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Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift / Crural Lift

Within aging, the thin skin of the internal thighs loses its elasticity, facilitating sagging. In addition, particularly women tend to accumulate fat deposits at the inner and outer thighs, leading to undesired aesthetic appearance of the legs. The outer thighs may be treated only by liposuction with a good aesthetic result, but if additional skin excess is present on the inner thighs, skin removal often becomes unavoidable in this region to re-tighten the thigh and give it back its youthful appearance. Many of our patients comment positively that there is no more rubbing between both legs during walking or sports.

Technical term: Crural lift

  • Duration of surgery
    90-150 min
  • Anaesthesia
    Sedation or general
  • Discharge from clinic
    Same day or next day
  • Fit for society
    7 days
  • Back to work
    10-14 days
  • Aftercare and recovery
    No sports and special compression garment for 4-6 weeks

What to know before Thigh Lift

What to Know Before Thigh Lift / Crural Lift. Ocean Clinic

Liposuction is in most cases performed before the resection of the excess skin to remove fat tissue. The skin excess is measured and excised the skin of the inner thigh is pulled up and fixated to the strong ligaments of the inguinal area and the periosteum of the pelvic bones. If there is a substantial excess of skin, thigh lift may need to be bi-dimensional with additional vertical skin removal resulting in a T-shaped scar.
In cases of cellulitis or previous operations resulting surface irregularities, autologous fat transfer can be combined with a thigh lift to smoothen out the surface of your legs.  Numerous dermatological treatments can be simultaneously applied either pre-, peri or postoperatively. 

Our goal is to create a scar that lies stable within the inguinal crease and is as short as necessary. The scar will be hidden in most cases when you wear your underwear. Its length depends on the extent of the skin excess. Only in cases of massive weight loss or extreme skin excess we may add a vertical scar which runs up the inner thigh.

Patient testimony

I feel great and sexy. I rediscovered many sports again. I cannot thank you enough.

Maya (54)

The Ocean Clinic is dedicated to avoiding any unnecessary pain. We routinely perform a temporary local nerve block of relevant sensory nerves, thus considerably lowering the pain in the early post-operative period. With an additional combination of one or two painkillers, you should be free of pain. Our suturing is resorbable; there is no need to remove stitches. Postoperative lymphatic drainage is advisable after this kind of procedure. 

We will provide you with a special compression garment to be worn for about 4 to 6 weeks. Do not lift any objects beyond 8kg and avoid sports involving weights during this period.

There are non-specific risks that are connected to any kind of surgical procedures like hematoma, infection, seroma. When choosing the right technique, the restriction of blood supply to the thigh skin (necrosis) is extremely rare. Avoiding smoking for 1 month prior to surgery and 4-6 weeks post-surgery enhances the wound healing process and to minimize risk for nipple necrosis.

Liposuction only in cases of good skin quality.

Our surgeons had numerous congress participations on body-sculpturing, liposuction and scar corrections. We offer an exclusive inter-disciplinary treatment program for post-operative scarring. As key opinion leader for Body-jet® Liposculpturing System, we impart regular master classes and lectures aiming to educate surgeons all around the world on water-assisted liposuction. With this technology we respect the lymphatic network of the leg, therefore we experience much less postoperative edema and edema related complications. The choice of surgical technique and complementary procedures are paramount in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

The next step

Thigh Lift / Crural Lift after surgery and beyond. Ocean Clinic