Thigh lift surgery, if performed alone, takes about 2-3 hours to complete and is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During a thigh lift surgery, the most common incision points are placed in the groin and in many cases, depending on the amount of skin to be removed, extends downward. The hanging skin is trimmed away and the underlying tissue is re-draped and tightened. Depending on the needs of the patient, the doctor will either perform a medial thigh lift, targeting the inner thigh, or a lateral thigh lift, which targets the outer thigh. Patients who have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted
as well. This combination approach is sometimes incorporated into an overall lower body lift for severe skin sagging. The recovery for a thigh lift is somewhat slow, but this is primarily due to the location of the incisions. On average, patients can expect to return to light activities within 2 weeks, and complete their recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Because of newly enhanced thighs and a slimmer thigh appearance, patients find that their self-confidence improves greatly after this surgery.