Many of my patients ask a very important question about the thigh lift procedure.
What about the scar?
I feel that for the most part, the scar is the primary concern for many patients. Also, the healing and evolution of the scar is something that not everybody anticipates as they go into that procedure.
In general, thigh lifts are done with one of two types of scars: the crescent lift, with a scar hidden entirely inside the groin crease, and the vertical lift, which has a scar running down the inner portion of the thigh. The extent and length of the scar are typically related to the amount of extra skin that must be removed.
A very important detail that is important to point out is how that scar evolves over time. a well-placed scar within the groin crease can be virtually imperceptible over time. However, in some cases, the scar may not be exactly in the crease and can be visible. Additionally, a dreaded complication of thigh lift – especially the crescent thigh lift – is spreading or widening of the vulva as a result of excessive scarring. This can be both disfiguring and very uncomfortable. It can be difficult to treat. It is for this reason, that your surgeon must have extensive experience with the procedure and be very careful with scar placement and management.
Traditionally, the vertical scar along the inner portion of the leg has been dreaded by many patients because the scar can be so thick and red. I have found that with modified techniques, the extent of the scar can be absolutely minimized and its color and thickness treated with excellent postoperative scar management and possibly laser therapy. With care and time, the scar can be VERY minimal and quite acceptable to patients. I agree with your comment that there are very few photos of the scar online. I will ask my office to put some up in my profile and we will try to share on our social media.
It is important to understand that with the thigh lift, it is common for small portions of the scar to open during the healing process. With good wound care, these will deal very well and are often a normal part of the process.
A thigh lift is a very challenging and complicated procedure that requires skill experience and great patient care. It’s critical that you use a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of plastic surgery and has extensive experience with the procedure.
I wish you the best,