Thigh Lift

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta

Loss of muscle mass, sagging skin and genetic factors all play a part in the contour of your thighs. For some people, all the exercising and dieting in the world won't improve their appearance. No matter what we do, we cannot seem to lift and firm our thighs.

The thighplasty or thigh lift works by removing the loose skin and sagging fatty tissue over the upper inner portion of the thigh down to the knees. This procedure is often performed for patients who have experienced significant weight loss.

Deciding if You Are Right For Thigh Lift

The average patient is a female in her late 40s and older. Men also occasionally undergo this procedure, usually after massive weight loss. Massive weight loss patients are performing this procedure more often. The patient typically complains their thighs have loose, sagging flabby skin. The patient also may or may not have lost weight, resulting in looser skin. Due to embarassment, a patient may also complain that they cannot or will not wear any type of clothing that reveals their thighs.

How it's Done

The upper portion of the thigh is marked preoperatively. In the operating room, this area is infiltrated with a sterile saline solution containing a local anesthetic as well as epinephrine solution to cut down on any bleeding or bruising. The skin is undermined and pulled into the desired position, the loose skin is marked and removed. The deep tissues are approximated with sutures. All of the sutures are beneath the skin and do not have to be removed. A compression garment is placed over your legs to start firming and re-contouring your new, lifted thighs.


The recovery is a little slow at first. This surgery probably carries a little more likelihood that small setbacks in healing will be encountered during the healing process. The buttocks will be tender and there is usually mild to moderate swelling or edema in the thigh and lower leg. This swelling usually starts to resolve within about five days of surgery with leg elevation.

Pain medications control this tenderness very well and most patients stop taking pain medication after about 3-5 days. A compression garment is worn for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This helps re-establish the contours, decrease edema or swelling and decrease healing time while adding comfort.

What to expect

The results of the lift are noticed immediately after surgery. You will notice that your thigh is firmer and much more contoured and tight. It is usually a little larger secondary to the swelling that occurs from surgery. This swelling resolves over 3-6 weeks and the final results are appreciated somewhere between 3-6 months after surgery.


As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with thighplasty. Absolutely following your postoperative instructions and returning to our Atlanta office for post-op care will minimize your risks. Please see the informed consent for a more complete list of thigh lift risks.

Recovery timeline

  • First day. Moderate discomfort. Hurts the most while using the bathroom or sitting down.
  • Day 2-5 tenderness rapidly resolves. Able to move around very well.
  • Day 5-7. Patients usually return to work.
  • Two to three weeks. Patients start to increase activities and can return to slow progress of exercising.
  • Patients may return to full exercise 6-8 weeks after surgery.
  • Continue with diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes over the course of your lifetime.

Learn More About Thigh Lift Surgery in Atlanta

Would you like to learn more about thigh lift surgery in Atlanta? Contact the office of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen. Our plastic surgery office is located in the Buckhead area of North Atlanta. Call (404) 367‐9005 to inquire about a consultation.