Thigh lift is a procedure to help remove excess fat and soft tissues around the thighs. It is best used in conjunction with weight loss, regular exercise and a balanced diet. Sometimes it is combined with liposcution and buttock lift to give the best results in this area. A thigh lift involves an incision being made, which will depend on each individual’s thigh and excess soft tissue. Excess skin and soft tissue are removed before suturing the incisions and allowing the healing process to commence.
Why Do People Get a Thigh Lift?
The most common reason for a thigh lift is to smooth and contour the thigh area after significant weight loss. The procedure can also remove extra loose skin resulting from this. There are multiple types of thigh lift to suit each patient’s needs and desired look.
The Thigh Lift Procedure Explained
A Thigh lift procedure usually takes around 2-3 hours depending on how large the target area is and the procedure and surgery will likely be carried out under general anaesthetic. Different methods will suit each patient:
- Inner (medial) thigh lift: This is the most common form of this surgery, which targets sagging skin in your inner thighs through an incision from your groin down toward your knee
- Mini thigh lift: Focuses on the upper-inner thigh area. This procedure has less incisions than others, requiring only one in the groin area
- Outer (bilateral) thigh lift: This procedure targets the outside areas of your thighs. It requires an incision from your groin, extending outward to your hip and lower back area.
- Vertical thigh lift: This procedure may be the most effective if you have much excess skin in all areas of your thighs. It requires larger incisions that extend down to your knees. It carries a higher risk than the other forms; therefore, it will need to be discussed with your surgeon specifically.
- Lift with liposuction: Some cases may require liposuction in addition to surgery to remove excess fat cells and prevent sagging skin.
What Are The Risks of a Thigh Lift?
The risks always should be discussed in length with the surgeon performing the procedure before undergoing a thigh lift, but generally speaking, the risks may include:
- Bleeding, infection
- Depending on an individual’s desire to keep post-surgery cosmesis, it is recommended to remain active, healthy diet and have an ideal weight
- Risk of recurrence
- Blood clots, DVT
- Bulges and lumpiness of soft tissue and fat
How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost?
- Although it varies from clinic to clinic, the average cost of a facelift from a reputable clinic can be between £5500 and £7000.
- This treatment is not usually available on the NHS. However, it may occasionally be provided on the NHS for psychological or other health reasons.