A leg lift, also known as a thigh lift or “thighplasty,” is designed to rid the loose, hanging skin in the thigh and buttocks, which tends to remain on a patient’s body following significant weight loss (either through gastric bypass or other body contouring procedures). A leg lift is intended to tighten and firm these areas, improving overall body contour.

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About 2 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of lift required.

Side Effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, pain and discomfort, numbness, and soreness. Possible reaction to anesthesia.


Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks.


Scarring, wound healing problems, infection, blood or fluid collection, loss of sensation, asymmetry, wrinkling of skin, lumpiness, areas of depression. Nerve damage may cause weakness in foot or leg. Possibility of permanent discoloration.


Long-lasting, but subject to weight fluctuation.


Commonly during a leg lift, an incision is made in the upper inner thighs (possibly into the lower inner thigh), and the excess skin and fat is lifted at the surgeon’s discretion. He or she will determine how much can safely be removed. Once the excess is removed, the remaining skin is closed with sutures that can be removed in about a week. The type of incision and a patient’s resulting scar will be determined by the location and amount of excess skin and fat. It may be limited to the upper groin crease or possibly extend to the knee area if this region requires treatment.

Patient Status

Outpatient -


Local with Sedation