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When a patient develops excess skin and fat in the upper inner or outer thighs, it can be a bothersome situation.  The large fat deposits result in the inner thighs rubbing together and outer thighs making their hips look too wide. Such patients do not like to be seen in swimsuits.

What can be done about excess thigh fat and skin?  It depends on the severity of the problem, the age of the patient, and the location of the deformity.  Once the patient has done weight loss, if the problem is persistent, liposuction may be helpful in the younger patient.  If the problem is pronounced, it may require surgical correction.

The operation for medial thigh skin and fat consists of the excision of a crescent-shaped segment of full-thickness skin and fat undermining over the inner muscle fascia. The skin is advanced and secured to the region of natural folds in front. It extends along a natural fold and into the posterior buttock crease. If the buttock and lateral thighs are loose and hanging, this is best corrected with an incision at the waistline and special instruments are used to loosen the subcutaneous attachments and allow the buttock and lateral thighs to be elevated with excision of excess skin at the waistline.

If the leg requires circumferential tightening, then a central segment of skin and fat of the inner thigh must also be excised. In all of these operations, the sutures are placed beneath the skin to avoid any cross-hatching marks and make the scars as least visible as possible.

If you have a problem with the appearance of your buttocks, inner, or outer thighs, be sure to call our office and schedule a consultation.

(Before and after pictures coming soon.)