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Body Contouring: Having a Medial Thigh Lift

Body Contouring: Having a Medial Thigh Lift

Losing a substantial amount of weight is something you imagine will feel good and want to celebrate when it happens. But the reality is that often after considerable weight loss a significant amount of sagging skin is left behind. This extra skin can leave you feeling uncomfortable, frustrated to find clothes that fit, and worst of all, the excess skin can rub and leave you with rashes and sores.

Thigh Lift Surgery: How It Works

A medial thigh lift is your typical, outpatient, plastic surgery that is performed under anesthesia. The procedure will entail:

  1. Liposuction of the inner thigh
  2. Manual removal of any excess fatty tissue through an incision in the thighs
  3. Removal of excess inner thigh skin l
  4. Closure of thigh incisions with sutures

Types of Thigh Lift Surgeries

There are four types of medial thigh body contouring surgeries that can be used to obtain slimmer, sleeker thighs without the excess skin and fatty tissue. They are:

  • Lateral thigh lift: this procedure removes excess skin and tissue from the outside of the thigh
  • Crescent thigh lift: a crescent medial lift will remove skin from the very upper, inner thigh. Your doctor will make an incision where the thigh and groin meet
  • Longitudinal thigh lift: this is also known as a full thigh lift and is the most common medial thigh lift for those who have lost a lot of weight. It works well for people who have an excess of skin and fat extending from the inner thighs down to the knees. A large incision is made from the groin to the knee to remove and tighten the area
  • T-thigh lift: also known as a modified thigh lift. A plastic surgeon will make an incision in the groin and in the inner thigh. How far down the incision will go is determined by the amount of excess skin in the region.

After undergoing body contouring of the thighs the results are immediately seen because the vast amounts of fat, skin and tissue are removed. As with any surgical procedure there will be bruising and swelling after a medial thigh lift, so the final results will take 3-6 weeks to be fully apparent. Once you are healed you can expect much firmer and slender inner and outer thigh areas free of the excess skin and discomfort that was once there.

Medial Thigh Body Contouring Surgery

Around the 3-4 week mark you can expect to be able to move more comfortably and can engage in some non-strenuous activity such as driving and working a sedentary job. After 6 weeks, with your plastic surgeon’s go ahead, you can resume all of your previous activities, and maybe even some new ones!

If you are considering a body contouring thigh lift surgery, consult with Dr. Adil Ladak to see the excellent results he has achieved with this and other cosmetic procedures over the last 20 years. If you are ready for a firmer, smoother thigh area after weight loss contact the team at the Alberta Plastic Surgery Centre in Edmonton to book a consultation. Call (780) 407-6691 or fill out the contact form below.


Q: What is a lower body lift?

A: A lower body lift is a combination of surgeries that are very popular for patients who have had weight loss and are left with a considerable amount of excess skin and tissue. A lower body lift will include:

  • Tummy Tuck
  • Medial Thigh Lift
  • Buttock Lift

Q: What is body contouring vs tummy tuck and breast lift?

A: Body contouring refers to surgeries specifically aimed at removing large amounts of excess, sagging skin and extra fatty tissue, typically around the thighs, arms and midsections. A tummy tuck is considered part of a body contouring surgery and breast lifts are often combined with body contouring surgeries to achieve an overall desired look.

Q: How do I know which thigh lift I need?

A: Because there are multiple ways to complete a medial thigh lift, and they can be used in many surgical combinations, it is best to share your goals with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can advise which options will get you the results you desire.

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