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The Preparation

To prepare for a thigh lift, you should stop taking certain blood-thinning medications at least two weeks before your procedure. Dr. Vallecillos may prescribe you other medications to aid healing. Smoking should be stopped two weeks before any type of surgical procedure. Medical clearance by an independent physician is necessary for patients over the age of 45.

The Procedure


Most patients will undergo general anesthesia for a thigh lift, though twilight anesthesia may also be used, where the patient is sedated but still remains awake.

The Procedure

A thigh lift is comprised of a combination of surgical procedures and techniques to reshape and contour the thighs. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss beforehand which options are best for you, depending on your specific circumstances.

The placement and length of incisions will depend on the patient’s individual condition. Some patients may qualify for a minimal incision near the groin, while others may require incisions that extend from the groin around the hip. Dr. Vallecillos will minimize their visibility as much as possible by placing them in strategic locations. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will tighten the underlying tissue, remove excess skin, and re-drape and tighten the remaining skin. The result is a reshaped and contoured thigh.

The Recovery

Recovery time from a thigh lift varies with each patient depending on the severity of their pre-operative state and the surgical techniques used. Bruising and tenderness are common during the first week after surgery, and swelling may persist for up to five weeks. Drainage tubes will be inserted to help remove excess fluid, and a compression garment will also be used to support the area and promote healing. Most patients can begin to return to normal activities after two weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

You should consider a thigh lift if you are an adult and suffer from excess fat, soft tissue, or sagging skin on the inner, medial, or outer areas of the thighs. It is important that your weight is relatively stable before undergoing a thigh lift, as excessive weight gain and loss can diminish the longevity of your results.

Are there risks or side effects with a thigh lift?

Most patients experience bruising, tenderness, and swelling after a thigh lift surgery. Other, rare side effects can include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, and fluid accumulation. You should discuss all possible risks and side effects with Dr. Vallecillos before the procedure.

How long do the results last?

Barring any weight gain or future pregnancies, the results of a thigh lift can last for up to ten years.

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