Should I Have A Full Thigh Lift Or A Mini Thigh Lift With Liposuction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I think I want thigh lift only whether it’s a mini thigh lift with some liposuction or full thigh lift. Please give me estimate price for both. Can’t wait to hear back from you. Thanks!

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. Thigh lifts in patients that look like you are very tough in my opinion in regards to the decision to trade into a scar given the amount of loose skin and skin quality that you have. Thigh lift scars in general do fairly poorly in most people because they are incisions closed under tension and are placed vertically which is perpendicular to the relaxed skin tension lines of the leg. (a recipe for poor scarring)

Like many types of extremity lifts (e.g., arm lifts, thighs lifts) the scarring does best in patients who have undergone large amounts of weight loss and the skin is very loose and stretched out. In people with much better skin quality who are not weight loss patients (you) the scarring will not be good as all. Thus I would be very cautious about considering this operation and I would certainly not dive right in. (full vertical thigh lifts) At best liposuction and a limited upper thigh lift would be the most you should consider. (and even that I cannot really endorse based on the pictures you have submitted)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana