Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a well-tolerated procedure that can help improve the contour of the medial portion of the upper leg by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. This is often combined with liposuction to help refine the thigh to a more shapely, youthful appearance. Scarring from the thigh lift is well concealed in the area of the groin and the inner aspect of the thigh – special attention to surgical technique allows for minimisation of a widened or problematic scar.

Who is a candidate?

  • People whose weight is relatively stable
  • Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
  • Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness

Intended Results

A thigh lift can help to restore and tighten these areas, giving a much firmer, youthful look and leaving you more confident to wear fitted trousers and shorts. For most patients, the results of a thigh lift are extremely satisfying. Your decision to have a thigh lift is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. What is important is how you yourself feel about it. If you’ve met your personal goals, then your surgery is a success.

Procedure Description

  • Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you. Surgery may take 4-6 hours.
  • Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference
  • One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and re-draped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours
  • You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate
  • Drainage tubes following the operation may be needed and the surgery usually takes about 2-4 hours to complete. Dissolving stitches are used to close the incisions, which will also be taped for greater support

Recuperation and Healing

  • Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days
  • You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 – 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed medication
  • Within one week, the supporting tape will be removed and the wound will be checked and you will be asked to wear a compression garment. This is to reduce swelling and assist in shrinking and tightening of the skin. You should wear it as directed

Getting back to work and normal activities

  • You should be able to return to work within a week, depending on the level of activity required for your job
  • Gym and normal activities may be resumed in 3-4 weeks
  • Your scars will be firm and pink for six weeks. After 6 months, your scars will begin to fade to a fine white line

Medial and Outer Thigh Lift Results

  • The smoother tighter contouring that result from a thigh lift are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising
  • Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness

Other Options

  • Liposuction-liposculpture of the area

Approximate Costs

Price variations can alter widely between patients and what surgery is actually required, so only a broad guide can be offered. Please contact our office for more specific details at this link

$5,000 – $10,000


The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be fully determined at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.