In most women, fat is found throughout the thighs, specifically the inner and outer thighs, the saddlebags and the hips. Some women have fat deposits only on the outer edges of the thighs, while others have fat bulges on the inside.
The thighs and hips specifically contain large amounts of the enzyme lipase, which causes these areas to store fat quickly. This may be why the thighs and hips are two areas that seem especially resistant to diet and exercise.
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. When performing the lift, a surgeon may remove either medial (inner) thigh skin or outer (lateral) thigh skin.
If fitness and weight loss efforts have not helped achieved your goals, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.
The results of thigh lift surgery are visible almost immediately, but it may take several weeks for your final results to fully develop. Over time, some visible scars will remain, but your results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. Scars also improve with time with maximum improvement requiring one year. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your results should be relatively permanent.
What are the different types of thigh lift?
There are different types of thigh lifts that target certain areas of the thighs for specific results: Medial Thigh Lifttargets the inner thigh. During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made at the area where the thigh and pubic area meet. A wedge of skin and fat is then removed and the skin is closed, leading to skin tightening, an improved leg contour and enhanced skin elasticity. Lateral Thigh Liftis designed to tighten skin on the front and outside of the leg. During a lateral thigh lift, an incision is made at the top of the leg where the lower edge of your underwear would be. A certain amount of skin is then removed before pulling the remaining skin up and attaching it to the same area. Through this technique, a lateral thigh lift serves to tighten skin along both the right and left side of the leg. This procedure is especially helpful to those who have excess skin after significant weight loss. During your thigh lift surgery consultation at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center, your plastic surgeon will discuss your treatment options and the results you can expect from your surgery.
What are the common side effects?
Most side effects of thigh lifts are temporary. They include discomfort, pain, swelling, numbness, and bruising. It may take a year or more for the incision lines to refine and fade.
what are the benefits of a Thigh Lift?
There are various types of thigh lifts. Inner Thigh LiftAn inner thigh lift, also called a medial thigh lift, deals with the portion between the legs. Outer Thigh LiftAn outer thigh lift, also called a lateral thigh lift, focuses on the sides of the thighs. Posterior Thigh LiftA posterior thigh lift is also known as a buttock lift. The procedure selected depends on the areas where correction is desired and can be performed alone or in combination.
Who should not have a thigh lift?
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. If you tend to scar poorly, your plastic surgeon may recommend against the procedure or may caution that scars could be unusually prominent.