A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases, fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and redraped, resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours. Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip.
Through these incisions, your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour.
Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive. Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to form the newly shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.
The smoother, tighter contouring that results from a thigh lift are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising.
You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal.
Following a thigh lift, skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.