Thigh Lift

What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is aimed at reducing excess skin and adipose (fat) tissue on the thigh by removing loose and/or hanging skin in order to tighten and smoothen the shape of the thigh. A liposuction is often performed at the same time. The surgery results in a more proportionate and toned look.


Usually lasting about an hour and a half to two hours and performed under general anesthesia, a thigh lift removes excess thigh skin and fat using an incision at the level of the groin. In more severe cases, a vertical incision on the inner thigh can be used to enhance the results. The excess skin and fat is removed and the remaining tissue is tightened and re-draped.


After the surgery, there may be some discomfort and difficulty sitting for a few days. It is usually possible to return to work within two to four weeks. Vigorous physical activity can only be undertaken after eight weeks.


The scars usually fade over a period of six to twelve months but do not completely disappear.

Risks and Complications:

All surgeries expose patients to risks and complications. In cosmetic surgery, all efforts are made to minimize these risks, but they cannot be completely eliminated. A partial list of complications for a thigh lift includes: scarring, infection, hematoma, wound dehiscence, and contour deformity. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon as part of your decision making process.