What are the different types of thighplasty?
Dr. Balinger employs a number of advanced thigh lift techniques to suit your requirements and goals for surgery.
Mini thigh lift
This minimalistic type of thigh lift is used to reduce sagging skin in the upper parts of the inner thigh. The surgeon creates a small incision in the groin area, through which excess skin is removed. Liposuction may be used to remove unwanted fat. A mini thigh lift can create a smaller and smoother appearance with minimal dents and bumps. This technique is recommended for patients who have a modest amount of excess fat and skin. To be eligible for a mini thigh lift, you should have a BMI of 30 or less.
Vertical thigh lift
This technique is designed for individuals with excessive skin stretching around their thighs. While an inner thigh lift will focus on the upper area, this method lifts the middle and lower thighs, as well. A larger incision is required so the surgeon can remove an ellipse-shaped area of skin. This type of thigh lift is sometimes called a “crescent lift” because of the type of incision used. Scarring is more visible and will require a more aggressive scar management regimen to ensure proper fading.
Inner/medial thigh lift
The skin around your upper thigh may lose its elasticity and start to sag after you lose a significant amount of weight. Aging can also contribute to loss of elasticity. In a medial thigh lift, the surgeon addresses the inner part of the upper thigh. The focus of the procedure is to trim loose skin and remove unwanted fat to reveal a more attractive appearance. Incisions are placed in the crease between the thigh and the pubic area to reduce visible scarring. This approach is recommended for individuals who have struggled with saggy thighs that no exercise or diet seems to resolve.
Outer/lateral thigh lift
With this technique, the surgeon may focus on the thighs and accumulated weight in the buttock and waist areas, similar to a lower body lift. Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat from the buttocks and sides of the thighs. Excess tissue is pulled up and secured at the hip bone level, creating tighter, smoother surfaces with no dimples or ripples. It requires a significant incision that can be concealed by most bathing suits and underwear. If you are looking for a more significant improvement in most of your lower body area, an outer/lateral thigh lift in Houston may be right for you.
Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best thigh lift procedure for you. He is happy to discuss the pros and cons of each approach during your consultation at our Houston plastic surgery office.