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Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery, or thighplasty, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and more proportionate contours. This surgical intervention is particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, leading to sagging thigh skin that cannot be corrected through exercise alone, or for those who are troubled by the natural loss of skin elasticity due to ageing. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a reputable plastic surgeon in the UK, expertly performs thigh lift surgery, tailoring each procedure to your unique anatomical features and aesthetic goals. Her approach is meticulous, ensuring not just the removal of excess skin and fat for a tighter appearance, but also focusing on minimising scarring and achieving a natural, harmonious look that enhances the overall body silhouette.

At a glance

Length of surgery
2-3 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
7-10 days off work
6 weeks

Table of Contents

Who Needs Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is particularly suited for individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their thighs due to excess skin and fat. Ideal candidates for this procedure include:

  • Individuals with Significant Weight Loss: Those who have lost a large amount of weight and are left with loose, excess skin on their thighs that cannot be remedied through diet and exercise.
  • Ageing Individuals: Age-related loss of skin elasticity can lead to sagging skin on the thighs. A thigh lift can help restore a firmer, more youthful appearance.
  • People with a Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals may naturally accumulate excess fat or have less skin elasticity in the thigh area. Thigh lift surgery can address these concerns, improving the thigh contour and symmetry.
  • Patients Seeking Improved Body Contour: People who desire a more toned and contoured appearance of their thighs, especially if they feel that the size or shape of their thighs is out of balance with the rest of their body, may find thigh lift surgery beneficial.
  • Those Committed to a Stable Weight: It’s important for candidates to have maintained a stable weight for a significant period. Fluctuations in weight can affect the results of the surgery, so ideal candidates are those who are at or near their target weight and committed to maintaining it.

Candidates should also be non-smokers, or willing to quit prior to surgery and throughout the recovery process, as smoking can significantly impair healing and increase the risk of complications. Anca conducts a comprehensive evaluation during the consultation to ensure that thigh lift surgery is suitable for you, discussing your health history, aesthetic goals, and realistic expectations of the outcomes.

Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery offers many benefits, enhancing not only the physical appearance of the thighs but also improving the overall quality of life for many patients. Anca, leveraging her vast experience in plastic surgery, ensures that patients receive personalised care designed to maximise these benefits:

  • Improved Thigh Contour and Shape: The primary advantage of thigh lift surgery is the significant improvement in the shape and contour of the thighs. By removing excess skin and fat, Anca helps patients achieve firmer, more toned thighs that better match their body’s proportions and their aesthetic goals.
  • Increased Comfort and Mobility: Excess skin on the thighs can lead to discomfort, chafing, and irritation, particularly during physical activities. Post-surgery, patients often report a dramatic reduction in these issues, leading to improved comfort during daily activities and enhanced mobility.
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: The psychological benefits of thigh lift surgery are profound. Many patients experience a boost in self-esteem and confidence as a result of their improved body image. This newfound confidence can translate into various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional endeavours.
  • Expanded Clothing Options: With a slimmer thigh profile, patients find a wider array of clothing options available to them, including styles and fits that may have been uncomfortable or unflattering prior to surgery. This can lead to a more enjoyable and diverse wardrobe.
  • Long-Lasting Results: While no cosmetic procedure can stop the ageing process, the results of a thigh lift are long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle. You can expect to enjoy their new thigh contour for many years to come.
  • Reduction in Skin-Related Issues: By removing overlapping areas of skin, the risk of skin infections and irritations commonly associated with excess skin folds is significantly reduced, leading to improved skin health and comfort.


Before & After

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Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift

Targeting the inner thigh, this procedure is ideal for those with excess skin and fat in the area. An incision is typically made at the junction where the thigh meets the pubic area, allowing for the removal of skin and fat to create a more toned and tightened appearance. This technique is popular among patients looking to improve the inner thigh contour and reduce skin friction.

Outer (Lateral) Thigh Lift

This technique focuses on lifting and reshaping the outer thigh. It is often more extensive than an inner thigh lift and may involve incisions that extend from the groin around the hip. An outer thigh lift is suitable for patients seeking improvement in the outer thigh and hip area, offering significant contour enhancements.

Bilateral Thigh Lift

Addressing both the front and outside of the thigh, the bilateral thigh lift involves an incision at the top of the leg where the lower edge of a bikini bottom might lie. This allows for the tightening of skin on both the front and outer thigh simultaneously, suitable for patients with moderate to significant skin excess who desire a more comprehensive thigh reshaping.

Spiral Thigh Lift

A more advanced and comprehensive procedure, the spiral thigh lift targets the front, back, inner, and outer thigh by making an incision that wraps around the thigh. This option is best for patients with significant skin laxity all around the thigh, often after massive weight loss.

How Is the Procedure Performed

The specific technique Anca uses during a thigh lift will depend on the chosen type of thigh lift and the extent of the area being treated. However, the general steps of the procedure are as follows:

  • Anaesthesia: Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
  • Incision: Depending on the type of thigh lift, Anca makes a carefully planned incision in the designated area. For an inner thigh lift, the incision is usually made in the groin area, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh if necessary. For outer and bilateral thigh lifts, the incision may be more extensive to allow for greater skin and fat removal and lifting.
  • Removing Excess Skin and Fat: Through these incisions, Anca removes excess fat (using liposuction if necessary) and trims away the excess skin. The underlying tissues are then reshaped and tightened with internal sutures.
  • Closing the Incisions: The skin is smoothly redraped over the newly shaped contours, and the incisions are closed with sutures. In some cases, surgical adhesive tapes or skin adhesives may be used.

Anca customises the thigh lift procedure for each patient, taking into account their body shape, the amount of correction desired, and ensuring the scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Her goal is to achieve a natural-looking thigh contour that harmonises with the patient’s overall body proportions.

Thigh lift surgery can be categorised into several types, each designed to address specific areas of concern around the thighs. Anca offers the following thigh lift variations, selecting the most appropriate technique based on your individual needs and the extent of correction required: Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift, Outer (Lateral) Thigh LiftBilateral Thigh Lift, and  Spiral Thigh Lift.


Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from thigh lift surgery is an important component of the journey, with Anca providing guidance and support to ensure a smooth healing process. The following outlines the typical recovery and aftercare steps:

  • Initial Recovery: Immediately following the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. Compression garments are often recommended to support the healing tissues and reduce swelling.
  • Pain Management: Anca will prescribe medication to manage any post-surgery pain, ensuring you remain as comfortable as possible during the initial recovery phase.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks post-surgery. Anca provides tailored advice on when it’s safe to resume different types of activities based on your healing progress.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular check-ups with Anca are crucial to monitor the healing process, remove sutures if necessary, and address any concerns that may arise. These appointments are an opportunity to ensure everything is progressing as expected.
  • Long-Term Care: To maintain the results of the surgery, you are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a stable weight, eating a balanced diet, and engaging in regular physical activity. Proper skincare can also play a role in enhancing the longevity of the results.

Adhering to Anca’s aftercare instructions is key to achieving the best possible outcome and minimising the risk of complications.


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How Much Is Thigh Lift Surgery in the UK

The cost of thigh lift surgery in the UK can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, the specific technique used, the experience of the surgeon, and the geographical location of the clinic. Anca is committed to providing transparent and comprehensive pricing information to all her patients, ensuring they have a clear understanding of the financial aspects of their surgical journey.

On average, thigh lift surgery in the UK can range from £5,000 to £8,000. This price can include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia costs, hospital or facility fees, and post-operative care. However, the final cost may vary based on individual patient needs, such as the combination of thigh lift surgery with other procedures like liposuction for enhanced contouring effects.

During the initial consultation, Anca provides a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with thigh lift surgery, including any potential additional expenses, so you can make an informed decision without any hidden surprises.



Frequently asked questions

If you have sagging skin on the inner thighs as a result of ageing or weight loss and you want to improve the shape of your legs, thighplasty might be the recommended treatment for you. This procedure is not intended as an alternative to weight management, and a healthy weight and BMI are criteria that must be met before undergoing surgery.

This surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. After the surgery, you can expect to experience a certain level of pain and discomfort, but these can be easily managed with analgesic medication.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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