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Body Procedure

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery can remove excess skin and fat to improve the shape and proportions of the thighs. Aging and massive weight fluctuations may lead to sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits on the thighs, causing discomfort, chafing, and poor self-image.

Dr. Louis Bonaldi performs thigh lift surgery to improve the shape and contour of the thighs and to enhance a patient’s appearance and self-confidence.


Candidates for thigh lift surgery include men and women who are in good general health and who are at or near their ideal body weight. Significant weight gain or weight loss after a thigh lift is likely to compromise the results of the procedure. Prospective patients should have loose, sagging skin due to aging, massive weight loss, bariatric surgery, or other related factors. Candidates should have a desire to improve the appearance of their thighs or correct hygienic or other issues related to sagging skin on the thighs. Most importantly, candidates should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.

The Procedure

A thigh lift is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Dr. Bonaldi makes an incision along the inner groin crease to remove excess fat and skin. The incision length varies according to the modifications needed to achieve the desired results. While there will be scarring, in most cases the scars can easily be hidden by clothing and will fade over time. Depending on the changes needed, incisions may also run down toward the knee. The procedure typically lasts one hour.

Thigh lift surgery can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other procedures to remove excess skin and fat from the body. The thigh lift is most commonly combined with body contouring procedures such as the lower body lift, tummy tuck, buttock lift, and/or liposuction.

Recovery and Results

After thigh lift surgery, patients should wear a compression garment for several weeks to minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising may last for three weeks, and oral pain medications can be taken to relieve discomfort. Patients should rest and occasionally walk to promote circulation and to reduce the risk of blood clots. Slow and deliberate movements during the first two to three weeks will help to reduce stress on the incision sites. Patients are typically able to return to work within five to seven days but should wait a full six weeks before resuming exercise. The full results will be visible after about nine to twelve months and reveal tighter, slimmer legs. Results are permanent as long as the patient maintains a stable and healthy body weight.

To schedule your consultation for thigh lift surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Louis Bonaldi, please contact us at (775) 828-7400 today.