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What is a thigh lift?

The thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce sagging in the inner or outer thigh. Dr. Lowell Hughes performs this procedure on its own, or in combination with other procedures such as a body lift. As a general rule, Dr. Hughes does not perform liposuction to the inner thigh simultaneously with an inner thigh lift.

Who benefits most from a thigh lift?

If your inner thighs are very big and have a lot

of fatty tissue it might be best to do liposuction first to get rid of as much of the excess tissue as possible. After a few months we reevaluate the inner thigh to see if you will benefit from a thigh lift. In some cases, a thigh lift is recommended. If the skin of the inner thigh sags or is droopy, a thigh lift is ideal as it will tighten up the skin and smooth the contour of the inner thigh. Patients who have lost a lot of weight are also ideal candidates for an inner thigh lift, usually done in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures.

What can the inner thigh lift do for me?

Stand in front of a mirror and pinch the skin of your inner thigh so that you lift the skin towards your groin. This approximates what a thigh lift can do for you.

How is the outer thigh treated?

The outer thigh is treated most often by liposuction.  When the skin of the outer thigh sags, it is usually in conjunction with the buttocks. In this case, the outer thigh lift is performed together with a buttocks lift.  

What is involved in the thigh lift surgery?

Thigh lift surgery can be done under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed as an out patient procedure. The pubic area is shaved the morning of surgery so that the area is smooth and without hair. Stray hairs can infect the incisions, so shaving helps to eliminate this risk. Immediately before surgery, Dr. Hughes will mark the patient's thighs while she's standing up. The skin is pinched and elevated towards the groin and an estimate is made for how much skin should be removed. Dr. Hughes designs the surgery so the final scar is hidden in the groin crease. Excess skin and fat are removed and the remaining thigh skin is elevated and tightened.

What is the recovery time for the thigh lift surgery?

Thigh lift surgery is generally well tolerated, but the recovery time is 2-3 weeks. We strongly recommend strict bed rest for the first 10 days--avoiding all movement to help speed up recovery time. Out of island patients who have the thigh lift must stay a minimum of 10 days on island..