If you feel the need to wear long pants in the middle of summer because of unattractive loose skin on your thighs, a thigh lift may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Excess skin on the inner and outer thighs is a common problem after massive weight loss. These folds of skin can rub together, causing irritation or limiting your choice of clothing. Through thigh lift surgery, Dr. O’Toole trims away this excess skin using small incisions that are discreetly concealed on your inner thighs.
Thigh Lift Procedure
Los Angeles & Pasadena California
The Thigh Lift Procedure
Depending on your skin laxity and the severity of the problem, your thigh lift will be performed in one of two ways:
- Transverse skin excision – For patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, an incision will be made in the upper thigh area, leaving your scar hidden within your groin crease.
- Vertical skin excision – If you have excessive skin laxity (usually the case for bariatric or massive weight loss patients), a larger vertical incision will give you the best results. The scar will be longer, running from your medial thigh to your knee.
If you would benefit from fat removal as well as skin removal, Dr. O’Toole may recommend performing liposuction in conjunction with your thigh lift. Thigh lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia. An overnight stay is typically not required.
Thigh Lift Candidates
As long as you are in strong overall health and have realistic expectations about what a thigh lift can accomplish, you should be a good candidate for this procedure. A thigh lift is especially appropriate for patients who have undergone massive weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or another method, as this tends to leave the most excess skin.
However, patients who have lost skin tone and elasticity because of the aging process may also be good candidates for a thigh lift. During a personal consultation, Dr. O’Toole will examine your skin and your medical history to determine whether or not a thigh lift would be right for you.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in a thigh lift, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin O’Toole, MD, FACS. We serve patients in the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Arcadia areas.