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The thighs are arguably one of the toughest areas to target when it comes to weight loss. Patients often find that exercise alone won’t help them achieve the smooth, contoured appearance they’re looking for.

Last year, almost 10,000 people underwent thigh lift operations. Thigh lift procedures focus on removing excess skin in the thigh region and lifting the skin into a taut position. The procedure can also be combined with liposuction.

A thigh lift (also known as a thighplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that looks to tighten folds of loose skin around the inner thigh. Your surgeon will manipulate the excess skin and pull upwards before removal to assess how much needs to be taken away. Larger surpluses of skin can be removed by extending the incision down the inner thigh.

Thigh lift procedures are ideal for patients with good muscle tone who struggle with sagging skin. As the procedure predominantly involves skin excision, it is not necessarily appropriate for patients who also have excess fat in the thigh area. Although if you do have saggy skin and excess fat, a thigh lift can be combined with liposuction.

Thigh lift procedures are appropriate for candidates who:

  • Have excess/sagging skin surrounding their inner and/or outer thigh.
  • Good muscle tone and definition.
  • Lead healthy lifestyles.
  • Do not have any serious, underlying medical conditions that may impair the healing and recovery process post-surgery.

It’s also important that every patient has realistic goals and expectations regarding the procedure. Your consultant will be able to give you an idea of how your result during your consultation using markings of where skin will be removed from.

Thigh lift procedures are performed under general anesthetic (as advised by your consultant before your surgery). Your consultant will then begin making tiny incisions along the thigh (based on areas that are to be treated). Your incision areas will differ depending on the type of thigh lift you are undergoing. For example:

For inner thigh lift procedures, incisions may be made in the groin, extend down, and followed around to the back of your thigh. There are other incision techniques that extend from the groin to the knee, and others that are adopt smaller incision methods. All of which can and will be discussed with your surgeon prior to your surgery.

Outer thigh lift procedures, on the other hand, sometimes require a different type of incision. For example, an incision starting from the groin to around the hip, to the back. Again, incision markings will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.

Once the incisions have been made, your surgeon will begin removing and reshaping the excess skin around your thigh. The incisions are then closed and left to heal.

The procedure usually takes around two to complete and is often combined with liposuction to eliminate pockets of fat and help create more definition. Your surgeon will fully discuss the best treatment plan with you before-hand.

While every patient will be given a different price based on their individual needs, the average cost of a thigh lift procedure ranges between £1,500 - £3,500. However, this is simply a guide price and costs do vary depending on your individual requirements. The complete cost of your procedure will be discussed during your consultation with one of our specialists.

Choosing your surgeon is one of the most important steps during any cosmetic procedure. It is vital that you choose a surgeon who is fully accredited and on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. Undergoing a cosmetic procedure is an extremely personal decision and experience, which is why it’s so important you choose a surgeon that you feel comfortable with.

The surgeons who are able to perform thigh lift procedures at The McIndoe Centre have been listed below:

  • ● Charles Nduka
  • Simon Mackey
  • Oliver Harley
  • Martin Jones
  • Elena Prousskaia
  • TC Teo
  • Paul Banwell
  • Baljit Dheansa
  • Marc Pacifico
  • Nora Nugent
  • Mark Pickford
  • Adam Blackburn
  • Asit Khandwala
  • Anita Hazari
  • Siva Kumar
  • Sam Orkar

Additionally, because thigh lift procedures are classified as elective surgeries, it’s unlikely your insurance will cover the surgery. However, The McIndoe Centre are able to help with financing your treatment. For more information on our payment process, please call us on 01342 488054.

All consultants at The McIndoe Centre are fully accredited and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. A number of our consultants who specialise in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are also members of leading professional bodies such as BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons).

During your consultation at The McIndoe Centre, you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. We understand that electing to have surgery is a very personal decision and our friendly team will do everything in their power to ensure you are well taken care of.

During your consultation, you may want to raise and discuss the following:

  • Your expectations and results post-surgery.
  • Whether you have any medical conditions or drug allergies (including anaesthetic).
  • Any previous surgeries you have had.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss:

  • Your health status, including any conditions, allergies or risk factors that may compromise the surgery.
  • Make markings and outlines of the surgical process, specifically areas where skin will be removed and reshaped.
  • Recommend a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
  • Take photos for ‘before and after’ purposes.
  • Your expectations and the outcome of your thigh lift procedure.

Asking questions about your procedure is very important, as it’s for both our and your benefit that you understand every aspect of your surgery. It’s completely natural to feel slightly anxious about your surgery, but asking questions and speaking with your consultant will help alleviate any concerns you may have.

Compression bandages will be applied to your thigh region post-surgery to help heal and protect the area. After surgery, your consultant will explain your aftercare process in detail. You will be told how to care for your thigh, what painkillers are appropriate to take alongside and when to revisit your surgeon for a check-up. Any other specific instructions from your consultant will also be detailed after your surgery.

Tenderness is to be expected after surgery, this is completely normal and is simply part of your healing process. It’s also important to ensure you give your incisions time to heal and that you don’t subject your legs to any strenuous exercise.

When performed by an accredited surgeon, the results of your thigh lift can be life-changing. The results will be apparent almost immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising will mask your results for a few weeks soon after.

Following your thigh lift procedure, your skin should feel smoother and you will be able to notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance and feel. You may notice some very minor scarring initially, but your overall results will last a lifetime, providing you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Of course, as you age, your skin will naturally lose some of its firmness, but your results should remain noticeable.

While thigh lift procedures are known to produce good results, your expectations must be realistic. Sometimes patients may require two surgeries in order to achieve optimal results, but this will be discussed with your consultant during your consultation.

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