An inner thigh lift, one of several forms of thighplasty, is a surgical procedure that focuses on removing excess fat and loose skin from the inner thigh region. Patients interested in a thigh lift procedure have undergone a large amount of weight loss, leading to skin laxity that can prove unsightly when wearing a swimsuit or other revealing clothing.
Thigh lift surgery can be tailored to address several common lower body cosmetic concerns, including:
• Remove pockets of exercise resistant fat in the thighs
• Eliminate loose thigh skin that forms as a result of weight loss or aging
• Increase self-confidence when wearing a swimsuit or revealing clothing
• Tighten and smooth skin in the inner thigh and groin region
At Millennial Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Shokrian exceeds in helping their patients meet their body goals. If you have undergone a large amount of weight loss and are faced with excess skin and fat that is preventing you from achieving your ideal figure, then consider a lower body contouring inner thigh lift.
Inner Thigh Lift vs. Short Scar Thigh Lift
For contouring the legs, Dr. Shokrian from Millennial Plastic Surgery, offers both inner thigh lift and short scar thigh lift surgery to their patients. These procedures both address and are the solution to eliminate loose skin and fat in the inner thigh. After the in-person evaluation, Dr. David will go more in depth with you about each procedure and help you find the right procedure for the best results for you. For an inner thigh lift, one incision is made in the groin fold that can extend to the back crease of the buttocks. Patients with a large amount of loose skin will typically have vertical incisions extending from the groin down toward the knee. Scars will be visible, but will fade after time.
These scars are also usually hidden with clothing including bikinis. A patient that has a moderate to severe loose thigh skin amount are the best patients for this procedure. Other that do not have a lot of loose skin should look into a short scar thigh lift instead. The short scar thigh lift focuses on the same areas like the inner thigh lift but unlike the other procedure, the scar is smaller and there is a quicker recovery following surgery. There is only one small incision that is made within the crease of the groin to remove extra skin from the upper thighs. Again, the scar can easily be hidden with clothing and a bikini as well.
Inner Thigh Lift Procedure
An inner thigh lift is completed under general anesthesia. The areas of loose skin targeted for removal are marked before beginning surgery to create an accurate template for incision placement during the procedure. If the patient has excess fat in the thighs, liposuction may be used at the beginning of the surgery to remove the fat.
Once the patient has been numbed and any excess fat has been removed via liposuction, the incisions are made in the designated areas. One incision will be made within the natural crease of the groin along the junction of the thigh and the pubic region. The length of the scar will depend on the amount of loose skin present but may extend from the front of the groin toward the crease of the buttock. Additional vertical incisions may be made within the inner thigh to address moderate-to-severe amounts of loose skin.
After the incisions have been made, the skin is pulled taut and any overhanging tissue is cut away. The two sides of the skin are then sutured shut to complete the procedure. The surgery may last between two and four hours.
Short Scar Thigh Lift Procedure
A short scar thigh lift is completed in largely the same manner as an inner thigh lift. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may begin with liposuction, if necessary.
A short incision is made within the crease of the groin. A crescent-shaped area of skin is then removed from the inner thigh and any small pockets of excess tissue are trimmed away. The sides of the skin are pulled taut and sutured together to create a smooth, even contour throughout the inner thigh. A short scar thigh lift procedure is generally a shorter surgery, lasting between one and three hours.
Recovery and Results
The length of recovery will depend on which procedure was performed. A short scar thigh lift will result in a more comfortable and quicker recovery. Thigh lift recovery takes about two to three weeks. Patients should plan on spending one week away from work and focus solely on healing for that time. Excessive lower body movement, including climbing stairs and squatting, can place pressure on the incisions and lead to complications. Dr. Shokrian provides specific instructions to their patients on how to minimize risks and change their daily routines to accommodate their incisions.
Common side effects include bruising, soreness and swelling in the legs. Soreness and discomfort will be managed using prescription pain medication during the first few days of recovery. Bruising and swelling will gradually diminish during the first two to three weeks. Compression garments may be used to further minimize swelling and hold the incisions in place. Any surgical drains and non-dissolvable sutures will be removed seven to 10 days following surgery.
Results following a thigh lift procedure are instant. The removed tissue will provide an immediately noticeable improvement in the contour of the legs. Final results will develop for several months as residual swelling gradually decreases. Incisions will heal in two to four weeks, while the resulting scars will continue to improve for 12 to 16 months.
Q&A with Dr. Shokrian
How soon after weight loss surgery can I undergo a thigh lift?
We recommend waiting at least 12 to 16 months following bariatric surgery before scheduling an inner thigh lift or any other skin removal procedure. All weight loss patients interested in skin removal should be close to their ideal body weight. Continuing to lose weight after surgery can result in more loose skin and prove counterintuitive to the goal of the procedure.
How long do inner thigh lift results last?
Results following an inner thigh lift are lifelong, assuming patients maintain a stable and healthy body weight. Further weight gain can stretch out the skin and distort results, while further weight loss can create more loose skin. Before pursuing an inner thigh lift, make sure you are at or near your ideal body weight and are prepared to maintain that weight.
Am I a good candidate for an inner thigh lift?
Good candidates for an inner thigh lift are patients who do not smoke, are in good health, have loose skin and pockets of fat in the inner thigh, and have realistic expectations about the procedure. We will determine if you are a good candidate after in-person evaluation and conversation about your aesthetic concerns.
Which thigh lift option is best for me?
Several types of thigh lift procedures exist, depending on the amount of excess tissue and its location. While patients may prefer more minimal surgery that produces less scarring and downtime, we recommend the option that provides the most optimal results individually. We can better determine which procedure is best for you after an in-person evaluation.
What kind of scarring can I expect?
We always strive to produce the least amount of scarring possible in the most inconspicuous of locations. Incisions will be placed within the natural creases and folds of the skin. All inner thigh lift procedures begin with groin incisions that are easily hidden by underwear and swimsuits. Vertical incisions may not be completely covered by many types of clothing, but they will be placed down the side of the inner thigh to keep them concealed as much as possible.
When can I shower following my surgery?
You can shower as soon as your surgical garments have been removed, about 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. You will need to wait about three to four weeks, however, before submerging your incisions in still water to limit your risk of infection.
How soon after surgery can I resume exercising?
Exercise places stress and pressure on the legs and may harm incisions. We recommend waiting at least three to four weeks before slowly resuming exercise to avoid complications.
Can an inner thigh lift be combined with other skin removal procedures?
Absolutely. For patients with excess skin in other areas of the body, we can perform additional skin removal procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift or buttock lift. Let us know during your initial consultation if you are also interested in other procedures and we will form an individualized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns.