Thigh Lift

Thigh lift or thigh plastic surgery is a major cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area. Thigh lifts can carry a variety of risks, especially for people with underlying diseases.

What is Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and tighten the thighs, resulting in smoother, more toned contours. This procedure is commonly sought after by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, aging effects, or have loose skin and excess fat in the thigh area that is unresponsive to diet and exercise. During a thigh lift, incisions are strategically made along the inner thigh or sometimes extending to the groin or buttock crease, depending on the patient’s specific needs. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and the underlying tissues are tightened and lifted for a more sculpted appearance. The remaining skin is meticulously repositioned and sutured to create a smoother and firmer thigh contour. Thigh lift surgery can be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal results. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, and recovery time may vary, but for many individuals, a thigh lift can provide a significant boost in self-confidence, allowing them to comfortably wear clothing and feel more satisfied with the appearance of their lower body.

Thigh Lift Surgery in Summary

Trip length

9 days

Surgery duration

2 – 4 hours


General anesthetic

Recovery time

1 – 2 months

Hospital stay

1 Night

Back to Work

14 – 21 Days

What is a thigh lift?

Thigh lift or thigh plastic surgery is a major cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area. Thigh lifts can carry a variety of risks, especially for people with underlying diseases.

If you have lost weight in the thigh area, you may be looking for a way to help your legs get smoother and firmer. For some people, a thigh lift may be a solution to remove excess sagging thigh skin.

Perhaps the most important reason for a thigh lift is to help deform and smooth the skin of the thigh area after weight loss. Some people also choose this method to get more beautiful and feel better in wearing swimsuits, shorts and jeans. If you consider this method after losing weight, doctors recommend it is necessary to have a stable weight for at least six months and have already reached your ideal weight; Because weight changes can affect surgery results.

Different types of thigh lifts

Thigh surgery removes excess skin and fat, but different methods can be done through different incisions. Your doctor will help you choose the best surgery to meet your individual needs. There are different types of hip lifts that are:

Internal thigh lift

An internal thigh lift is the most common form of this cosmetic surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the sagging skin of the thigh by making an incision in the groin down to the knee or toward the back of the thigh.

Mini thigh lift

The surgeon may choose a mini thigh lift surgery depending on individual needs. This method requires fewer incisions than other thigh lifts and only involves incisions in the groin area. If you only want surgery on your upper thigh, a mini thigh lift works better.

External thigh lift

External thigh lift shows the outer parts of the thigh. This procedure involves an incision that starts at the groin, extends outward to the thighs and lower back.

How is recovery after hip plastic surgery done?

After the operation, the surgeon puts a bandage on the wound to prevent inflammation. They may also insert a tube to help drain excess blood and fluid from the incision area. You will need to make another appointment to have the surgeon remove the dressing and extra tube.

Like other cosmetic surgeries, thigh plastic surgery is major surgery, and you should take time off to recover.

You will probably feel pain, bruising, and inflammation for a few days after the operation. It may take some time to show the full results of the surgery.

You should contact your doctor immediately if the pain worsens or bleeding begins through sutures or dressings. You should also see your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Fever
  • numb
  • Wound detachment

In general, thigh lift surgery recovery takes several weeks. It is also necessary to avoid weightlifting and heavy training for at least six weeks after the operation.

During this time you should raise your legs as much as possible and maybe after a few days. Ankle inflammation is normal in hip lift surgery and gradually decreases.

Once healed, the scars may remain. However, when an experienced surgeon operates, the scars should not be large. 

Frequently Asked Questions of the Thigh Lift

How long does it take to recover from thigh lift ?

The recovery time for a thigh lift may vary depending on whether you opt for an outer thigh lift, an inner thigh lift, or both. In general, however, most people will need to take it easy for the first couple of weeks and can resume normal activities after four to six weeks

How to sleep after thigh lift?

For the first 72 hours, sleep with pillows under your legs to keep them in an elevated position. Full leg extension may be impossible for the first week. You may begin walking when you are comfortable. Don’t overdo it, use your discomfort as a guide.

Is a thigh lift worth it?

Medial thigh lift is a satisfying procedure because it provides aesthetic improvement in terms of skin excess and laxity. Complications are frequent but life-threatening complications have not been reported. The use of a vertical incision (wider than the horizontal one) is related to a higher risk of complication.

What is a mini thigh lift?

A mini thigh lift removes excess skin from the inner thighs. This will leave you with more contoured thighs without any excess, sagging skin. A mini thigh lift is often an appealing option as it is a smaller procedure – it will involve a smaller incision, and therefore a smaller scar.

What to wear after thigh lift?

After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment to minimize swelling and provide support to your new body contour. A compression garment should be worn three to four weeks from your surgery. We use dissolvable sutures underneath the skin that will not need to be removed.