What is thigh reduction and brachioplasty?
Thigh reduction, or 'thigh lift', is a cosmetic surgery that involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the thigh area. The procedure may be performed in combination with other procedures such as liposuction.
Where the skin is too loose for liposuction alone to result in a thigh reduction with a good skin appearance, a thigh reduction with skin removal would be required.
Who is it for?
Those who choose to undergo thigh reduction surgery usually have large amounts of skin or fatty tissue in the thigh area. In many cases, this is due to ageing or a major weight loss. Many patients suffer from chafing between the legs, making activities challenging.
In many cases, the procedure is done in combination with liposuction in an effort to further empty the loose skin of any fat. This allows the surgeon to only remove skin while preserving all of the important structures in the patient's legs such as nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics.
How is it done?
Thigh reduction involves a general anaesthetic and a hospital stay.
Thigh reduction is most commonly performed with liposuction. An incision is made in the groin crease from front to back, or down the inner thigh in the most inside, hard-to-see part of the thigh. Excess tissue is removed and wounds are carefully stitched or stapled closed, sometimes with permanent internal anchoring sutures, keeping all the incisions hidden by clothing. This method takes two to three hours and is used to remove skin and excess fatty tissue in both the front and back of the thigh. An alternative technique involves making an incision on the inner thigh from the groin down to slightly above the knee only. Skin and fatty tissue are removed before the skin is sutured together.