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Thigh Lift

Loosely, flabby skin in the thighs is a common concern, usually caused by major weight loss, the natural aging process, or genetic predisposition. A thigh lift procedure is performed to tighten, firm, and reshape the tissues, lifting the skin to achieve a smoother, more toned, and youthful-looking contour.


The procedure removes excess skin and fat and literally lifts the soft tissues of the legs. There are several different types of procedures that may be performed depending upon the patient’s needs and goals, and may include bilateral, medial, or inner thigh lift to adequately remove excess skin. This surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery for even better results.


A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours. Depending on your needs, the thigh lift technique will vary to achieve your exact goals. Each type of thigh lift has different incision points, but these are usually at the top of the leg near the lower underwear line or from the groin to the crease of the buttock. Using these incisions, excess skin and small amounts of fat are removed, and the remaining skin is lifted and secured to achieve a tight, sculpted shape. Thigh lift types may include the following:

  • Inner thigh lift
    An inner thigh lift tightens loose skin of the upper inner thighs, and lifts and firms the thigh tissues. This procedure can help patients achieve the desirable “thigh gap.”
  • Vertical thighplasty
    The vertical thighplasty technique is designed to creator a tighter, smoother contour of the entire inner thigh.
  • Outer thigh lift
    During an outer thigh lift, excess sagging skin and fat are removed from the outer thighs. This technique requires a longer incision from the middle thigh to the knee. This procedure lifts the entire thigh and buttocks.

Whichever thigh lift technique you choose, deep sutures are used to ensure there is no residual sagging once the incisions heal. Drains will be placed to allow excess fluid to flow out of the area as you heal. These will be removed after several days.

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A thigh lift provides many benefits for patients who want to tighten and firm their thighs and achieve a tighter, more sculpted appearance. Benefits include the following:

  • Lifts and contours the thighs, removing excess skin and fat
  • Creates a more shapely, appealing physique
  • Achieves more comfort in the area, as thighs no longer rub together
  • Exercise is easier and more comfortable
  • Eliminates chafing and rashes
  • Resolves cellulite and uneven skin texture on the thighs
  • Achieves a better fit in clothing
  • Creates a more contoured, youthful appearance
  • Helps to complete your weight loss journey
  • Helps to improve self-confidence


Depending on the extent of the thigh procedure you had, your recovery period will vary. Expect bruising and swelling for about one month, including 1-2 weeks of downtime. During this time, rest as much as you can and keep your legs elevated.

Do not do any heavy exercise or strenuous activity until 4-6 weeks have passed and you have clearance from your surgeon. You will have some visible scarring after your procedure, but everything possible is done to ensure there are as inconspicuous as possible.


Thigh lift surgery is a popular option for patients seeking firmer, tighter, more attractive upper legs. Thighplasty helps tone and tighten excess, loose, or hanging skin. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have no serious medical concerns
  • Weight is stable and maintainable
  • Have sagging skin on the thighs
  • Have realistic goals for what can be achieved with thigh lift surgery


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