Thigh lift

Thigh lift: For a firmer thigh skin

The thigh lift (or cruroplasty) removes excess skin on the inner side of the thighs. This lift firms and tones the entire upper part of the thighs.

The indications: Distended skin

The slackening of the skin on the thighs comes from two main causes: progressive ageing or significant weight loss. During the diagnosis, the surgeon takes into account the morphology of the thighs, in particular the importance of the fatty overload, the quality of the skin and the muscle tone.

The thigh lift can be combined with a body lift, an operation that removes excess skin on the middle third of the body in one go.

Lifting des cuisses | Thigh lift

The process of the intervention

The thigh lift is done under general anaesthesia with one night in the clinic and lasts about two hours.

The operation is performed in two stages:

The aspiration of the fat

All excess fat on the inner side of the thighs is removed. Only the excess skin that has not shrunk as a result of thigh liposuction is then removed.

Removal of excess skin

There are two incision techniques depending on the extent of skin slackening.

  • Moderate skin excess: There is a horizontal scar near the groin fold that extends to the gluteal fold. This scar is totally hidden in the underwear.
  • Significant skin excess: There is a T-shaped scar that combines the horizontal scar with a more or less long vertical scar on the inner side of the thigh.

At the end of the operation, the surgeon stitches and then applies a bandage.

What happens after the operation

Thigh lifts cause little pain. They are usually limited to slight tightness. The dressing is removed the day after the operation. There is bruising and swelling for two to three weeks. The patient must wear a compression garment day and night for 1 month.

The stitches are removed after 15 days. The patient can go back to work after seven to ten days and sport after two months. The alteration in thigh sensitivity that sometimes occurs disappears after a few months.

The results

The result is visible immediately and becomes definitive after three months. The entire upper thighs are slimmed and reshaped with firmer skin.

The scar takes on its definitive aspect after one year.

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