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Park Plaza Plastic Surgery – NYC Plastic Surgeon

Thigh Lift and Thigh Reduction Surgery

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What is thigh lift surgery?

Tight lift is a cosmetic surgery that entails the extraction of excess skin and fat from the tights to get more tone and contour body shape.

Have you recently lost a large amount of weight? If so, and if you are experiencing an excess of skin in the thigh region, our plastic surgeon may suggest you consider a thigh lift. 

Thigh lift treatment targets the skin on the thigh and raises it to reduce excess skin and create a shapelier look. The thigh lift surgery reshapes the thigh and aims to create firmer, more toned thighs and improve the overall appearance of the lower body.

Candidates for Thigh Lift

Dr. Lefkovits wants you to be aware that this treatment is not one to take lightly because it can leave you with large scars.When you come to Park Plaza plastic surgery center, we will assess your thighs’ current state before deciding and following through with a thigh lift.

Patients who may be good candidates include:

  • Patients with stable weight 

Patients need to have a stable weight without frequent changes in the circumference of the thighs. That is the only way to achieve long-lasting and consistent results for the patient with tight lifts.

  • Patients with an excess of soft tissue in the thigh

The primary purpose of the thigh lift procedure is to assist patients with significant loose skin and excess fat deposits in the thigh area that resist diet and exercise. Factors such as fluctuations in weight, massive weight loss, aging, or genetics can contribute to this condition.

  • Patients who are committed to living a healthy lifestyle

Patients for tight lift surgery should be in good overall health, without any underlying medical conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the healing process. Patients should quit smoking before surgery and maintain a free-from-smoking lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise in tight areas to keep achieved shape, which is essential for recovery and stable results.

Thigh Lift Types

Surgeons commonly perform two main types of thigh lifts: inner thigh lift and outer thigh lift. Each type targets specific areas of the thighs and is tailored to meet individual needs.

Inner thigh lift

An inner thigh lift, also called a medial thig lift, focuses on the inner thighs and is suitable for individuals with sagging skin and thighs. 

The inner thigh requires an incision from the groin to the back of the leg. The remaining skin is lifted and tightened to create a smoother, more toned appearance.

Outer thigh lift

An outer thigh lift, or lateral thigh lift, is a specific type of thigh lift procedure that targets excess skin and fat in the outer thigh and buttock area. This surgical technique aims to improve the contour and firmness of the outer thighs, resulting in a more sculpted and harmonious lower body appearance.

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The outer thigh extends high to be hidden in a bathing suit. Dr. Lefkovits will remove excess skin and fat and reshape and tighten the remaining skin in a thigh lift. The remaining skin is lifted and repositioned for a more contoured and balanced appearance.

It’s important to note that the specific technique used during a thigh lift may vary depending on the individual’s unique anatomy and desired results. 

Thigh Lift Surgery Preparation

Preparation is crucial in ensuring a successful thigh lift surgery and smooth recovery. The procedure begins with an initial consultation with a qualified, plastic surgeon specializing in thigh lift procedures. To be sure of the thigh lift surgery choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, that you can completely trust.

The doctor will discuss your expectation and may request a comprehensive medical evaluation with blood tests, imaging scans, or other diagnostic tests to assess your overall physical condition. Some lifestyle adjustments are necessary for the best results, such as a stable weight, a healthy diet, and stopping smoking. The doctor will explain the procedure steps and provide you with detailed pre-operation instructions.

You should arrange support after the procedure in the first couple of days after the surgery to help you with regular daily tasks. 

Following the preparation recommendations, you can enhance your surgical experience and increase the chances of successful thigh lift results.

Thigh Lift Procedure

Tight lift surgery is usually performed as an outpatient, meaning you can go home the same day. The thigh lift procedure typically involves the following steps:


The surgery begins with anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Dr. Lefkovits will discuss the appropriate anesthesia options with you, which usually  encompasses general anesthesia 

Incision Placement

In the next step, the surgeon will make an incision in the targeted area based on the specific type of thigh lift they will perform.

Tissue Removal and Tightening

The surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from the targeted areas through an incision. Liposuction may be combined with the thigh lift to further sculpt and contour the thighs.

Incision Closure

After the surgeon removes the tissue and completes the tightening, the incision is closedd usually with absorbable sutures. 

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While some of the results can immediately appear, in some cases, you need to wait a certain time to pass. The outcomes will depend on the patient’s healing process, adherence to post-operative instructions, and overall lifestyle habits.

Thigh Lift Recovery and Aftercare

The recovery after this procedure requires adherence to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions.

At Park Plaza, NYC Plastic Surgery Center, we support all our patients from the preparation to the end of the procedure, including the recovery period.

Here are some general recommendations regarding recovery and aftercare after tight lift surgery:

  • Compression Garment – the surgeon will suggest you wear a compression garment to help you reduce swelling, support the treated area, and promote faster healing.
  • Wound care – during recovery, it is crucial to keep incision sites clean and dry to minimize the risk of infection based on the instructions that you get from the doctor.
  • Pain relief – after thigh lift surgery, your surgeon will prescribe the necessary medication to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Limited activities – in the first several weeks after the surgery, you should avoid challenging activities, exercise, and heavy lifting to speed up recovery.
  • Swelling and Bruising – are part of the tight lift procedure and will decrease with time. You can lift your leg while resting and avoid prolonged standing or sitting to reduce swelling.
  • Follow-up appointment – allows the surgeon to monitor the patient’s recovery, and you can get answers to all your questions and support from your doctor during the recovery time.

To achieve the best results, you should be patient, follow all instructions, and wait several months for the desired appearance to become visible.

Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery

This surgery offers several benefits, and some of the key benefits are:

  • Improved tight contour and shape
  • Remove stubborn fat from the thigh area
  • Bring smoother skin appearance without cellulite
  • Eliminates discomfort due to thigh rubbing
  • Boost self-confidence, and overall body image and help with wearing clothes
  • Improve mobility by removing excess skin and tissue on the thighs
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Risks and Complications

Most of the risks that follow thigh lift surgery are similar to other plastic surgeries. Some are bleeding, leg swelling, infection, scarring, fluid accumulation, and poor wound healing. To minimize potential risks and complications, talk to your doctor about how to avoid the risk of complications during and after the thigh lift surgery.

It can help if you choose a qualified, experienced surgeon who supports you from the beginning to the end of the tight lift procedure.

To receive the best estimate for Thigh Lift Procedure, please request your free consultation with Dr. Lefkovits. During the virtual/office consultation, Dr. Lefkovits will assess the work required for the procedure.  

At Park Plaza, we offer many financing plans that make this procedure affordable to any budget.

Interested in a Thigh Lift? Schedule a Consultation


If you are interested in a thigh lift in New York City, schedule your thigh lift consultation by calling (212) 750-9494. Our experienced team looks forward to helping you feel more secure in your appearance.