What Is A Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is a procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from either the inner or outer thighs. This is often desirable after substantial or bariatric weight loss or in individuals for whom dieting and exercise have failed to reduce excess tissue in their upper thighs. Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to the recontouring of the inner thigh. If you want your thighs to have a better, more proportional contour and a firmer look and feel, you may consider a thigh lift surgery.

How Is A Thigh Lift Procedure Performed?

  • Medial (inner) thigh lift: An incision is made in the groin area and any excess fat and skin are excised along the inner aspect of the thigh. Liposuction may be, but is not always, included in this procedure, depending on your individual requirements. The area from the groin to the knee is recontoured and the procedure is repeated for the other thigh. If a more substantial wedge of tissue is removed, the procedure is called a thighplasty.


  • Lateral (outer) thigh lift: This is a more complex procedure, usually involving recontouring of the buttocks as well as the outer thighs and removal of more tissue. Scarring is more extensive, and the skin will be less elastic after the surgery, so weight should be maintained.


If you maintain a stable weight, healthy lifestyle and fitness program, your results will be long-lasting.

As mentioned previously, there are two different types of thigh lift procedures: medial (inner) thigh lift or lateral (outer) thigh lift. A physical examination, a thorough medical history and a discussion with Dr. Aboumoussa will help determine whether a medial or lateral thigh lift is most appropriate, or whether you will benefit from a combined lower body lift.

Medial thigh lift: The incisions are made in the groin area. For patients requiring more substantial removal of excess skin, a longitudinal incision may be made along the inner thigh.


Lateral thigh lift: Depending on the requirements of a lateral thigh lift, the incisions will extend from the groin, around the hip and possibly a buttock fold incision will be included. The surgeon will attempt to place the incisions where the scars can be hidden by clothing, but the incisions will be more extensive than for a medial thigh lift.

It will take you approximately three weeks before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After the surgery, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-surgical care, including information about normal symptoms you will experience and your recovery process.

You will likely see the results of your thigh lift immediately following the surgery.

Dr. Aboumoussa will consult with you to determine the best method of keeping you comfortable during your thigh lift surgery. This may include intravenous sedation (assisted local anesthesia), general anesthesia, or epidural administration.

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