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Who Is a Candidate?

In general, candidates for a thigh lift include:

  • Those with significant thigh skin laxity
  • Individuals who have lost significant weight
  • Those with stable weight and are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

For more information about our thigh lift procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.


Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take photographs
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up, and what help you will need after the procedure


Pain from a thigh lift varies but is usually mild. Patients are given pain pills to alleviate the discomfort, but usually only need them for a few days.

The decision to have thigh lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

We will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Skin discoloration and/or swelling
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Asymmetry
  • Blood clots, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Anesthesia risks


A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. We offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Costs include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating room and supplies
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post surgery garments
  • Medical tests
  • Anesthesia fees

Most health insurance plans will not cover thigh lift surgery. When choosing a plastic surgeon for thigh lift surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.


Anesthesia—General: The patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected, either by a standard breathing tube, or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that goes in the back of the throat but doesn’t go down the trachea. Through the airway, an anesthesiologist gives gases to put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

Anesthesia—Local: The surgical area is numbed up with an injection, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Anesthesia— Sedation (Twilight): The patient is made sleepy with medications given through an IV. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleepy to very sleepy. Sometimes sedation is given by the surgeon, but most of the time it is administered by an M.D. anesthesiologist.

Circumferential Thigh Lift: The combination of a medial and a lateral thigh lift done together.

Excision: To remove the skin.

Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Lateral Thigh Lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the outer thigh.

Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.

Longitudinal Thigh Lift: Removes skin from inside the thigh running from the groin down to the knee. This incision is much longer, and is similar to that done for an arm lift.

Medial Thigh Lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the upper, inner thigh.

Skin Laxity: Degree of loose skin.

Sutures: Stitches used to hold skin and tissue together.


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