An inner thigh lift is a procedure used to improve the contour of your inner thighs. The procedure aims to address contour by reducing the circumference of the thigh through appropriate combinations of fat removal and skin excision.
Who is a good candidate?
The procedure is ideally suited for healthy, non-smokers who have skin laxity and excess fatty tissue throughout their inner thigh region. There are several variations of inner thigh lift operations, and the procedure is tailored to address the individual needs of the patient. Additionally, ideal patients have a stable weight and reasonable expectations regarding final appearance and scar position.
What is the post-operative recovery?
Recovery is around a week or so, although the swelling can persist for several weeks following the procedure. Most patients feel that the majority of swelling has started to resolve after the first month or so. Despite the swelling, there is an immediate contour change in inner thigh appearance following surgery, patients wear a compression garment to assist with swelling for several weeks after the procedure. Overall, scar maturation usually occurs during the course of the first year following the procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
There are several surgical options used to help restore improvement in thigh contour. The most common variations involve an incision placed along the groin crease of the upper/inner thigh that runs within the crease into the lower groin. If skin laxity is more extensive, a vertical scar may provide additional benefit that allows more extensive tightening of the inner thigh contour. This scar runs downward along the inner thigh in the back portion of the inner thigh to assist with making the scar’s appearance as inconspicuous as possible. During the consultation, the specific incision pattern best suited to give you an ideal result will be discussed, as will the possible need for adjunctive procedure like liposuction to other aspects of the thigh and knee region.
All procedures are performed in the comfort of our accredited on-site operating room under a light general anesthetic. Use of IV sedation alone is an option for some patients and we will be happy to provide guidance regarding how to ensure your comfort and safety during the inner thigh-lift procedure.
What type of result can I expect?
The inner thighs will have a substantial improvement in contour and shape that is appreciable during even the first post-operative day. Swelling can persist for several weeks following surgery and final contour may not be appreciable for several months. Scars are typically well-concealed, but may be more visible if extensive skin resection is necessary. Patients are encouraged to understand the trade-off between contour improvement and scar appearance. All efforts are made to keep the incisions in inconspicuous locations, although their final appearance is somewhat variable. Scar management is an important part of the post-operative process, and these details will be reviewed during follow-up visits.
What are the potential risk and complications?
Risks include standard aspects seen with all surgery, like bleeding and infection. Fortunately, these are rarely seen. More frequently encountered complications include things like small areas of delayed healing that may require short-courses of antibiotic ointment to assist with healing or unfavorable scarring that may benefit from steroid injections during the early post-operative period. Incisions placed within groin creases have a small risk of migration or widening that may require revision based on the extent this occurs.
Are there additional relevant considerations regarding this procedure?
What can be done to help minimize the appearance of surgical scars along my inner thigh? During your post-operative visits, Drs. Grotting and Cohn will review the use of different scar crèmes that may help with minimizing scar visibility. Compression garments and scar massage have also been shown to assist with favorable scar maturation. Having a realistic expectation regarding the time course for complete scar maturation and appearance is important and this will be reviewed at the time of your initial consultation.