Thigh Lift (Thighplasty): Types, Surgery, Recovery & Scars

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Thigh lift surgery is a transformative plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the appearance and contour of the thighs. This surgery targets loose skin and excess fat, commonly experienced due to significant weight loss or age-related skin laxity. By removing surplus skin and, in some cases, fat, thigh lift surgery aims to create thighs that are smoother, more toned, and aesthetically pleasing.


Thigh lift surgery employs various techniques to address specific areas of the thighs and individual concerns. The selection of a technique depends on factors such as the patient’s anatomy, the extent of excess skin and fat, and the desired outcome. Here are some common thigh lift techniques:

  1. Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift: Targets the inner thighs, removing excess skin and fat to enhance tone and contour. Incisions are typically made in the groin area, extending down toward the knee along the inner thigh crease.
  1. Outer Thigh Lift: Focuses on the outer thighs, possibly including the buttocks, to lift and tighten sagging skin. Incisions are made along the bikini line, extending around the hip to the back, followed by the removal of excess skin and fat.
  1. Bilateral Thigh Lift: Comprehensive technique addressing both inner and outer thighs. Incisions are made in the groin area, potentially extending around the hip, and excess skin and fat are removed before suturing.
  1. Spiral Thigh Lift: Addresses sagging skin and excess fat in various thigh areas. The surgeon removes excess skin and fat, lifts and tightens the remaining skin, and sutures it. Incisions are made along the bikini line, extending around the hip, buttocks, and down the inner thigh.

The choice of technique is determined by factors such as patient needs, goals, and the surgeon’s expertise. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in thigh lift procedures helps determine the most suitable technique.


Thigh lift surgery is an excellent option for those seeking to reshape and rejuvenate their thighs. Ideal candidates typically:

  • Experience sagging, loose, or excess skin due to substantial weight loss, aging, or genetic factors.
  • Are close to their ideal body weight and have maintained stability for several months.
  • Enjoy good overall health, free from medical conditions that could pose risks or hinder the healing process.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of thigh lift surgery, understanding that perfection may not be achievable.
  • Are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking temporarily, as smoking can impede healing and increase complications.
  • Are committed to sustaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, to ensure enduring results.

Thigh lift surgery is not a weight-loss solution, and maintaining stable weight post-surgery is crucial for optimal results.

Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in thigh lift procedures is essential. This consultation provides an opportunity to discuss goals, concerns, and expectations, allowing the surgeon to evaluate candidacy based on medical history and individual considerations.

Dr. Josan Alex

Location: 990 Brooklyn Street, 86 New York 


Phone: +988 898 6969

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Frequently Asked


No, thigh lift surgery is designed for contouring and removing excess skin and fat, not as a weight-loss method.

Recovery times vary, but patients can generally return to normal activities within a few weeks, with complete recovery taking several months.

While thigh lift surgery focuses on skin and fat removal, it may have some positive effects on cellulite appearance, but it's not a primary goal.

While the surgery provides long-lasting results, the aging process and lifestyle factors can impact the longevity of the outcomes.

Yes, thigh lift surgery can be combined with other body contouring procedures, and this can be discussed during the consultation with the surgeon.