Thigh Lift

The thigh lift, in contrast to arm surgery, is a procedure that is often done for constitutional reasons and not primarily carried out after massive weight loss. The inner thigh zone is a common problem, especially for women that can be corrected very often with liposuction. If the skin is too lax, an improvement of the appearance can be achieved only with a lifting operation.

In recent years, the incidence of thigh tightening has increased dramatically due to progress in successfully treating obesity via surgery ( gastric bypass , stomach stapling , … ).

There are two methods available:

  • crescent-shaped incision in the groin region
  • crescent-shaped incision in the groin region expanded by a straight cut along the inside of the thigh towards the knee.

The method with the crescent-shaped incision reduces the amount of the thigh only slightly, but is able to tighten the skin on the inner thigh.

The method with the extended cut along the inside of the thigh is very effective; it significantly reduces the amount of the thigh.

In the majority of my patients, the excess skin is not serious, so the long incision is rarely necessary therefore the crescent-shaped cut in the groin area is sufficient. The scar is placed so that it comes to lie exactly in the crotch and remains covered in underwear/swimwear.

An important aspect of the thigh lift is to prevent the skin tension in the groin region, which can lead to a further relaxation of the skin and (for women) lead to a downward misalignment of the outer labia. To this end, the taut skin must be attached with a dermis flap to the tight connective tissue of the pubic bone (“Cool’s fascia”).

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1. Can a reduction in thigh circumference also be achieved with liposuction?

If there is no excess skin or when the skin is still firm, quite a good result can be achieved with liposuction alone.

2. What methods of thigh lift are there?

There are basically two methods that depend on the extent of the excess skin to be corrected. With low to moderate skin excess, the procedure can be limited to the groin region, if there is more to do, then the procedure will be extended to the thigh.

3. Where do the scars remain in a thigh lift?

Depending on which method is used, either the scar runs from the groin, starting along the inside of the thigh towards the knee or is limited to the groin region.

4. How noticeable are the scars?

If the skin incision is limited to the groin region, the scar is only visible with a shaved intimate and with legs apart. In the long incision, the scar is clearly visible, but almost always softly heals.

5. Is the surgery performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia?

Both methods of thigh surgery must be performed under general anesthesia.

6. Does the health insurance cover the cost of the procedure?

Only very rarely. In extreme cases, the friction on the inside of the thighs results in such soreness that the costs of the surgery are covered by health insurance.

7. How long is the hospital stay?

In general, you should expect to stay from one to three nights.

8. What complications can occur?

The most common medical complications are bleeding or infection. Both are largely preventable with careful implementation of the procedure. Aesthetic complications may include asymmetrical scars, pulling out the anchoring sutures, distortion of the outer labia, dog-ear formation and keloids. Apart from the keloids, the correction of aesthetic complications by surgery is relatively simple.

9. When are you mobile after a thigh lift?

Barring complications, it usually takes about 10 days to return to normal. For a period of three months, physical activities should be avoided that lead to tension on the inner thigh (stretching, etc.).

10. What are the long-term results after a thigh lift?

If weight fluctuations are avoidable, the long-term results are excellent in general.