Thigh Reduction and Lift (Thighplasty)


There are number of causes of excessive skin and fat on the thigh area, such as substantial weight loss and growing older. A thigh lift removes the excess skin and fat from the upper and inner thigh which firms and tightens the area.

The procedure is usually done under general anaesthetic either as a day case or with an overnight stay. An incision is made from the groin, across the inside of the thigh to under the buttock. After the surgery is completed the incision will be covered with a dressing. Pain is usually minimal but regular painkillers will make your recovery more comfortable. You will be prescribed a course of antibiotics but it is very important that you keep the wound clean by using an antiseptic wash whenever you use the toilet to help to prevent infection. After the area has been washed it should be covered by a dressing held in place by a compression garment. You should avoid exercise for a month. Patients are usually able to return to work after seven to ten days.

What is thigh lift?

Thigh lift involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper and inner thigh area to give a lift and firmness to the thigh. As a result of ageing, the thigh starts to sag necessitating a thigh lift procedure, which will help to tighten the skin firmly holding fat underneath the skin to give a smooth and tight appearance.

Who & why should consider thigh lift?

The thigh lift procedure is ideally suited for individuals who experience sagging problems as a result of ageing. Additionally the thigh lift procedure is suitable for individuals who may have undergone a weight loss program. After a weight loss program, the skin is bound to appear loose and sagging as a result of the loss of volume of fat beneath the skin.

Benefits of thigh lift

Some of the many benefits of thigh lift are

  • Firming up of the thighs as a result of the thigh lift
  • Contouring of the upper and inner thighs by reducing the sagging skin
  • Removal of excess skin and fat that may be witnessed as a result of weight loss program
  • Smoothening out of the thighs as a result of tightening

Preparing for surgery

Preparation for thigh lift surgery should ideally involve the following as it is performed under general anaesthesia

  • Abstain from alcohol for a week and smoking for a month prior to the surgery
  • Share detailed medical history with specialist prior to procedure
  • Be ready to go on painkiller medications after the surgery
  • Be prepared to stay away from work for two weeks

After the treatment& Recovery time

After the thigh lift surgery it is necessary to take follow up care such as:

  • Regular wearing of compression garments
  • High levels of hygiene after using the washroom
  • Use of antiseptic wash to prevent infections
  • Abstain from excessive movements or exercise for four to five weeks
  • Proper use of dressings after the thigh lift surgery till you are recommended by the specialist

Risk & precaution to take

The risks associated with procedures performed under general anaesthesia apply to thigh lift surgery. It is possible to reduce exposure to risk by taking the following precautions:

  • Share detailed medical history with specialist prior to procedure
  • Be ready to go on painkiller medications after the surgery
  • Be prepared to stay away from work for at least two weeks
Operation Time 1.5 hours
Anesthesia general
Nights in hospital 1
Common Risks bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, temporary skin irregularity
Uncommon Risks infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, permanent nerve damage, delayed wound healing, fluid collection
Pain and discomfort 3 – 7 days
Follow-up after surgery As required, 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 months
Time off work 2 – 3 weeks
Sports 2 weeks – walking
4 weeks – jogging
6 weeks – everything
Result 12 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months

The cost of a thigh lift starts from £11,995.

The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic at our specialist clinic and usually involves a one night stay in hospital.

This cost includes all your consultations before surgery and unlimited appointments following your procedure.

For a consultation please complete our contact form or telephone 0800 001 6688

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