A thigh lift is a body contouring procedure often performed after dramatic weight loss that is intended to remove excess skin and lingering fat from the thighs for smoother skin and natural-looking contours. 


If you have successfully lost the weight and are unable to enjoy your results because of sagging skin around the thighs, contact Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen at Neaman Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation to discuss your thigh lift options.

Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen are board-certified plastic surgeons. They pride themselves on their commitment to learning and applying the most cutting-edge plastic surgery techniques to provide the absolute best results for their patients. Their patient philosophy focuses on collaborating with patients to ensure their goals are met.


Surgical approaches to thigh lifts vary based on the amount of skin to be removed from the thighs and individual factors such as your skin tone and remaining skin elasticity. Thigh lift surgery is usually performed under local or general anesthesia and begins with an incision being made in your groin region, between your upper thigh and your upper body.

From there, excess skin is excised, and any extra fat deposits are removed using liposuction. Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with thigh lifts to remove stubborn fat deposits and further refine the contours of the upper legs. The remaining skin is pulled tight and contoured before being sutured shut.

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The natural aging process, genetics, and weight gain can cause the skin to lose its elasticity. When this happens to the skin around your thighs, you are left with loose, flabby tissue. This is extremely common after someone has lost a large amount of weight as the skin is unable to retract back to its former shape due to being overly stretched. The only way to successfully remove the excess skin is with a thigh lift.


Sagging skin in the thigh area can cause discomfort due to chafing and embarrassment as well as prevent you from participating in various physical activities. By removing the excess skin and fat, not only are you able to wear clothing that you may not have been able to prior, but your self-esteem gets a boost, and your thighs become more proportionate to the rest of your body.

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Immediately following your thigh lift procedure, you will notice a difference in the size and shape of your thighs. Compression garments will need to be worn to help reduce any possible swelling and to aid in shaping your newly contoured thighs. Over the next couple weeks, your thigh appearance will continue to change and be enhanced as swelling and bruising subside. Healing can take up to six weeks, during which you should avoid vigorous exercise. After you are fully healed, you will be left with firmer, more sculpted thighs.

Because the loose, excess skin that remains following substantial weight loss can impact other areas of your body, many patients benefit from a thigh lift as part of a body lift. A body lift may also include an arm lift or other complementary contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?

While a thigh lift can reduce the appearance of cellulite, it does not actually get rid of it.

How long does a thigh lift last?

A thigh lift typically lasts between five to ten years. However, lifestyle choices play a large role in the longevity of results.

What is done in a thigh lift?

During a thigh lift, excess fat and skin are removed and skin and muscles are tightened.

How painful is a thigh lift surgery?

Pain levels while recovering will vary from patient to patient but can easily be managed with medications.

What is thigh lift recovery like?

During your thigh lift recovery, you will need to wear a compression garment for six weeks and rest your legs as much as possible. You will need to stay home from work and your surgeon will let you know when you can return. The full recovery process can take 4-6 weeks.

Is a thigh lift ever covered by insurance?

No. In most cases, a thigh lift is not covered by insurance.

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