Dr. Del Corral is a double board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

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Thigh Lift

MEDIAL (INNER) THIGH LIFT

The medial thigh is a problem area for many women and occasionally for some men. This area tends to collect fat and the skin tone is often poor which can make liposuction alone risky. Aging and weight loss can result in sagging of the skin. There is no way to exercise the skin extensive running will not tighten up this area.

Medial thigh lift is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed and the medial thigh is tightened. Sometimes only a horizontal wedge is removed and the scar can be hidden at the junction of the thigh and the pubic area. Oftentimes, however, to get the best contour, it is necessary to remove skin and fat vertically, sometimes down to the medial knee area and this leaves a vertical scar. The scarring usually settles down and fades for up to a year, but sometimes the scar remains quite obvious. This can put a patient in the position of choosing to avoid wearing shorts because of unshapely thighs or avoid wearing shorts because of an unsightly scar. These tradeoffs are thoroughly discussed at the surgery consultation. Patients who have other favorable surgical scars are likely to scar the least and those with a history of unfavorable scarring are likely to scar the most.

An incision along the groin crease and down the inner thigh is the most common approach for sculpting the inner thigh for patients with thigh laxity from weight loss. A wide ellipse of skin and fat are removed and the tissues are “wrapped” to tighten the thigh.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

  • Someone with significant loose and sagging skin of the thighs
  • Someone who has experienced loss of skin elasticity
  • If your skin has a dimpled appearance (cellulite)
  • If your thigh appearance improves dramatically when you lift the loose skin
  • A healthy individual
  • Non-smoker
  • Someone with realistic goals and expectations for body contouring

OUTER THIGH & BUTTOCK LIFT

The buttock and outer thigh lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure usually takes two to three hours to perform. Your doctor will place the incision across the top of the buttocks, low enough to be concealed by underwear or a bikini. This incision spreads along the back from one hip bone to the other.

After the incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed from the buttocks and thighs. This may be done using liposuction if there is a large amount of fat to be removed. The skin is then stretched to position the buttocks and thighs into their new position, and the area is sutured closed. Compression garments are usually applied to help reduce swelling and expedite the healing process. Some patients may need to stay overnight after this procedure, while others can leave shortly after the effects of anesthesia have worn off.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After the buttock lift / outer thigh lift procedure, patients may experience temporary swelling, soreness and bruising for a few days. These side effects can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by your doctor. Most patients can return to work and regular activities after about two weeks, but should avoid strenuous exercise for at least four weeks. The appearance of the scars from this procedure will continue to change for up to 18 months, but usually fade and can be easily concealed.

The results of this procedure are considered permanent, as long as no significant weight loss occurs. Patients can enjoy a trimmer contour with improved skin tightness and smoothness. The appearance of cellulite can also be improved through this procedure. Even after a buttock and thigh lift, patients are not immune to the effects of aging, and the buttocks and outer thighs will begin to droop and sag again over time. However, the buttocks and outer thighs will continue to look better than if a lift had never been performed on them.

WILL I BE TOLD THE RISK AND COMPLICATIONS

Although this procedure is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks and complications associated with any type of surgical procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, healing problems, blood clots and fluid drainage. Patients can reduce these risks by choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon to perform their procedure, and by adhering to their surgeon’s instructions before and after the procedure.

I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

If you are considering a thigh lift we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your problem areas, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.