Meant to enhance your body and self-esteem, cosmetic surgery can be carried out on almost any part of the body, neck, and face, including your thighs. Thigh lift surgery focuses on sculpting your upper and inner thighs for a more toned and lifted look.
What is a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the inner and upper thighs. The resulting outcome is a toned thigh and an overall improvement in your body's appearance.
While a thigh lift can focus on the outer thighs as well, it's more common for surgery to be performed on the inner thighs to address the stubborn excess fat that tends to accumulate there. Thigh lifts can also address excess skin that tends to occur as a result of weight loss or aging.
How does a Thigh Lift Work?
During the thigh lift procedure, an incision is made either near the groin area or down the leg. Excess skin and fat are removed, and it's not uncommon for the surgeon to perform liposuction in the area as well during the procedure.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with surgery taking up to four hours. Depending on the amount of fat and skin to be removed, you may have a thigh lift on an outpatient basis and not require a hospital stay post-surgery.
Is a Thigh Lift Right For You?
Aging and weight loss can affect your thigh area, leaving loose skin that cannot be affected by working out. A thigh lift can help correct that, resulting in the smoothening of your thigh and a toned and lifted appearance.
A board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine whether a thigh lift is right for you. During your appointment, your doctor will conduct a comprehensive health evaluation to assess your current health status, as well as your desired cosmetic outcomes.
Thigh lift surgery requires a certain amount of downtime—most patients can get back to a simple routine approximately three weeks after surgery, while it may take up to six weeks to get back to your regular activity levels. Swelling, bruising, and numbness of the area are all common after surgery and may last for up to several months, depending on your body.