What is a thigh lift?

Thigh lift surgery, sometimes known as thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure and a form of body contouring to remove excess fat from the inner thighs. Thigh lifts can be combined with liposuction to improve the appearance of any excess skin or sagging skin that has occurred due to weight loss.

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Surgery Time

2 - 3 Hours

Time Off

2 to 4 weeks



Full Recovery

6-9 months

Reasons for thigh lift

Thigh lift surgery is not a solution for losing weight but helps to improve the results of losing weight by treating stubborn fat or loose skin. The reasons people opt for thigh lift surgery include:

  • Significant weight loss resulting in excessive loose skin
  • Help in removing stubborn fat
  • Help to address problems relating to skin elasticity
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite as a result of excess fat
  • Boost confidence

Boost Confidence

Regain your body confidence

Improved comfort

Be comfortable in the clothing you want to wear

If Thigh Lift sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes

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Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding to undergo thigh lift surgery can be a big decision. Please read our frequently asked questions to give you peace of mind over any concerns.

Thigh lift surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic. Incisions will be made, and excess skin and fat is removed. The remaining tissue is carefully tightened to create the desired look. The incision pattern depend on the patients requirements. It may be in the groin crease or extended down the inside of the thigh. The surgery can take up to 3 hours to perform however, this is dependent on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed. During your consultation, Mr Wokes will listen to your ideas, concerns and expectations in order to develop a bespoke surgical plan. If requested, Mr Wokes can discuss other related body contouring surgical procedures that you are interested in, such as arm lift surgery.

Post-surgery, Mr Wokes will be determine whether you can return home or if you need to stay overnight in hospital. During the first two weeks post-operation, it is important to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities. You will be required to wear compression garments to help support the treated area and to minimise bruising and swelling.

You should take time off work during the first few weeks. It is best to leave up to 4 weeks before you restart any light physical activities. Wound healing problems are common in thigh lift surgery but the scars tend to settle well in time. Bruising and swelling will subside over the full recovery time. You can expect full recovery to take up to 6-9 months to see the final results. Any minor scar adjustments can be undertaken using Local anaesthetic with minimal down time.

Thigh lift scars are normal however, over the recovery period the visible scars will become soft and light. This can take up to 12 months for them to become less noticeable. Scarring is normal due to the surgery requiring incisions to be made however, once the swelling and bruising subsides so will the scarring and it will become less noticeable.

Thigh lift surgery is a completely safe procedure if performed by a professional and registered plastic surgeon. Mr Wokes will be able to answer all your questions and concerns you may have during an initial consultation. He will also be able to ensure it is the right procedure for you and make recommendations. Side effects from thigh lift surgery include bleeding, infection, wound healing problems and numbness.

During your consultation, Mr Wokes will make you aware of all the associated complications and side effects associated with surgical procedures and specifically thigh lift surgery.

You should always check your cosmetic surgeon is registered and has the right to practice before deciding. You can check your surgeon is registered through the general medical council.