Thigh lift (Includes outer or lateral thigh lift, inner or medial thigh lift, thigh reduction)
What is it?Thigh lift is the tightening of the thighs in people who
want them tighter but for whom liposuction is not suitable.
Liposuction will not work if there is significant tissue laxity
or sag. However liposuction alone will work if your skin
is fairly firm. Outer thigh lift corrects the “saddlebag” and
“jodhpur” deformity, while medial thigh lift corrects the inner
thighs. Lateral thigh lift is often performed together with
abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and makes up part of a body
lift but it can be performed alone.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Mr Callan has over 20 years experience at this procedure. He
performs thigh lift regularly and keeps up to date with the
latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon, Mr Callan
performs this procedure to the highest standard available.
Can I see photographs?You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of people who have had the type of thigh lift you
may be suitable for.
Who has thigh lift?Women and men who have excess tissue on the outer thighs
and perhaps the hips are suitable for a lateral thigh lift. Men
or women who have excess all the way around the thigh, and
especially the inner thigh, are candidates for a medial thigh
lift. People with thigh laxity with or without excess fat are
good candidates for thigh lift. You can check this by pulling
up the thighs with your hands in front of a mirror. If it makes
a big difference then you may be suitable for a thigh lift. If it
doesn’t, liposuction alone may work.
Am I suitable?You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting a thigh lift and happy with your informed decision. You
should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal crisis
is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.
What would make me unsuitable for surgery?Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. It depends on the
type of thigh lift you have but generally an incision is made
and the thigh tissue tightened by lifting while the excess is
removed. There are three types of thigh lift. Lateral thigh lift
is the removal of excess tissue (skin and fat) from the hips
which then lifts and tightens the outer thighs. It involves
incisions at the hip. Lateral thigh lift is often performed
together with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or with a body
lift. Medial thigh lift has two versions. In the first there isa
transverse incision high up in the groin (concentric medial
thigh lift). Mr Callan rarely perform this type of thigh lift as
the results are not always optimal. In the second type, for
most cases, there is a vertical incision along the inner thigh
(vertical medial thigh lift). The medial thigh lift tightens the
What are the benefits?What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. If
the weight and volume of the excess thigh tissue distresses
you, then removing it may be a great relief and may make you
feel better about your appearance in general.
What are the risks?All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself a
stress free time during which to recover. The particular risks
and complications of this surgery will be discussed at your
first consultation. The most common is fluid collection under
the skin. Occasionally the incision may take a little extra time
to heal but overall this procedure goes very smoothly. There
are other risks common to all surgery and you will be made
aware of these.
Will I have scars?The incision lines for the surgery will always be present, but
fade considerably over the first six to twelve months. As a
rule the incision lines become relatively inconspicuous in most
people and can be covered by clothing.
How long will I be in hospital for?Thigh lift can be a day procedure but usually requires
an overnight stay, depending on how you are after the
anaesthetic. Someone will need to take you home from
hospital and should stay with you the first night. Thigh lif t
is not a particularly painful procedure but can be a little
uncomfortable if the tension on the skin is high. You will be
given medication to keep you comfortable.
How long will I need to recover?This varies but usually ranges from two to six weeks. If your
activities are sedentary you may only need a couple of weeks,
but if you do heavy work and lifting you may need up to six
weeks. It’s a good idea to take some time off from more
strenuous activities so you don’t prolong your recovery. The
same guidelines apply to exercise, with mild to moderate
exercise allowed early on and full aerobic activities after six
weeks. You can shower after surgery. You must not drive until
you are fully recovered from both the anaesthetic and the
discomfort of surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Do I wear a garment after surgery?You will need to wear a pressure garment after surgery for
three weeks. This helps the healing process and reduces
the possibility of fluid colections. It also keeps you compact
Will I need to be seen after surgery?Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days, then wil see you about five days after
surgery, then at three weeks and at three months then a year.
You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any