Thighplasty (thigh lift) is surgery that removes excess skin and fat from your thighs.
One goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance of your thighs by removing the "dimpled look" produced by cellulite.
Many people choosing a Thighplasty procedure have excess skin as a result of weight loss, or simply because of the natural effects of aging.
Thighplasty removes excess fat and skin from the inner and outer thighs to create a tighter, firmer, more toned thigh appearance.
A thigh lift usually lasts several hours. You may be given local or general anesthesia depending on the surgical plan you and your doctor have developed. The surgery begins with an incision in the groin area, near the hip. After the incision is made, your surgeon separates the skin on your thigh from the fat and muscle below by pulling the flap of skin upwards. Then, your surgeon removes the excess skin and stretches the remaining skin back in place.
When the procedure is complete, your surgeon closes the incisions with small stitches and covers them with bandages. A small drainage tube may be inserted in your skin for several days to drain excess fluid from the surgery.
* Information courtesy of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
* Photos courtesy of American Society of Plastic Surgeons