In cases involving substantial weight loss, a body lift might also include removing loose, sagging skin on the thighs.
A thigh lift can be done to correct excess sagging of the inner thigh area. Most often the scar is placed along the inner groin incision and around and under the buttock. This will tighten approximately the upper third of the thigh. If one has loose skin lower down on the thigh, a vertical thigh lift can be done. In this case the scar is far more visible, looking like a scar one gets from a vein harvest for heart surgery. Usually liposuction of the thighs will be done at the same time as a thigh lift.
A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, and most patients spend one night in the hospital or ambulatory surgery center as it takes some practice to figure out how to get around. Recovery from a thigh lift is more difficult than most surgeries as sitting is strictly limited for two weeks. One can stand and lie down, but sitting puts too much pressure on the incisions and also pulls, causing wider scars. A patient should plan for one to two weeks off work and six weeks off any exercising. The first few days, it is necessary for someone to be around to help with the activities of daily living.
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