What is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is an effective solution to excess, sagging skin on the thighs. This procedure lifts and tightens lax skin to improve the overall contour of the inner and outer thighs for improved physical comfort and a boost in self-confidence.

Who is a Candidate?

Adults who are bothered by excess, sagging skin on their thighs can often benefit from this procedure. A thigh lift is ideal for patients who are in overall good health without any serious pre-existing medical conditions and are at a stable weight. It is important to note that this procedure is not a treatment for obesity and should not be treated as such. A consultation is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.


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The Thigh Lift Procedure

Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be administered for your comfort during this procedure. The incision pattern used will be dependent on the areas to be treated, the amount of correction needed, and Dr. Willis’ preference. There are two main thigh lift techniques, including an inner thigh lift and an outer thigh lift. With both, incisions will be specifically placed where they can be hidden under clothing.

Inner Thigh Lift

An incision is often placed in the groin, continuing down and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another technique may include removing extra skin from the groin down to the knee through an incision along the inseam.

Outer Thigh Lift

An incision will be created in the groin extending around the hip and across the back.


Following thigh lift surgery your incisions will be covered with dressings and a surgical compression garment to reduce swelling. Temporary surgical drains may also be placed to collect excess fluid. The compression garment should be worn at all times for about 3-4 weeks, after which you can change to your own form-fitting support clothing. Patients should avoid getting their incisions wet for at least four weeks or until they are completely healed. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first few days, and heavy lifting avoided for at least six weeks. Dr. Willis will give you specific post-op instructions regarding recovery for the best results.

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If you would like to improve your thighs with a thigh lift contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA today to schedule your consultation appointment. Dr. Willis will speak with you regarding your aesthetic goals and the appropriate treatment options to help you look and feel your best.

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