A thigh lift is well suited for those with loose surplus skin from weight loss

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Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to achieve firmer and more attractive-looking thighs and legs. This surgical procedure is well suited for those who have loose, surplus skin as a consequence of weight loss. Many candidate patients have already undergone weight-loss surgical procedures such as gastric bypass or laparoscopic banding procedures. There are several technical choices.

Technical Aspects

Three technical variations of this surgery are performed. The location and volume of thigh redundancy determine the choice of technique. Below is a description of the technical variations of this surgical procedure.


Inner Thigh Lift

The procedure is helpful for those who cannot seem to lose the upper inner thigh tissue through exercise and diet. This surgical procedure is effective in those with mild excess tissue from aging. To perform this procedure a bikini line incision is made at the junction of the pubic area and the upper thigh. A wedge of skin and fat is removed and the skin is tightened up to improve the contour of the inner. Often Dr. Chen Lee will combine liposuction to reduce the girth of the upper thigh.


Outer Thigh Lift

The outer lift is helpful in tightening the skin in the area of the anterior (front) and lateral (outside) aspects of the thigh. To perform this surgery, an incision at the superior thigh near the lower outer edge of a bikini or underwear garment is designed. Redundant and excess are removed. The outer thigh is tightened by pulling up the lower skin incision to repair it under the bikini line where the resulting scar can be hidden in undergarments. To maintain symmetry both the right and left thighs must be treated identically. 


Medial Thigh Lift

Massive weight loss patients have too much redundant tissue to be managed by the limited bikini line skin excision techniques described above. The more extensive medial thigh lift is designed to remove skin excess longitudinally along the inseam length of the thigh. This procedure uses the same bikini portion incision of the inner thigh lift but differs in that the incision extends along the longitudinal inseam aspect of the thigh towards the knee. The excess inseam thigh skin is directly excised to reduce the thigh girth.

Is the scar visible?

Thigh lift procedures leave noticeable scars. Often these scars are justified by the substantial redundant flabby skin and fat along the inseam of the thigh. Most surgeons design skin excisions so that the scars can be concealed by undergarments and bikini wear. At your consultation, be sure to discuss your preferred undergarments with the planned location of skin excisions and resulting scars.

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