You might find that after losing weight you have loose skin and/or fat on your thighs which resists any improvement through exercise. This can affect not just your body confidence, but also cause certain mobility issues. Thigh lift surgery, also called thighplasty, aims to achieve firmer and more aesthetically pleasing thighs.
Thigh lifts achieve this by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. Many people enjoy the confidence this surgery brings, and feel able to wear clothes which show off their body more after treatment.
After having a thigh lift, your self-esteem can be boosted, thanks to the improved appearance of the skin and a more proportionate figure, which will naturally lead to making clothes shopping much more enjoyable. You can wear clothes that are more figure revealing, as well as a greater variety of clothing styles.
You’ll be able to talk in detail with your surgeon about the results you want to achieve. They’ll work with you to obtain the right outcome for you and your body. During your consultation, you’ll see for yourself the results that other patients have achieved with a thigh lift and the difference it’s made to their lives.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you are aware of any potential risks that a thigh lift may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information about your procedure. As a guide, risks include pain, bleeding, infections, blood clots, numbness, minor asymmetries of scars, residual bulges and altered skin sensations.
A thigh lift procedure is recommended if you are close to your ideal weight already and you’re looking to restore the youthful contours of the lower body. This procedure shouldn’t be seen as weight loss surgery.
You’d be an ideal candidate if you have excess soft tissue in the outer or inner thighs which you’ve not been able to shift through exercise. We’ll also ask you to be able to commit to leading a healthy lifestyle following the procedure – with exercise and a good diet. As ever, it’s helpful to have an optimistic outlook and be emotionally ready for surgery.
The procedure is not recommended if you are significantly overweight, have frequent weight changes, have a medical condition that interferes with wound healing, or if you’re a smoker.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the thigh lift cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the thigh lift cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
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Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The first step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering thigh lift surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from surgery. You can discuss every aspect of your thigh lift, from the surgical method and recovery time to the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic.
Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. Your general health will also be assessed and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment for you. If you only need to have excess fat removed, rather than excess skin, liposuction may be a more suitable alternative.
A thigh lift may also be combined with a buttock lift, tummy tuck, or arm lift. There is a limit to the amount of surgery that can be completed on one day, but your surgeon can recommend a phased plan to give you the best results and ensure good recovery between each surgery session. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in hospital overnight after surgery. On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll then be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.
During the two-hour procedure, your surgeon will make incisions along the inner thigh, which may extend from the knee to the groin area. After the removal of the excess skin and reshaping of the thigh area, the skin is carefully re-joined. Successful thigh lift surgery demands precise surgical skill as well as an appreciation of body aesthetics, as the procedure is not just about removing excess skin, but also resculpting the thigh area to produce the right body shape with the minimum of visible scarring. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the thighs.
After you have had your thigh lift procedure, the incisions will be covered in bandages. You may be required to wear a compression sleeve for a few weeks to keep swelling down.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Before you go home, your nurse will talk to you about how to take care of your stitches. It’s important that the wounds are kept dry and the dressings are left intact.
It’s likely that you’ll see someone from your cosmetic surgery team a day or two after your thigh lift, and they may remove your bandages. You’ll also have an appointment to see your surgeon again, when they will remove your stitches and check on your progress.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. Thigh lift patients are advised to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks.
You’ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you’re healing well and happy with your results. Any scarring should be straight and neat, and normally it will be placed where it’s least noticeable. Although all surgery leaves scars, these should fade over time.
Should you have any questions or concerns at all after your thigh lift surgery, you can contact our 24/7 helpline for advice. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.
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