The type of incision utilized when performing thigh lift surgery is entirely dependent upon the patients anatomy and aesthetic goals. When the deformity is relatively mild a horizontal incision can be placed in the groin crease. This incision is nicely hidden in this location and usually provides a good aesthetic result.
When the deformity is more significant and excess tissue is present in multiple dimensions, a more aggressive procedure is indicated. This procedure will require excision of excess tissue in both the vertical and horizontal plains. This usually involves extending the transverse incision along the inner aspect of the thigh to the level of the knee.
Both of these incisions remove and tighten excess thigh skin and significantly improve thigh contour. They are associated with high satisfaction rates amongst patients. Unfortunately, both horizontal and vertical thigh lift incisions can be associated with unattractive scars. For this reason, meticulous surgical technique is necessary whenever performing this procedure. Horizontal incisions can be easily hidden by clothing along the groin crease, but in many cases there’s no way to hide the vertical incision.
If you’re considering thigh lift surgery consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to address your concerns.