Thigh and Buttock Lift at Nashville Cosmetic Surgery
A thigh lift can correct loose sagging skin on the inner thighs. Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight have excess skin along the front and inside portion of the thighs from the groin down to the knee. Liposuction can be used to thin any excess fat, but it will not tighten and elevate the loose skin. To do this, a surgical thigh lift is the best option.
For upper thigh laxity, a Medial Thigh Lift with an incision hidden in the groin crease and buttock crease can remove excess skin and recontour the inner thighs. Many weight loss patients have loose skin extending down the leg all the way to the knees. These patients need a different procedure since a medial thigh lift will not take care of the loose tissue on the lower thigh. Dr. Griffin recommends a procedure that he calls a Stocking Seam Thigh Lift. This procedure combines the groin and buttock incision of the Medial Thigh Lift with an incision extending down the inner thigh to the knee just like a vertical stocking seam only inside the leg instead of down the back of the leg. Both the Medial Thigh Lift and Stocking Seam Thigh Lift can be combined with liposuction to maximize the improvement in leg contour.
This patient came to Dr. Griffin to discuss tissue laxity in her trunk, buttocks and thighs after massive weight loss. Dr. Griffin performed a Mid-Body Lift and Thigh Lift to improve the contour of her trunk and thighs.
What to Expect:
A Medial Thigh Lift takes 1 to 2 hours and is usually an outpatient procedure. A Stocking Seam Thigh Lift takes 2 to 4 hours and may require an overnight stay. These procedures are commonly done together with a Mid-Body Lift in massive weight loss patients to treat the lower body laxity as a combined unit. Drains are placed in the thigh and usually remain about one week. Patients are able to get up and walk the day of surgery, but will have limited activity for 2 to 3 weeks. Incisions will gradually fade over time, but may take 12 months to completely heal.