A thigh reduction removes excess skin from the thigh and can have impressive results, but does have a vertical scar from the knee to the perineum
The procedure leaves a well concealed scar – but, as for brachioplasty, the quality of the scar is not predictable, it all depends on the individual. In the case of patients with severe excess leg skin, there is no other choice for the patient.
Lower body lift (Thigh and Buttock lift)
If you have been left with loose or baggy skin around your bottom and thighs after losing a large amount of weight, a thigh and/or buttock lift (a lower body lift) could help to give you a smoother, more trim looking figure.
Excess skin and fat are removed through incisions on the thigh and/or buttocks. For an inner thigh lift the incisions will be up the inner thigh. For outer thigh and buttock lifts cuts may be made just above the buttocks. It is better to have a buttock or thigh lift after you have achieved your target weight.
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The timing of cosmetic surgery following weight loss
Ideally patients who would like cosmetic surgery following large weight loss should wait until they have reached their target weight. However if a patient had lost a lot of fat from one area in particular and has significant excess skin this may be a reason to have cosmetic surgery earlier.
A weight loss patient would also need to be biochemically stable and be psychologically and emotionally prepared for further surgery. Patients also may need to understand that they may have to have a two stage procedure but the consultant would discuss this with them during consultation.