Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

Procedure: Removal and contouring of excess thigh tissue
Anaesthesia: General
Surgical Time: 2 hours
Hospital Stay: 1-2 nights in hospital
Time off Work: 2 weeks
Back to Light Sports: 6 weeks
Full Recovery: 2 months
Follow-up: 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months


London based cosmetic specialist, Mr Mo Akhavani, has years of experience in performing high quality thighplasty surgery, more commonly known as a ‘thigh lift’.

This surgery offers a solution to patients who are unhappy with the size, shape and general appearance with their thighs, usually as a result of significant and/or rapid weight loss, or as a natural process of aging. The thighs can also be stubbornly unresponsive to diet and exercise, making it a particularly difficult area to achieve your desired shape.

Problems manifest themselves in a variety of ways such as:

 Sensory changes around the scar
These issues can leave some people feeling frustrated and less confident, and the disparity in proportions can make it challenging to find well-fitted clothing. In some patients, it actually causes physical discomfort and skin excoriation – abrasions and scratches.

A thigh lift can target the problem areas, helping to streamline your inner and/or outer thighs, giving you a more attractive body shape and improved thigh contours.

Thighplasty Surgery

Not everybody is suited to a thigh lift – so the first step before arranging surgery is to assess your overall health and wellbeing, and perform a physical examination of the area. Results vary in individuals, so you need to be realistic in regards to what can be achieved through surgery.

Mr Akhavani will take the time to listen to your questions and provide all the information you need. Please be aware that to sustain the results, you’ll need to maintain a healthy bodyweight post-surgery.

There are two main types of thigh lift, both of which typically involve a combination of liposuction and surgical excision of the excess tissue:

Inner or medial thigh lift – removal of excess skin and fat via an incision at the groin, before contouring to ensure a good shape.
Outer or lateral thigh lift – slightly more complex than an inner thigh lift, this procedure often requires additional contouring of the buttocks. Expect more scarring and reduced skin elasticity with this surgery.
With Mr Akhavani’s experience and commitment to your satisfaction, he’ll do everything he can to hide as much of your scarring as possible within the natural contours of your thighs.

The thighplasty procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia with the surgery lasting around 2 hours, with some patients staying overnight in the hospital – although this is very much dependent on each individual’s recovery.

Thigh lift Recovery and Complications

After you’re discharged home, you’ll need to take 2 weeks off work, and you’ll attend a follow-up in the outpatient clinic to ensure a smooth post-operative recovery. You should be able to resume light exercise in 6weeks after the surgery, and it will take 9 to 12 months before the full benefit of the surgery is realised.

As with any clinical procedure, there are a few complications that could arise as a result of thigh light surgery, such as:

 Sensory changes around the scar
 Delayed wound healing
 Unfavorable asymmetric scarring
 Contour deformities
Mr Akhavani will discuss all of these details and more during your consultation.

To book a consultation for a thigh lift at one of our London practices, please call 0203 733 3224.


For further information on thighplasty surgery, please visit the following links:

BAPRAS Patient Information on Body Reshaping
ASPS Patient Information on Thigh Lift