Thigh Lift FAQs

A thigh lift is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that is used to address excess fat and skin tissue around the thighs and hips. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about thigh lift surgery.

What causes excess fat or skin on the thighs

Loose, sagging skin can occur for many reasons. Most people who look to a thigh lift have experienced this problem due to either weight loss, pregnancy or the natural aging process. You may experience excess skin, loose, wobbly fat or both. Both can be effectively addressed with a thigh lift.

Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?

Many different people are found to be suitable candidates for a thigh lift. Typically, patients who are eligible for this cosmetic surgery meet the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18

  • In good general health

  • Have excess fat and/or skin on the thighs that is causing them physical problems, such as rubbing together and causing pain, infections and sores

  • Feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the appearance of their thighs

  • Are a stable, healthy weight and intend on maintaining this long-term

  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure

Your surgeon will perform a thorough assessment of your health and your state of mind at a consultation appointment which will be carried out ahead of your surgery.

Will I need a general anesthetic?

Yes. Although thigh lift surgery is performed as an outpatient, you will need to be put to sleep for your procedure. Your surgeon will be able to advise you what you can expect from a general anesthetic if you haven’t had one before. After the procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home as not only will your thighs be swollen and uncomfortable, but you may also experience some of the effects of the general anesthetic for up to 24 hours.

Is a thigh lift painful?

The general anesthetic you will be given will ensure that you aren’t in any pain while your surgery is performed. However, it’s normal to experience some discomfort in the hours and days following your procedure. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with appropriate pain relief medication, as well as give you valuable advice on how to minimize your discomfort.

What happens during a thigh lift procedure?

A thigh lift is a very straightforward procedure. Once your anesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in the pre-identified area of your thighs that will be targeted. The incisions can be made to remove excess fat and tissue. Liposuction s then used to contour the thighs so that you are left with a tighter, more toned appearance.

What else can I expect after my thigh lift surgery?

Immediately after your surgery, your thighs will be dressed to cover any incisions, and compression garments will be placed over the top. These help to tighten the skin and limit the amount of swelling that occurs. Over the following days, you may notice some bruising when you change your dressings. Again, this is completely normal.

Your surgeon will provide you with very detailed instructions on how to care for yourself when you are at home. These will include how to change your dressings, when to take medication, how soon you can shower and when you should go back to work. It’s important to follow these closely to limit any risk of complications occurring during the recovery period.

How long will it take to see the results of my surgery?

We know that you will be keen to see how your newly-sculpted thighs look as soon as possible. You may be able to see an improvement in their appearance right away. However, it can take anywhere up to six weeks for the majority of the swelling to go down and reveal your new and improved thighs.

What can I do if I have any concerns?

If you have any concerns at any stage of your thigh lift journey, it’s important to consult with your surgical team right away – they will be happy to help.

​​​​​​​If you have further questions about thigh lift surgery, or to schedule a consultation to find out if a thigh lift is right for you, please contact our plastic surgery team today.