A thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. An incision will be made near the top of the thigh, which ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened, and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.
Multiple lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, can be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift with a butt lift is the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. The outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttocks. An incision can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttocks, and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 3 hours to complete but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6-8 weeks. Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients generally find their self-confidence improves after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.