Body Procedure

Thigh Lift

The most common reason for a person requesting a thigh lift is to help reshape legs and restore natural looking contouring. The skin on the thighs can become loose following weight loss, or due to the effects of ageing when the skin can also appear wrinkled or crepey looking.

At a Glance

Treatment Time

A thigh lift often takes up to 3 hours. At REAL plastic surgery we use a general anaesthetic and you may be able to go home the same day.

Reasons for Doing This

To create a more shapely appearance of the legs.


You may need to take up to 2 weeks off work with most people having significantly recovered within 6 weeks.

Sport & Exercise

You may need to avoid strenuous exercise and the gym for up to 6 or 8 weeks.


In most cases 1 procedure can produce long-term results.

Reasons to Avoid

If you have any doubts. Our team of experts will provide support and guidance all the way through your treatment journey; using the consultation to determine your suitability and your certainty.

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Real Plastic Surgery - Thigh Lift

What to expect on the day

The thigh lift procedure uses surgical techniques to remove excess and tissue from the thighs. Your individual concerns and the amount of skin that needs to be removed will determine the specific technique that our surgeons will use.

An incision may be made either on the outer thigh, the inner thigh, or in the groin. Excess skin can then be trimmed away before being reshaped and sutured into place. In some cases liposuction is also performed to help reduce small pockets of fat.

A thigh lift can be performed alongside other body contouring procedures such as: arm lift, abdominoplasty, gynaecomastia, breast augmentation, breast uplift and breast reduction, or as part of the mummy makeover to help improve the overall appearance of the body.

Before you leave the clinic we will fit you with a post-surgical compression garment which may need to be worn for around 6 weeks. This will help the skin and tissue to adjust to the new position, as well as to suppress any swelling.

Showering after a thigh lift.

1 week after the procedure is when REAL plastic surgery may recommend that you can shower. The legs will be very tender and the wound will need to have sufficiently healed before you can get them wet.

Follow up and aftercare.

Your first follow up appointment is usually made 1 week after surgery with further appointments made 3 weeks and 6 months after the procedure. WE review your recovery and healing during our follow-up programme when we will also provide you with appropriate aftercare advice which may include: how to care for your wounds, how long to avoid strenuous activities and what you can do to ensure a successful and long-term result.

What to expect on the day

Frequently Asked Questions

If the appearance of the thighs are causing an aesthetic concern that is impacting your self-confidence, a thigh lift may be suitable for you. The results can produce legs that look smoother and more shapely.

Scarring will depend on where incisions are made. We approach the surgery with your best interests at heart that also considers the appearance of scarring. Our techniques ensure that incisions are placed to help produce the desired results with discreet scarring that will fade over time.

In many cases our patients enjoy the results of a thigh lift for many years. Maintaining a slim and shapely look is often achieved through the upkeep of a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Loose and wrinkled skin can often develop from ageing, which will of course, continue to progress. The effects of this however, may not be seen for many years.

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