Corrective Thigh Surgery – Thigh Lift

As we age, or as the result of significant weight fluctuation, the skin of the thighs can become saggy, in a similar fashion as the abdominal or buttocks areas, resulting in an aesthetically unpleasant look.

In a thigh lift, the tightness of the tissue substance can be restored. The operation is performed under general anesthetic, and incisions are made in the line of the groin and on the inside of the thigh, so they can be easily hidden.

About the Surgery

There are several different types of thigh plastic interventions.

Mini thigh lifts are used to remove sagging skin that develops during aging or weight fluctuation. Skin – and if required, fatty tissues – are removed. The tightened skin ensures a shaped form and firmness of the leg.

The classical thigh lift removes the excess sagging skin and fatty tissue from the inside part of the upper thigh using either a “T” or “L” shaped incision which starts in the groin area and leads to the fold of the buttocks. The skin is pulled taught to create the desired effect, and the excess skin and fatty tissue is removed by the plastic surgeon. As a result, the leg becomes more shapely and the skin tighter.

Thigh lifts are always performed under general anesthetic, and the intervention usually takes about 2 – 3 hours. According to the size of area requiring correction, the plastic surgeon might suggest the surgery take place in two stages. In such cases, usually 6 months are needed between the two surgeries.

After thigh lift surgery, 2 nights of observation are required in clinical care. The thigh is dressed with a special compression garment applied immediately following the intervention, which has to be worn for several weeks following surgery.

Risks of Thigh Plastic

As with all surgical interventions, wrinkle reduction of the thighs is accompanied by some risk, however, complications are rare. Risk factors can be post-surgical bleeding, infection, hypersensitivity to anesthesia, inflammation, keloid scar formation, asymmetry or changes in skin sensitivity.


After a thigh lift, the thighs are dressed with special compression garment, which must be worn for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

A small, thin drain is placed under the skin, which is removed after a day or two by the doctor.

The sutures are removed after 2 weeks however the patient must continue to wear the compression garment for an additional 2-4 weeks.

The patient usually may return to non-strenuous work 2-3 weeks after surgery. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until approximately one month following surgery.


Although the results of thigh lift are noticeable immediately, the permanent shape of the leg is formed in the following months.

Though the surgical scars are permanent, they fade with time, leaving behind a pale line, which the shape and length of will correspond to the type of the surgical incision.

The results of a thigh lift are increased self-confidence, a more aesthetically pleasing contour of the body, and shaped and tightened thighs.

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