Thigh/Buttock Lift (Thighplasty)
What is a Thigh/Buttock Lift?
A thigh lift is a procedure that lifts and reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and in some cases fat. The procedure results in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Thigh/Buttock Lift?
Good candidates are adults who are in good heath without any pre-existing medical conditions or risk factors for surgery. Those who are at a stable weight, do not smoke and have excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh, may be offered this procedure. Patients may have had massive weight loss and now have very lax and loose thigh skin. This procedure is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. There are several different incision patterns depending on the area to be treated. The most common technique for thigh lift is an incision in the groin that extends back under the buttock; this is called a medial thigh lift. Some patients may have a larger amount of skin to be removed and will require a larger vertical incision from the medial thigh down to just above the knee. The procedure will take 2-5 hours depending on the amount of work to be done.