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Written by: Dr. Federico Di Francesco MD | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sasa Janjanin

Thigh Lift – Thighplasty

The Thigh Lift, also known as Thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can be performed to tighten and improve the appearance of the thighs. It can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction.

The thigh lift is ideal for patients who have loose, saggy skin on their thighs due to weight loss or aging. The surgery can help to improve the contour of the thighs and give them a more youthful appearance. Thigh lift surgery can be performed on both men and women.

Your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for thigh lift surgery. Both men and women are the best candidates for thigh lift surgery when:
  • Patients who are at a stable weight for at least six months and are at their ideal weight
  • Patients who have loose, saggy skin on their thighs
  • Patients who have good skin elasticity
  • Patients who have realistic expectations for the results of surgery

What I should expect during my consultation for Thigh Lift Surgery?

You should discuss your goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your general health, any existing health issues, and risk factors if associated with a medical history.  The plastic surgeon will also perform a physical examination of your thighs and will measure your body.  Photographs can be taken for your medical record. The surgeon will also discuss surgery options for your goals and expectations for surgery. He or she will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will be brief about your customized treatment plan and the likely outcome of the procedure.  Our plastic surgeon will educate you on the recovery process and any risks or complications associated with thigh lift surgery.

Types of Thigh Lift Procedures

The surgeon may apply different techniques to fix loose skin on someone’s thigh depending upon the problematic area of saggy skin. Following are the three most common techniques for Thighplasty:

Inner Thigh Lift:

An incision is made in the groin and extends along the inside of the thigh. The excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with stitches. The inner thigh lift is ideal for patients who have loose, saggy skin on their inner thighs due to weight loss or aging. The surgery can help to improve the contour of the thighs and give them a more youthful appearance.

Outer or Bilateral Thigh Lift:

A bilateral thigh lift is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on the outer and front areas of the thighs. This method effectively contours the outer thigh and tightens the skin along both sides of the legs. The incision is created at the top of the leg, at the lower edge of the bikini line. The excess skin is removed before the remaining skin is lifted and attached to the same area. This approach is most often used for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

Medial Thigh Lift:

A medial thigh lift is a surgery to remove extra skin from the upper part of the thigh, between the hip and groin area. The surgeon will make a cut along the pelvic area to the crease of the buttock and then remove the extra skin and fat. The remaining skin will be tightened and the incision will be closed with sutures. In some cases, a mini thigh lift may be done, which only requires a small cut in the groin area.

Before & After Results

Since your legs will be swollen and bruised, you may not be able to see the final results of your procedure immediately. It may take a couple of months to see the final results but they will be long-lasting if you don’t follow a proper diet and exercise regularly. Please note that results may vary from person to person.

How much does Thigh Lift cost in Dubai?

The cost of a thigh lift varies from person to person depending on the clinic and technique being used. However, if we provide you with an estimate then the average starting price of a thigh lift is AED 25000.

Visit the thigh lift cost page to know the exact cost and more about the procedure.

Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery

After someone loses a lot of weight, they might not feel good about themselves because they have a lot of extra skin. Even after they reach their target weight, they might not be able to enjoy their life. But there is a surgery that can help them feel better about themselves by getting rid of the extra skin.

The benefits of thigh lift surgery are as follows:

  • Tightening and contouring of the thighs
  • Improving the shape and appearance of the thighs
  • Enhancing selfconfidence and self-esteem
  • Improving the overall proportions of the body
  • Making clothing and swimwear fit and look better
  • Allowing for more physical activity and enjoyment of life

Thigh Lift Procedure

Thigh lift treatment is performed on an outpatient basis. The duration of the surgery varies from patient to patient depending on several factors like the technique used and the amount of improvement required. The steps of the procedure are:

  • Your thighs will be cleansed and general anesthesia will be administered.
  • The surgeon will make incisions in the appropriate sites according to the technique he selects. The incisions can be made:
    • In the groin area for the inner thigh lift, a longitudinal incision may also be made along the inner thigh.
    • In the groin extending around the hip for an outer thigh lift.
    • In the groin area for a mini thigh lift.
  • After making incisions, required alterations will be done. These alterations include:
    • Reshaping and tightening of soft tissues.
    • Removal of fat tissues.
    • Removal of excess skin.
  • Finally, incisions will be stitched closed.

Thigh Lift FAQs

What can I expect to feel after a Thigh Lift?

You can expect to have some swelling and bruising after surgery. This will improve over time. You will have a dressing covering the surgical area. Your doctor will also put drains in your incisions. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions to ensure proper healing.

What kind of after effects should I expect after Thigh Lift Surgery?

After you have surgery on your thighs, you will have a lot of swelling and some bruising. This will be more noticeable if you also had liposuction. You will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce the swelling. The bruising usually lasts for about 3 weeks. Most of the swelling will be gone by this time, but there may still be some subtle swelling for up to 6 months. You may also notice that some areas of your thighs feel firm or hard to touch, especially along the edges of the incision site. This is normal and will go away with time.

How Long does Thigh Lift Surgery Takes?

Depending upon whether it is just the inner thigh, or both outer and inner thighs, the procedure may take approximately 2 to 4 hours.

What is the Recovery Time for Thighplasty?

This is a relatively painful procedure. Some difficulty in walking and sitting is experienced in the first one to two weeks. About 1 week to 10 days of recovery is needed. Recovery in terms of exercise etc, may take three to four weeks or longer.

When I can resume my work after thigh lift surgery?

This again depends upon the extent of surgery, and the type of work. Sedentary office work can be started in approximately 10 days to 2 weeks. Other types of work, where more exertion or physical activity is required, may take longer.

How Long Thigh Lift Result Lasts?

It depends upon the age of the patient when the surgery is performed as well as maintenance of weight after the surgery. In an otherwise healthy patient with proper maintenance of diet, and some exercise, the results may last 7 to 10 years.

Is Thigh Lift Painful Procedure?

This procedure is somewhat painful and strong pain medication is needed at least for the first few days. There is some pain afterwards, but it is easily controlled by proper pain medication.

What are Thigh Lift Complications?

In properly selected patients. The surgery goes quite smoothly. There are potential complications, however, which include prolonged swelling and bruising, the possibility of infection, and scarring. If liposuction is performed at the same time, the extent of surgery is increased and the risk of complications is relatively higher. Though the scars are hidden in the growing crease or about the waistline for outer thigh and buttock lift.

Why should I choose thigh lift surgery?

A thigh lift is a surgery that helps people who have extra skin and fat on their thighs. The surgery leaves a scar, and the person will need to recover for a while before they feel better. If they follow a healthy diet and exercise, the results of the surgery will last a long time.

Thigh Lift Recovery

Most thigh lift surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as your procedure. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but you can expect to feel some soreness and bruising for the first few days after surgery. You will likely need to take pain medication for the first few days, and you will need to wear compression garments to help with the swelling. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within a week or two, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks.

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