Thigh Lift

What is an inner thigh lift?

An inner thigh lift is a procedure to remove excess tissue from the upper inner thighs. It can tighten and lift tissues from the thighs to the groin. It will leave scars in the groin creases as well as the inner aspects of the thighs running down to the knees.

How is it performed?

The operation requires a general anaesthetic and may take two to three hours to perform. You will stay in hospital for two to three nights after the surgery. You may or may not have drains, which are tubes that come from underneath your wound to drainage bottles. If these are used, they are to help reduce fluid build up and tend to stay for two to three nights then they are simply removed. You will often have a urinary catheter that will be removed once you are comfortable enough to pass urine yourself.

What are the benefits?

The aim of surgery is to remove the excess hanging tissue from the inner thighs and lift them at the same time. This will help improve symptoms related to the excess skin such as rashes, blistering, irritation and also improve mobility by removing the heavy hanging tissue, which may aid in exercise and further weight loss.


Possible thigh lift surgery risks include:

  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Poor wound healing
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Major wound separation
  • Asymmetry
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Persistent pain
  • Skin discoloration and/or swelling
  • Skin loss
  • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Possibility of revisionary surgery