How Chicago Thigh Lift Plastic Surgery Is Performed

Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your thigh and elevate your thighs.

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within your bikini line.

To tighten and lift the thighs, the surgeon brings loose underlying tissue and muscle together with sutures.

Lower thigh skin is pulled upward, and the excess is removed. The thigh is lifted to a more youthful and higher position.

Where are the incisions placed?

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within the bikini line. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the buttock and medially towards the pubic area, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your back and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. Your plastic surgeon will try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines, but this may not always be possible.

Skin of the upper thigh that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened and improved, but you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance.

The procedure may include tightening of the underlying thigh muscles using sutures.

What are some variations to the common excisional thigh lipectomy technique?

There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. When the amount of loose skin is minimal, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or "mini," thigh lift plastic surgery.

Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with excisional thigh lipectomy, to remove abdominal, lower back and buttock fat.

Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you the particular method that he or she recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.

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