplasty”— effectively slims, smooths and reshapes the thighs.
How is thigh lift surgery performed?
Most thigh lift procedures take several hours. They are typically performed on an outpatient basis, under general or local anesthesia. However, this depends on the complexity of the surgery. If more than one type of incision is used or multiple procedures are performed, or for patient safety, the surgery may be done as an in-patient.
Exercise and dieting will, of course, reduces excess fat and strengthen the thigh muscles. This does not, however, necessarily result in the ideal contouring. The advantage of thigh lift surgery is that there are several different incision patterns possible, to create a beautifully-shaped thigh. During the consultation, Dr. Beck will work with you to determine which procedure(s) will produce the desired result. These include:
- Inner Thigh Lift: The (relatively short) incisions are made in the fold in the groin area.
- Vertical Thigh Lift: The incisions begin at the groin and continue, vertically, to the inner knee.
- Outer Thigh Lift: The incisions begin at the groin and are carried around the hip.
- Combination Thigh Lift: A combination thigh lift may include more than one thigh lift procedure, and/or be performed with other procedures, such as a butt lift. The type(s) of incision(s) will be determined at the time of the consultation.