How extensive is a vertical thigh lift?

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I'm getting rather confused with all these thigh lift techniques. Can someone please explain to me what a vertical thigh lift is, how long would the incision be, and if it's on the inside or outside of the leg? I hope it's on the inside. It would be less visible that way.

Mimesis

F, 54, Virginia

A vertical thigh lift is usually a pretty large incision compared to other thigh lift options. Vertical incisions are typically performed on the inner part of the thigh. The surgeon cuts a large oval spanning from your pubic area to the side of your knee. This surgery in particular is usually performed as treatment for those with significant weight loss who are trying to get rid of excess skin and decrease the actual size of their legs. Vertical thighplasties are for saggy skin and are not an effective substitution for liposuction or extended inner thigh surgeries which are more appropriate options for people trying to lose fat on their thighs.

A vertical thigh lift is usually a pretty large incision compared to other thigh lift options. Vertical incisions are typically performed on the inner part of the thigh. The surgeon cuts a large oval spanning from your pubic area to the side of your knee. This surgery in particular is usually performed as treatment for those with significant weight loss who are trying to get rid of excess skin and decrease the actual size of their legs. Vertical thighplasties are for saggy skin and are not an effective substitution for liposuction or extended inner thigh surgeries which are more appropriate options for people trying to lose fat on their thighs.

Vertical thigh lifts are almost always performed on the inner thigh, with a scar that runs a good part of the length of your inner thigh. The exception would be if you have lost a very large amount of weight and there is shaping that needs done on both sides to keep it looking even. Even more rare is the situation where, after weight loss, the backs and outer portions of the thighs really are the trouble areas, in which case an outer, but not vertical lift is done. The good news is, an inner vertical thigh lift shapes the entire upper leg. If you are looking for just some improvement on the upper 1/3 of your inner thigh, consider a mini lift. The scar is much smaller and well-hidden.

Two years ago, I underwent bariatric surgery and experienced a massive weight loss. Unfortunately, I was left with a lot of excess skin. While I was happy to have lost the weight, I was left feeling self-conscious about my skin. My plastic surgeon said that a thigh lift would be able to correct the problem. Because of the amount of skin I needed to have removed, I underwent a vertical thigh lift. This procedure is very extensive. An incision was made in my groin and extended down to my inner thigh. Then a large amount of thigh skin and tissues got removed. My scar was long, a lot longer than a scar for any other type of thigh lift would be. The scar does get lighter over time. The benefit of having a vertical thigh lift is that it provides better results than other methods.

I know how overwhelming it can be to be bombarded by all of these thigh lift options! Hopefully I can narrow it down for you. With the vertical thigh lift, it's a pretty significant procedure that can take more than 2-3 weeks in order to recover and have the vertical incision scars heal properly. Given that the vertical thigh lift requires the patient to undergo general anesthesia, I think it's fair to assume that it's a pretty extensive procedure. One thing you should be aware of is the potential scarring that comes with such an extensive procedure. There's always the chance that the scar will expand and leave either vertical or horizontal marks, so this is something you want to take into consideration when deciding on your surgery. With the vertical thigh lift, more skin is removed so the scarring can of course be significant, but with patience, overtime, the scar will fade.