Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

A thighplasty, commonly referred to as a thigh lift, is a rather popular plastic surgery procedure, and a well sought-out one, too. Thighplasty is performed to correct loose or saggy skin in the thigh area, and it also removes overbearing fat deposits in the thighs. Excess tissue and skin are also removed during this surgery. This procedure will restore a normal shape and contour to your thigh while removing dimply, excess fat, which can cause skin to appear unruly, unattractive and bumpy.

Thighplasty helps you achieve a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image. There are three types of thigh lifts: Inner Thigh Lift, Outer Thigh Lift and Posterior Thigh Lift.

Inner Thigh Lift

Also called a medial thigh lift, the inner thigh lift encompasses surgeries done on the portion between the legs, or the inner thigh.

Outer Thigh Lift

Also called a lateral thigh lift, the outer thigh lift focuses on the sides of the thighs.

Posterior Thigh Lift

Also known as a buttocks lift, the posterior thigh lift procedure can be done many ways; essentially, it depends on the areas where you feel a correction is needed. It can be performed by itself or in conjunction with another thighplasty.

Thigh Lift Procedure

A thigh lift generally takes between 2 and 3 hours for each area. For an inner thigh lift, only short incisions are made; they usually extend from the thigh and groin crease to the buttocks crease. The outer thigh lift incisions are larger and are placed over each hip bone. Posterior thigh lift incisions depend on numerous factors, including the size and shape of the individual, the shape of the legs and buttocks, etc.

Because a thigh lift is a seriously individualized procedure, the incision lengths and patterns will vary from patient to patient. The incisions themselves may be quite extensive, but advanced medical techniques now allow incisions to be made in strategic locations where they can be later hidden by clothing.

After the incisions are made, the skin and fat are separated from the thigh's underlying structures. Excess skin and fat are then removed. Occasionally, before stitching the incision, a temporary tube is inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. After the incisions are closed, gauze and elastic compression bandages are applied to help minimize bruising and/or swelling.


If there are any sutures in the skin, they'll generally be removed one to two weeks post-op. It's important for a patient to have someone helping them get home after the surgery and if possible, to stay for a couple days. Most people getting a thighplasty of any type are advised to take seven to 10 days off work for recovery; during this period, they should remain in either a reclining or standing position to help the healing process.

Some bruising and swelling may occur after surgery, which could last up to one month. The majority of patients recover well after a thigh lift, with most returning to all normal activities within four to six months.