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Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

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Procedure Duration

Surgery Length

2 Hours



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Synopsis of Surgery

The process of removing excess skin around the thigh due to dramatic weight loss and/or loose skin from ageing.


6 weeks until resuming physical exercise

2 weeks off from work/household duties


General Anesthesia

Alternative Names

Lower Body Lift

Aging or weight loss can cause a person’s upper thighs to become saggy and lose the firmness they may once have had. The skin may take on an uneven texture as well. While exercise can help tone leg and thigh muscles, it cannot fix weakness in the underlying tissue or get rid of specific fat deposits. It also cannot tighten skin that has lost its elasticity. In such cases, thigh lift surgery may be the answer.

A thigh lift can help patients feel more confident about their appearance and allow them to wear short pants or skirts without self-consciousness by creating legs with a firm, youthful look.

The Thigh Lift Procedure

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure to shape a patient’s thighs by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissue. It may also be performed in conjunction with liposuction to remove or sculpt localized fat as well. A thigh lift will leave a scar in the groin or down the inside of the thigh that may show if the legs are crossed, but will otherwise normally be hidden.

Experience and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform approximately 50 to 100 thigh lift procedures per year. This makes Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin well experienced in thigh lift surgery. They are able to achieve natural-looking results with the minimum amount of scarring.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

If you are considering this important surgery please explore the links on the left to learn more. If you have more questions about whether a Thigh Lift in Toronto/Mississauga is for you, please contact us at [email protected] to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.

What is a Thigh Lift?

Thigh lift procedures are normally performed under general anaesthesia on an outpatient basis.

During a thigh lift procedure, the surgeon typically makes an incision from the groin extending down and around the thigh, although an incision from the groin across the hip may also be used to address issues with the outer thigh. In all cases, the inner tissues of the thigh will be pulled together, remodeled, and made tighter with sutures. Then the excess skin will be removed and the incisions sutured closed.

The number and placement of incisions will depend upon the amount of skin reduction and remodeling required in order to achieve the desired results. Incisions will be placed in strategic locations whenever possible so as to hide the scars under clothes (including bathing suits). A thigh lift procedure normally takes two to three hours.

The following images are presented for educational purposes only and should be interpreted subjectively. They do not represent the opinion or view of any patient regarding their result, and they are not intended to suggest the result that may be achieved by any other patient. The images are presented as factual guidelines and merely represent results that have been achieved by others. No two patients are alike and no two results are necessarily alike. Only a personal consultation with your surgeon can provide you with a reasonable expectation of the results you may achieve from any specific procedure.

Where Your Thigh Lift is Performed

Your thigh lift can be performed right on site in the state-of-the-art facilities of The Plastic Surgery Clinic. The Clinic meets or exceeds national, provincial, and municipal health care facility standards in such important areas as equipment quality and infection control.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your surgery at one of the hospitals where the highly skilled plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Clinic enjoy privileges. These include the Mississauga site of the TrilliumHealth Centre and the University Health Network in Toronto.

No matter where you choose to have your surgery, there is always a surgeon on call to respond to your concerns. In addition, a board-certified anaesthesiologist will administer your local or general anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and be there as you wake up.

The Best Candidates for a Thigh Lift

The best candidates for thigh lift surgery have excess skin or loose tissue in their thighs but are at a fairly stable weight and not obese.

Ideal candidates are also non-smokers without underlying health conditions that might make surgery riskier than normal. Smokers should quit for at least two weeks before and after surgery, because smoking inhibits healing.

A realistic expectation of the results is also very important. To this end, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are always careful to explain everything about your procedure as clearly as possible, including the risks and the most likely outcomes.

A thigh lift can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Feeling better about your appearance can make you feel better about yourself. Studies show that this kind of surgery often improves quality of life. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with an experienced Toronto/Mississauga thigh lift surgeon such as Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.

Preparing for a Thigh Lift

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are proud to have helped so many thigh lift patients in Toronto and Mississauga learn to feel comfortable in shorts, skirts, and bathing suits that reveal or even show off their thighs.

Because surgery of any sort can make patients feel nervous or apprehensive, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin listen carefully to a patient’s desires and provide expert guidance on what each type of surgery can and cannot do. They will carefully explain the potential benefits, as well as the risks, in order to make you feel secure and comfortable with the procedure.

Your consultation will involve a physical examination, including a thorough medical history, and a discussion about your goals with surgery. You will be asked to describe your ideal look; if you can, you should bring in pictures that show body shapes that you admire.

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin will spend as much time as you need to make sure both you and your surgeon know exactly what you want. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it is crucial that you understand what a realistic outcome is likely to be.

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin will examine you to determine exactly what procedure or combination of procedures will best help you meet your goals. For a thigh lift, where the incision will be made and whether liposuction is needed will be carefully discussed. Your surgeon will work with you to recommend the procedure that will help you come closest to achieving your desired results.

Preparing for Thigh Lift Surgery

Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to prepare for surgery in order to achieve the best result, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain vitamins and medications. Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of one or two weeks before surgery and during recovery, as smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing. You may also be asked to refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammation drugs, or certain herbal supplements, as they may increase bleeding during the surgery.

Recovery Following a Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery is performed at The Plastic Surgery Clinic as a day surgery procedure. A friend or relative will need to come and pick you up and stay with you at home for at least 24 hours.

After the operation, in addition to any bandages placed over the incisions, the thighs will be contained within an elastic (compression) bandage or garment to keep swelling under control. Small tubes may be put in place to temporarily drain fluids that may collect after the procedure.

It may take several months for the bruising and swelling to fully recede. Patients should refrain from any strenuous activity for six to eight weeks. The scars will fade by six months.

The Pain Relief Pump™

Pain after surgery is not only uncomfortable, it can also slow down the healing process. That is why the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Clinic take the time to anticipate their patients’ pain needs in advance, in order to help reduce the time it takes for you to get back on your feet.

They have introduced the revolutionary Pain Relief Pump™ to ease the pain during the first 24 hours after surgery. This MP3 player-sized device is worn in a belt around the waist, with a hair-thin tube connecting it to the surgical site. Completely automatically, the device regularly delivers a long-acting local anesthetic into the wound.

The result is that patients feel absolutely no pain. That means that patients do not usually need to take prescription pain medicines, which can be associated with significant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and allergic reactions.

Toronto cosmetic surgery patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic experience no pain, heal faster, feel happier, have less swelling, and simply recover more quickly. The Pain Relief Pump™ has proven invaluable to plastic surgery patients and is almost exclusively available at The Plastic Surgery Clinic.

Thigh Lift Risks & Complications

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin perform 50-100 thigh lift procedures each year. The results are ordinarily positive and complications are rare. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery, and there are specific complications associated with this procedure. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you thoroughly during the consultation process.

Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics, but may require a hospital stay. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon as possible after the surgery. At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic in Toronto, patients are given anti-embolic stockings that they are asked to wear for one week following surgery. We also have a specialized device called a sequential compression pump that gently massages the patient’s legs during surgery and, combined with the stockings, greatly decreases the risk of blood clots in the legs.

Poor healing, which can result in conspicuous scars, may require a second operation. Smokers are advised to quit, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.

You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.

Please keep in mind that at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we will treat any complication that may arise.

Thigh Lift Photo Gallery

Most of the thigh lift patients at the Plastic Surgery Clinic are very happy with their results. Thigh lift surgery normally results in thighs that are toned, youthful, and natural-looking. Thigh lift surgery typically has an immediate, long-lasting effect, provided patients maintain a healthy weight.

The scars are not normally visible unless the legs are crossed in a seated position, and should fade over time.

Any plastic surgery procedure may have an impact on your friends and family. Some may not see much difference, while others may act resentful. If this happens, remind yourself of your goals going into surgery and remember that you did this for yourself and your own satisfaction, not to please anyone else.

During your free consultation, your plastic surgeon will provide you with a wide range of photos so that you can see the results of actual thigh lift patients at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. To see a small selection of successful surgery results, please visit our thigh lift photo gallery.

Cost of a Thigh Lift

You may have concerns that a thigh lift procedure is prohibitavely expensive, but most of our patients find that it is in fact very affordable. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we want everyone to be able to make the most of who they are, and so we have financing options available to help you reach your goals sooner. In a complimentary consultation with one of our world renowned plastic surgeons you will discuss your goals and the details of your surgery; then you will be given a detailed estimate of what the surgery will cost. Afterward, one of our excellent patient coordinators will go over payment and financing options with you. Many of our thigh lift patients have remarked that what originally seemed like a daunting cost now feels like an important investment in their happiness.

To find out more about the cost of a thigh lift, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.

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