Weight changes may result in excess skin along the inner and outer thigh and the buttocks. A lateral thigh lift uses incisions which extend from the hips around to the back to remove outer excess tissue and to lift the buttocks.
This procedure is indicated only for patients with significant excess skin problems as the operation requires difficult to hide scars. Lateral thigh lift is usually combined with abdominoplasty. A medial thigh lift uses incisions made in the groin crease and inside of the leg to remove inner excess tissue. This procedure is usually performed by itself.
Lateral thigh lift recovery is well tolerated. When combined with abdominoplasty, however, overnight hospital stay is recommended. Return to work is variable, but is usually 2-3 weeks. Any problems are usually related to delayed wound healing, prolonged drainage, or poor scarring. As with all cosmetic surgery, realistic and motivated patients are usually very happy with their results.