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What is thigh lift surgery?

A thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to address sagging or loose skin in the thigh area. This condition can result from factors like aging, significant weight loss, or genetics. Thigh lift surgery is an effective way to tighten and reshape your thighs, giving you smoother, more toned contours. It can also be combined with liposuction to remove any excess fat in the area.

How much does private thigh lift surgery cost?

View our self-pay treatment prices and discounts for Benenden Health members below.

Take advantage of payment plans through our trusted partner, Chrysalis, and spread the cost of your treatment. Fit your repayments into your monthly budget rather than having to find the full cost at the time of your treatment.

Procedure type
Initial consultation price
Treatment price*
Monthly cost**
Member discount
Thigh lift
From £11,000
From £265.98
Thigh lift
Initial consultation price

Treatment price*
From £11,000

Monthly cost**
From £265.98

Member discount

I have a question about thigh lift surgery

Is thigh lift surgery right for me?

Our experienced Consultants will evaluate your individual needs during a thorough consultation. They'll discuss your goals, assess your current condition, and recommend the best approach for your unique situation. Thigh lift surgery is typically ideal if you: 

  • Have excess skin or sagging in the thigh area
  • Are in good overall health
  • Maintain a stable weight (or have stabilised your weight following weight loss surgery)
  • Are a non-smoker, as smoking can hinder the healing process

What does a thigh lift procedure involve?

The thigh lift surgery at our hospital is tailored to your specific needs. Typically, it involves the following steps: 


You'll be under a general anaesthetic so you will be asleep for your comfort during the procedure.

Incisions: There are a few different types of thigh lift incisions depending on the areas that need treating. These vary from an incision in the groin to a ‘T’ shape incision which goes around the front and back of the groin/upper thigh and down the inside of the thigh which can extend down to the knee. These incisions may vary in length depending on the extent of the lift.

Skin, fat and tissue removal

Excess skin, fat and tissue are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened to create a more youthful and firm appearance.

Closing incisions

The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures to minimise scarring.

What to expect after thigh lift surgery

Recovery from thigh lift surgery varies from person to person. While you may experience some discomfort and swelling, our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process. We recommend that you: 

  • Rest and elevate your legs
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Wear compression garments as advised

Attend your follow-up appointments with your Cosmetic nurse and then later, your Consultant.

Is thigh lift surgery painful?

You may experience some discomfort during the initial recovery period, but this is typically manageable with standard pain medication.

How long does the surgery take?

The duration of the surgery can vary, but it typically takes two to three hours.

Will there be noticeable scaring?

While there will be some scarring, our Consultants take great care to place incisions discreetly and provide guidance on minimising the appearance of scars.

How soon can I return to work and daily activities?

Most patients can return to work and light activities within two to four weeks, depending on individual healing.

Are there any risks associated to thigh lift surgery?

Like all surgical procedures, there are potential risks. Our experienced Consultants will discuss these risks during your consultation and take measures to minimise them.

Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons

Mr Christopher Macdonald, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Christopher Macdonald

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Macdonald's clinical interests include breast reduction surgery, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, body contouring, brachioplasty or arm lift.

Mr Simon P Mackey, Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon at Benenden Hospital

Simon P Mackey

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Mackey's clinical interests include breast reduction surgery, mastopexy or breast uplift, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, brachioplasty or arm lift.

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