Thigh Lift Surgery

Treatment information

Generally about the treatment

After a huge weight loss, and with a progressing age, the skin will become less elastic, and it might start to sag. This can be a cosmetic problem.

A thigh lift (thigh plasty) is a surgical procedure designed to remove loose and sagging skin, as well excess fat, from the inner thighs.

The surgeon will discuss the options for a thigh lift with the patient, so he or she can achieve a beautiful, even, and firm skin. In some cases the surgeon may recommend having only a liposuction done, removing the need for a full thigh lift.

In other cases the surgeon will conclude that liposuction will not be sufficient to alleviate the problem, and a thigh lift will then be necessary.

Sometimes, a combination of both techniques is the best solution. Only during a consultation with a surgeon, will he or she be able to estimate, what is best for the patient.

The biggest downside to thigh lift surgery is the scar that is left after the operation. The surgeon will, however, make an effort to place the cut in such a way, that it is hidden away in less visible areas of the body, or so that the scar is covered by the clothes.

Just like the buttock lift and tummy tuck procedures, a thigh lift is something to be considered thoroughly. It is important to consider thoroughly, whether you can accept the an operation scar as the price of achieving a tighter and smoother skin. As a general rule you could say, that the looser and more sagging the skin is, the bigger the scar will be.

The procedure

There are, of course, different levels of how prominent a problem with excess skin can be. The amount of excess skin has an influence on, where the incision is to be made, and how long it should be. Regardless, a thigh lift surgery has the purpose of removing the sagging tissue, and thereby reducing the circumference of the thigh.

If the skin is very loose, and hanging towards the knee, it may be necessary to place a long incision along the inner thigh down towards the knee. The skin is then loosened and pulled upwards, after which the excess skin is removed. Finally it is sewn together. In cases where the amount of excess skin is limited, it can sometimes be sufficient with an incision in the groin.


The operation can be performed under local or general anaesthesia and can be done either ambulant or under admission.


When waking up from the anaesthesia you will experience some soreness and pain, although this can be reduced with medicine. Due to the location of the wounds, the time following the surgery will be rather uncomfortable, and you will experience powerful sensations of tightening as well as redness. Contusions (bruising) will also incur, but this will slowly disappear with time.

Risk of complications

There is a risk of damage to a nerve, when the excess skin is removed. This can result in temporary numbness, or in worst-case - permanent numbness.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

The patient's type job type defines, when work can be resumed. Normally you can count on 2-3 weeks of absense.

Physically strenuous activities such as sports and aerobics should be avoided for 4 weeks. For the first while after the surgery, you should also avoid lifting and driving.

You will not be allowed to sit normally for the first week. You can stand, sit half way up, or lie down, otherwise the result can be a poor healing process, and thereby less attractive scars.

It can take up to 6 months or longer, before you will see signs of the scars beginning to fade.

Duration of the result

The operation can take between 2-5 hours, depending on the extent.