Which Thigh Lift Technique Is Right for You?

Vishnu Rumalla Feb 8, 2019

An illustration of a medial thigh lift and an extended medial thigh liftA thigh lift is a surgical procedure that makes it possible for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their thighs due to saggy, loose skin.

Extreme weight loss, aging, and genetics can all leave the thighs looking flabby, despite the underlying muscles being toned. At Tarrant Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla offers a variety of thigh lift techniques to meet each patient's needs at our practice in Fort Worth, TX.

If you would like to have more toned and sculpted thighs, one of these thigh lift techniques may be right for you. To find out, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rumalla.

Mini Thigh Lift

For those with minimal sagging on the thighs, a mini thigh lift may be the right choice. A mini thigh lift treats minor sagging and fatty tissue within the upper third of the leg using a short incision in the groin area.

Because the incision is small and minimal tissue is removed, recovery is often faster with a mini thigh lift than other thigh lift techniques.

Inner Thigh Lift

An inner thigh lift addresses excess tissue and fat within the inner thigh and can help those who haven't been able to achieve the look they want from diet and exercise alone. An inner thigh lift can also help those with loose, sagging skin from aging or significant weight loss achieve firmer, slimmer inner thighs.

During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made at the top of the thigh, where the leg meets the groin. Using this discreet incision, excess skin and sometimes fatty tissue are removed and the skin is tightened, improving the contours of the thighs.

Medial Thigh Lift

A medial thigh lift targets the upper portion of the inner thigh, helping to remove unwanted fat and excess skin. A medial thigh lift can help those who have had difficulty achieving their desired thigh shape through diet and exercise, as well as those who have loose skin from the effects of aging and significant weight loss.

Medial thigh lifts are performed by making an incision along the groin area and down about a third of the inner thigh. A triangular shape, or wedge, of tissue is then removed and the skin is pulled tight and smooth.

Extended Medial Thigh Lift

An extended medial thigh lift is generally best suited to those with excessive loose skin, as is often seen with extreme weight loss. Extended medial thigh lifts target the full thigh, helping smooth the skin and eliminate excess loose skin and fat that won't go away with diet and exercise alone.

During an extended medial thigh lift, an incision is made at the groin in a wedge shape similar to a medial thigh lift. Unlike a medial thigh lift, incisions continue down the length of the inner thigh to just above the knee area. The skin is then tightened and smoothed, excess tissue is trimmed, and the incisions is closed.

Bilateral Thigh Lift

A bilateral thigh lift is used to tighten the skin on the front and outside of the thigh rather than the inner thigh, which is why it's sometimes called an outer thigh lift. A bilateral thigh lift is best suited to those with significant sagging skin, like with extreme weight loss, and can even help lift the buttocks.

With a bilateral thigh lift, an incision is made in the crease at the top of the leg where underwear or a bathing suit bottom sits. The incision is made in a “V” shape and may extend to the hip or buttocks depending on how much tissue needs to be removed. Once excess tissue is removed, the skin is pulled tight and sutured in place.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about thigh lift techniques, or to find out if you're a candidate, please call our friendly staff at (817) 741-6800 or (817) 741-6801 to schedule a consultation.

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