Thigh lift surgery helps to re-shape your thighs, to gain smoother looking skin, and to give them a more proportionate appearance to the contours of your lower body.
Why choose thigh lift surgery?
Growing older and fluctuations in weight are the most common reasons for our thighs and skin to appear drooping and sagging. If you feel self-conscious and lack confidence in the appearance of your thighs, this surgery can help by removing excess skin and fat to give a firmer looking and more toned thigh area.Back to Body Surgery
What can a thigh lift achieve?
- Improve the shape of your thighs
- Smoother looking skin
- Put the contours of your lower body more in proportion
- No more sagging and drooping
- Confidence in the appearance of your upper legs
What are the alternatives to a thigh lift?
Your surgeon will speak with you about possible alternatives to thigh lift surgery such as liposuction, which, in some cases, may be performed alongside or instead of a thigh lift.
Before your thigh lift procedure
Every thigh lift surgery is different and tailored to the needs of the individual patient, that’s why establishing good communication between you and your surgeon is essential. A relaxed and comfortable surgery experience starts with open discussion of your personal goals within your thigh lift surgery consultation.
During you consultation you will:
- Have the opportunity to ask Dr Cotrufo to ask questions about details of the thigh lift procedure
- Highlight your reasons for seeking surgery
- Complete a full health evaluation and lower body examination
- Discuss the surgical and non-surgical options that are open to you, as well as costs and timescales
As your procedure approaches, you may be asked to make small alterations to your lifestyle or to avoid particular activities and medications, this is to ensure you are in the best possible health for surgery.
To make sure you are in the best health before your thigh lift, the surgeon may ask you to make some vital lifestyle changes in the run up to surgery. This can include:
- Stopping smoking
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Refraining from any stringent diets
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Avoiding overexposure to the sun, especially to the thigh area
The thigh lift procedure
- The surgery normally takes around 2 hours but this depends on the extent of work required
- Your surgeon will generally make incisions in the groin, extending downwards and wrapping around the back of the thigh, so that any scarring is as hidden as possible
- The underlying tissue will be reshaped and tightened, with the reduced skin secured by sutures
After your thigh lift surgery
You are likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you should be up and around in 24 to 48 hours and able to return home with a friend or relative.
- There may be a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated after surgery. As soon as you can drink enough it will be removed
- You may shower with mildly warm water on the second day after your operation and if you need pain relief
It is best to avoid these foods and activities for at least a month:
- Hot and spicy food
- Vigorous exercise
- Activity that is more strenuous, including housework
- Heavy lifting
The results of the thigh lift surgery are visible almost immediately afterwards. However, it will take several months for the final results to fully develop. During this time you will attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo, who will closely monitor your post procedure progress.
Still have thigh lift questions that you’d like answered?
Dr Cotrufo is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. His extensive plastic surgery experience spans several continents and includes spells in some of the UK’s leading reconstructive surgery departments. Should you have any more questions about the thigh lift procedure, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.