What is a thigh lift?

Thigh lift surgery is a procedure that reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

The procedure



What will it do?


A thigh lift is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the inner thigh. An incision is made either at the fold where the thigh and the groin join, or down the inner aspect of the thigh toward the knee.


Is it right for me?


Thigh lift surgery is an individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Thigh lift surgery is not suitable for people who are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic

  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability

  • Too high risk of having surgical complications


Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.


Thigh lift surgery may be a good option for you if:


  • You are physically healthy and you do not have not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery

  • Your weight is relatively stable

  • You have excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh

  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

Expectations of surgery




Will I have scarring?


Yes, thigh lift surgery will result in some visible scars. Your surgeon will limit scar length and try to position each scar in the least conspicuous position. Nonetheless, scars may be more noticeable than you anticipated. It is important that you have realistic expectations of the surgery and that you discuss potential outcomes with your surgeon.

Will I need revisional surgery?


Depending on the amount of excess skin, some patients may require one or more additional procedures to attain their desired body shape.

What are the costs of this procedure?

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for a thigh lift can vary widely between Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Some factors that may influence the cost include the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:


  • Surgeon’s fee

  • Hospital or surgical facility costs

  • Anaesthesia fees

  • Prescriptions for medication

  • Post-surgery garments

  • Medical tests


We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.

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