By Rosie Wilson

A report published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows the procedure carries a substantial risk of minor complications.

The journal, which is published on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, contained the results of polling 106 medial thigh lift patients, 68% of whom experienced some level of post-surgical complications.

Dr. Jeffery Adam Gusenoff and a team from the University of Pittsburgh analysed their own experiences with the procedure, which is a body contouring surgery performed on people after major weight loss surgery. The patients had an average age of 45 years, of which 90 of them were women and 16 men.

The most common complications involved wound healing, wound closure and fluid collection. The rate of complication varied depending on how extensive the surgery was, and the majority of complications were managed without need for further surgery – only 6% of the patients who had complications required additional surgery.