What is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is done to remove excess skin and fat from the thighs. Many individuals choose to undergo this procedure after drastic weight loss or if they cannot reduce excess tissue on their upper thighs with exercise and diet alone.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Individuals who are living with loose skin on their thighs due to massive weight loss can often benefit from this procedure. Many candidates wish to achieve a more proportionate thigh contour and wish to fit more comfortably into clothing. Patients should be at a stable weight and be a non-smoker to be considered for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to determine if you are a good candidate for a thigh lift.  

What to Expect

A thigh lift can be done to target excess skin from the outer and inner thighs. Where your excess fat lies will determine which thigh lift technique will be used.

Medial Thigh Lift

This thigh lift focuses on the inner thigh, and entails an incision be created in the groin area with extra skin and fat being excised along the inner thigh. Liposuction may be used to further contour the area.

Lateral Thigh Lift

This thigh lift focuses on the outer thigh, and is a more complex procedure than a medial thigh lift. During this procedure, the outer thighs and buttocks are often recontoured, with excess skin being excised. Scarring is often more extensive, but Dr. Howland will attempt to place the incisions where scarring can be hidden with clothing.


Following a thigh lift, patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising and soreness. Pain medication can help with any discomfort. Compression garments will need to be worn to ensure optimal results. Swelling should subside within five weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for 6-8 weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Howland’s specific post-op instructions to ensure a safe and quick recovery.

Boost your self-confidence and quality of life with a thigh lift! Patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas can contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howland.


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