Thighplasty, commonly referred to as a thigh lift, is a procedure aimed at improving the contour of the legs with the removal of excess sagging skin. Incision patterns vary based on the area being trated and degree of correction. In most cases, incisions can be places in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.

Inner Thigh Lift

One technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending doward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another technique removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision along the inseam. Additionally, in some cases, a minimal incision inner thigh lift may be an option that involes an incision only in the groin area.

Outer Thigh Lift

Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back.

Surgery Duration

The surgical procedure takes place over an average period of 90-120 minutes. If necessary, this period may be extended. However, the surgical procedure time should not be confused with the amount of time the patient will be in the operating room. That amount of time will also include the administering of anesthesia and postoperative recovery.


Anesthesia may be general, regional (spinal) and/or intravenous sedation in combination with local anesthesia in the area being treated.

Hospitalization Period

Under normal circumstances, the hospitalization period is approximately 1-2 days.

Postoperative Care

Start walking as soon as possible following the surgery. This helps to reduce swelling, lower the chance of developing blood clots and/or pnemonia and avoid constipation. Wear the compression garment 24/7 for 6 weeks post-surgery. Sleep with your head slightly elevated and with pillows under the knees to decrease tension on the incision. Avoid lifting anything over 5 lbs for 6 weeks. Avoid straining the abdominal muscles in any way. Strenuous activities and exercise must be avoided for 2 months following the procedure. Regarding caring for the incision, place soft dressing over incisions and around drain sites daily to wick away moisture adn to prevent irritation by the compression garment along the incision line. Keep the incision clean and inspect daily for signs of infection. Showering is allowed 48 hours after the removal of the drainage tubes. No tub soaking, entering a swimming pool, hot tub, or body of water while drains are in place and for 6-8 weeks following surgery. Avoid exposing scars to the sun for at least 3 months. Always use a strong sunblock if sun exposure is unavoidable.