Cruroplasty or “thigh lift” is a procedure within plastic and cosmetic surgery that reshapes the thighs, reducing both excess fat and skin.

How do I know if I need a cruroplasty or thigh lift?

There are different types of patients who are candidates for this surgery:

  • On the one hand, there are the patients patients who consult for skin flaccidity. (either due to genetic predisposition or inheritance, or the typical flaccidity acquired during the aging process). In this case, the surgery should focus on removing the excess skin and tissues, and restore the smoothness of the thighs.and restoring smoothness to the thighs.
  • Another type of patients are those who consult for localized fat accumulation in this area (although their skin is smooth and hard, they notice fat deposits under the skin of the thighs). They are young patients or patients with good skin quality and elasticity who maintain smooth thighs but with excess adiposity inside the thighs. In this case, liposuction will be the appropriate treatment.
  • Finally, the patients who have lost a large amount of weight (e.g., after bariatric surgery, gastric balloons, or simply with diet and exercise), and have an excess of skinThe skin, fat, and other tissues, with a characteristic skin flaccidity, folds or flaps are star candidates for cruroplasty surgery: in this case, liposuction and removal of excess skin and tissues must be combined.

If one of these cases is yours or you have doubts, request an initial consultation with DraVillaverde. We will help you define the changes you want to see in yourself.


The objective of the thigh lift is therefore to restore the proper contour to the thighs, and if there is excess adipose tissue, it will also be removed. Therefore, this surgerycombines several techniques: liposuction and/or skin resection, depending on each specific case.

  1. In the first part of the surgery, liposuction of these areas is usually performed, which has to be cautious and protect vascular and nerve structures, as well as lymphatic structures, in order not to cause any complications. It is also very important to use a delicate technique that does not generate depressions or irregularities in the skin.
  2. Subsequently, skin resection and “thigh lift” is performed. It is important to plan carefully to resect the appropriate tissue and leave a natural thigh silhouette and contour, with the appropriate curves of this anatomical region.

In case of excessive resection, the scars would be taut and often widened, or the contour of the thigh and leg would be altered. Wide scars greatly compromise the outcome of cosmetic surgery, and of course so do contour defects.

In the opposite case, if the resection would be too little, the defects would not be totally corrected (sagging, folds and excess tissue would still persist), or the optimal result would not be achieved in that patient.


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  • The approach and pattern of skin resection may vary depending on the technique used, although currently with the development of new surgical techniques the tendency is to be as less aggressive as possible. This pattern of resection will determine the type of resulting scar, and generally the scar is longitudinal and located in the midline of the thighs. Scars in the groin, which were fashionable a few years ago, are not usually necessary, but are increasingly out of use because of their complications, because they displace or deform the contour of the pubis… On occasions in which little tissue has to be removed, the design can be a spindle in the most proximal part of the thigh, oriented transversally to the axis of the thigh.
  • By performing the procedure with a refined technique, eliminating excess adipose and skin tissue, and with adequate suturing of the tissues, the resulting scars are generally not a problem (thin and flat scars, not widened).
  • The thigh lift or cruroplasty is a surgical procedure, and as such, it must be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia, and with the appropriate medical and sanitary team (surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, assistants).
  • The patient is usually admitted to the hospital for less than 24 hours, and is usually discharged the day after surgery.
  • In the postoperative period it is necessary to wear specific pressotherapy garments: they reduce postoperative edema, improve and accelerate healing, and contribute to rapid recovery. These are to be worn several weeks after surgery (4-6 weeks).
  • Recovery is fast, in 7-14 days normal activity can be resumed.
  • Subsequently, the person can lead a normal life without any type of restriction.

In short, if you are considering the possibility of undergoing this procedure, consult your trusted plastic surgeon. Always check the appropriate qualification of your surgeon as a “Specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery”. Your surgeon will perform a clinical assessment and a physical examination, and will advise you if this procedure is indicated in your case, if it is indeed the procedure you really need, or on the contrary will recommend another one.

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