Thigh lift: possibilities of surgery in the fight against cellulite

Thigh lift surgery (or hip replacement) is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin from the inner thigh and improve the appearance of the thigh and buttocks area. This plastic surgery is usually performed on patients who have lost a lot of weight and have loose skin on the inner thighs. With the help of the procedure, the skin can be tightened, but at the same time, a scar remains, which will run along the entire length of the thigh when a large amount of skin is removed. Shorter scars remain when a less extensive area of ​​loose skin is removed. The appearance of the scar is difficult to predict for sure, but it disappears over time.

Is it possible to eliminate cellulite with a thigh lift?

You must have heard different information about cellulite and thigh lift. Some experts say that such an operation eliminates cellulite, others say that this is not the case. The truth is somewhere in the middle. A lift can remove cellulite in some, but not all, cases.

During a hip lift, the surgeon removes excess skin while tightening the rest of the skin. This plastic surgery makes the hips smoother, and more attractive, and also makes skin irregularities less noticeable. Determining whether cellulite will be removed during the procedure is relatively easy even at home. You can simply try to tighten the sagging skin on the thighs. If the cellulite disappears, it will probably disappear after the thigh lift. However, if cellulite remains visible, a thigh lift will not eliminate the problem, but will most likely reduce the appearance of cellulite. At the same time, only a specialist can determine the most effective version of the procedure.

Stretch marks on woman's thighs and buttocks

Types of thigh lift

People can develop cellulite on any part of their thighs. During the examination, the plastic surgeon determines which type of brace is suitable for the patient.

Inner thigh lift

Cellulite on the inner thighs is common. In the course of lifting the inner surface of the thighs, the surgeon makes small incisions from the crease between the thigh and groin to the crease in the buttocks. The surgeon then removes excess fat and skin.

Medial thigh lift

People who have cellulite on the inner surface of the upper thighs may need a medical lift. The surgeon starts the incision on the inside of the thigh and ends it at the crease of the buttock.

Vertical thigh lift

Cellulite can be an unwanted side effect of significant weight loss. Many people may notice that their cellulite has become more noticeable after they have lost a lot of weight, so they opt for a vertical lift.

In the course of this procedure, the incision starts from the fold in the groin and goes down to the inner surface of the knee. This allows the surgeon to remove most of the skin and the deep layer of fat.

Spiral thigh lift

Those who have cellulite on the entire surface of the thighs can consider a spiral lift. This surgery targets the inner, outer, front, and back of the thighs, allowing the surgeon to model the entire thigh.

The incision starts right below the buttock and reaches the crease between the thigh and pubis.

Unrecognizable female person showing cellulite on her leg. Isolated on white.

Thigh lift recommendations

If you are concerned about cellulite, a lift can help. However, to begin with, you need to consult with a qualified specialist. A hip lift is not a one-size-fits-all surgery, and a good plastic surgeon will choose the most effective techniques for you.

Also, please note that a thigh lift is not a method of obesity treatment, does not replace diet and exercise. You must reach a stable weight and maintain it for the surgery to be most effective. Further weight loss can lead to tissue deterioration in the thighs.

Good general health is also a requirement for the procedure. Diseases such as diabetes can cause complications during rehabilitation and be dangerous during anesthesia and sedation. A hip lift is best suited for patients who are in good health and have no illnesses or serious pre-existing conditions.