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After significant weight loss, one area that commonly experiences skin laxity is the upper thighs. While most people think of the stomach as being the prime location for excess skin, this effect can occur on other parts of the body as well, including the legs. If this is a concern you’re struggling with, thigh lift surgery can help remove the loose skin and restore a more natural-looking and appealing contour to the upper legs.

Multiple techniques are available to address excess skin on the thighs. A medial thigh lift is intended to remove loose skin on the inner thighs. A lateral thigh lift, on the other hand, enhances the outer thighs and can be used to lift the buttock area as well. The incision begins near the groin and travels up and around the hip, continuing around and under the buttocks (if required) to attain the best result. Liposuction is often combined with a lateral thigh lift to further contour the upper legs and restore a firmer, more youthful look. While some scarring is to be expected, most patients are so thrilled with their final outcome they don’t mind the marks, which typically heal well and can be hidden with clothing.

If you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight but are self-conscious about your appearance due to skin laxity, we can help. Talk to our medical team today to see what we can do for you.

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