I know what the intended results are but I’d like to know more about how this procedure is actually done

A: what is a thigh lift

A thigh lift involves removing excess skin of the inner and usually upper area of the thigh.  Often after significant weight loss, patients may have loose skin of their inner thigh area which may extend down toward their knees.  There are two basic types of thigh lifts.  One involves an incision which is located in the groin crease and removes the upper thigh skin primarily, this is referred to as a medial thigh lift.  Another type of lift involves more of a vertical incision which extends down the inner aspect of the thigh from groin to knee area.  This latter type of procedure is better suited for patients who have laxity or looseness in both the horizontal and vertical directions.  Usually a small drain is left in place under the skin at the time of surgery which is removed five days later.  Sometimes, patients may also require liposuction of the thigh area at the same time as the thigh lift.  Most patients will take off about one week from work for this procedure.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine which type of thigh lift is best for you and to determine if you are a candidate for this type of surgery.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno