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Thigh lift

Crural dermolipectomy

The thighs are areas prone to fat accumulation and sagging skin. Crural dermolipectomy, also known as a thigh lift, aims to reduce excess fat and sagging skin in the inner and upper thighs.

During the procedure, an incision is made which can extend from the inguinal fold to the gluteal fold and, in some cases, to the knee. This incision allows liposuction to treat localized fat and the removal of excess skin.

Due to the natural movements of the area and gravity, scars may not have an ideal aesthetic quality and may require additional procedures to improve their appearance.

Further information about the thigh lift

Cruroplasty is indicated for patients who have sagging skin, excess fat or ptosis (drooping) in the thigh tissues, which can be caused by various factors, including weight gain or loss, ageing or genetic predisposition.

The Different Levels of Treatment:

  1. First level:

    • Fat gain without sagging skin or tissue loss.
    • In younger patients, the skin generally has good elasticity and can be treated with conventional liposuction or SLIMLIPO.
  2. Second level:

    • Mild sagging of the skin, with or without increased fat, and slight tissue loss.
    • It may involve a combination of liposuction and skin resection along the inguino-crural fold, and a “Mini T” scar may be necessary in selected cases.
  3. Third level:

    • Moderate to severe sagging skin, with or without increased fat.
    • It involves the surgical resection of skin and fat, resulting in a T-shaped scar on the inside of the thigh.

Preoperative Cruroplasty

Postoperative Cruroplasty

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Answers about the thigh lift

Crural Dermolipectomy: The most frequently asked questions about thigh lifts

Yes, scars can be visible, but their aesthetic quality depends on several factors, including the surgical technique and the patient’s ability to heal.

It usually takes a few months for the patient to see the final result of thigh lift surgery, as the swelling subsides and the scars mature.

  • Discomfort is common after surgery, but is manageable with medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon.

Thigh lift surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the patient’s preferences and the surgeon’s recommendation.

Surgery time can vary, but generally takes between two and four hours, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Most patients can be discharged on the same day as surgery or the following day, although this can vary according to the extent of the procedure and the patient’s individual response.

Yes, suitable dressings are applied after surgery to protect the incisions and aid healing.

The stitches are usually removed at a follow-up appointment about one to two weeks after surgery, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation.

Full bathing is usually allowed after a few days, as advised by the surgeon, avoiding directly wetting the incisions.

This depends on the specific health plan and the patient’s individual conditions. It is advisable to check coverage with your health insurance before the procedure.

Possible risks of a thigh lift

PLASTIC SURGERY, like any other surgery, has risks and complications, some of which are specific to it and others that are generic to any type of surgery. These include:


1. Allergies: Some medications or products used during surgery can cause allergic reactions, which can even lead to death. Allergic reactions are patient-dependent and can occur either to medicines or products that the patient has never had contact with, or to those that they have had previous contact with, even if they didn’t have a previous reaction.
2. Infection: Our body is colonized by countless bacteria, with which, at first, we live in extreme harmony. However, after surgery, they can cause infection, requiring treatment with antibiotics and rarely re-operation.
3. Hematoma: Accumulation of blood in the operated area, from a vessel that was not bleeding at the end of the operation, but did so in the immediate post-operative period. It can be treated by aspiration with a syringe and needle or, rarely, re-operation may be necessary.

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