Saber Plastic Surgery

Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery brings definition to a patient’s thighs by removing excess skin and fat while reshaping the contours of the inner or outer thighs. Sometimes, adhering to a healthy diet and exercise may not be enough to remove stubborn fat. Even when it is, weight loss can often result in unsightly loose and sagging skin around the thighs. Patients who seek a thigh lift often desire more toned and youthful inner or outer thighs and require a thigh-trimming procedure.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sepideh Saber brings in-depth knowledge, skill, and sensitivity to every procedure. She also brings a uniquely female perspective which can foster better communication and outcomes with patients of all genders. Dr. Saber offers different types of thighplasties depending on each patient’s individual needs.

A mini thigh lift is used to trim and tighten loose skin along the upper third portion of the inner thigh. It does not tighten the entire thigh and is beneficial only in patients who have sagging skin in the upper part of their inner thighs. A small incision is made along the inner groin crease, and this is used as an access site for liposuction before the removal of excess skin. The result is a slimmer, smoother, and more toned inner thigh.

An inner thigh lift, also known as a medial thigh lift, addresses excess skin and fat along the inner part of the upper thigh. It is a powerful procedure for patients who struggle to get rid of fat in this trouble zone and for those who are seeking to trim and tone this area by removing saggy skin and excess folds that can occur with aging or after weight loss. The incision used for this lift extends from the front to the back of the inner thigh; however, it is strategically placed along the patient’s natural groin crease to minimize visible scarring. This procedure is used to remove a significant amount of fat and skin and to lift, tone, and tighten the inner thigh.

A vertical thigh lift is reserved for patients who have loose skin that extends around the entire thigh. Unlike the inner thigh lift that treats the upper inner thigh, the vertical thigh lift is a thighplasty that lifts the upper, middle, and lower portions of the thigh. However, this procedure requires a more visible incision. While the inner thigh lift scar is typically hidden along the groin crease, the vertical thigh lift requires an additional incision that extends from the upper inner thigh down to the inner knee. This scar will not be hidden in underwear and is only recommended for patients who require the removal of excessive amounts of skin.

An outer thigh lift, also known as a lateral thigh lift, removes skin and fat from the outer portion of the thigh. The outer thigh lift is most commonly performed together with a buttock lift. The incision is made around the upper border of the buttocks and wraps around the upper border of the hips. Liposuction is first used to remove excess fat along the entire length of the outer thigh, and the excess outer thigh skin is then pulled up and excised. The incision for this procedure is large; however, the scar is usually hidden in most underwear. The result is a contoured lower body with a slimmer, tighter, and smoother appearance of the outer thighs. When the back and side incisions are joined with an abdominoplasty incision, this procedure is called a circumferential lower body lift.


Thigh Lift

A thigh lift can enhance a patient’s body shape and appearance with the following benefits:

  • Reduces excess and sagging skin
  • Tightens and firms the inner and/or outer thighs
  • Improves the contour and overall appearance of the lower body
  • Increases comfort during daily activities and results in a boost of self-confidence


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Is a Thigh Lift Right for You?

While prospective patients need to remember thigh lifts are not meant for the sole purpose of removing excess fat, the treatment is often done in combination with liposuction for overall fat removal and improving the shape and proportions of thighs for those with poor skin elasticity.

Thigh lift candidates should be healthy individuals at a relatively stable weight and with realistic expectations.

What is the Process for a Thigh Lift?


Dr. Saber will meet with you to review your medical history in addition to discussing your goals. During this time, the doctor will learn about your needs and give her recommended course of action. She will discuss with you the risks as well as the benefits of the procedure, although most of these risks are minor.

The Procedure

Your surgery will begin with general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Dr. Saber will then make the necessary incisions as described above. Incisions are generally placed strategically to minimize visible scarring. The procedure often includes liposuction. Finally, the skin is lifted and unwanted fat and skin are removed before the incision is closed.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

Small drainage tubes may be put in place to temporarily assist with any excess fluid buildup that occurs during your recovery. While some swelling is expected, discomfort is generally minimal and can be managed with medication.

Patients should plan to rest at home for seven to ten days and avoid strenuous activities as much as possible. As swelling gradually decreases over the weeks following the surgery, patients can increasingly return to regular activities and exercise as recommended by Dr. Saber.

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For more information on thigh lift surgery or any of Dr. Saber’s other services, contact her office at the number on your screen or via the contact page.