A thigh lift is the surgical procedure to remove excess skin – most commonly from the inner thigh – as well as lift and/or tighten this area. Skin laxity of the inner thigh is common after weight loss and with aging. No amount of exercise will correct this issue. Depending on the severity of the problem, we commonly do either a medial thigh lift or add a vertical component and excise skin from the groin to the knee as well. This may or may not be done in association with liposuction. I generally prefer to avoid doing abdominoplasty and thigh lift together, since there is a resulting “tug of war” between the two incisions.
Thigh lift is done under general anesthesia. Compression garments are usually only needed if liposuction was performed at the same time. Recovery is 2-4 days off from work, depending on your occupation. We typically don’t use drains, and sutures are all absorbable. Surprising to many patients, there isn’t much pain or discomfort associated with a thigh lift. We do limit your activities (in particular running and stair climbing) for the first month.
If you are bothered by excess skin or laxity of your inner thighs, please call to schedule a consultation. I commonly treat this problem with very good results and would be happy to let you know if you would benefit from this surgery.
Written by: Dr. Bruce W. Van Natta