Thigh Lift 

What Is A Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is an operation designed to improve the contour of the thighs at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah. This may treat the inner thighs, outer thighs or both. Excess skin is removed with repositioning “underlying” tissue to provide a better contour to the thighs. The most common cause for contour problems in this area is severe weight loss and aging.

Are You A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift should be performed in someone who has a stable weight and realistic expectations. Good Candidates are:

  • Individuals with excess soft tissue in the medial thighs or outer thigh areas

  • Non smokers

  • Healthy individuals with no major heart or lung medical conditions

  • Specific and realistic goals

How Is A Thigh Lift Performed?

A thigh lift is usually individualized to your specific conditions and goals. To treat the inner thighs, incisions are made in the groin area and may extend down the medial thigh. To treat the outer thighs additional incisions in the bikini line from the anterior thigh to the buttock area may be used. The thighs are reshaped by removing excess skin as well as some fat with repositioning of the underlying tissue to create a better contour.

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Thigh Lift Recovery

Patients will wear a compression garment for several weeks. Swelling and discomfort is common the first few days. Light walking is encouraged to keep good circulation in your legs and avoid clots. You can normally return to work in 2 weeks as long as there is no heavy lifting or exercising. It takes several months to see the final results.

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Length Of Operation

2-4 hours depending on extent and areas of lifting

Anesthesia

Usually general anesthesia

Length Of Stay

Outpatient, home the same day

Recovery

  • Initially moderate discomfort with difficulty walking for 7-10 days

  • Return to light activities in 2 weeks

  • Return to more strenuous exercising in 4-6 weeks

Scars

May be extensive in area of medical thighs, groin and possibly outer thigh. Scars become much less noticeable over time.

Risks / Possible Complications

Risks are greater when multiple procedures are performed.
Possible risks associated with this procedure include:

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Infection

  • Avoid over exertion/lifting

  • Slow wound healing of incisions

  • Seroma or fluid collection under skin

  • Tissue loss

  • Numbness which is usually temporary

  • Contour irregularities

  • Pulmonary emboli: extremely rare

Complications are usually rare but include:

  • Bleeding

  • Slow wound healing

  • Skin loss

  • Nerve damage to facial muscles

  • Infection

  • Hair loss

  • Scarring

  • Numbness of the face that can last 1-2 months

Related Procedures

  • Liposuction

  • Arm Lift

  • Abdominoplasty

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Larry A. Sargent MD FACS, Plastic Surgery Center of Utah, 370 9th Ave, STE 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103  801.355.0731

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