Advanced body sculpting and contouring techniques can be applied to many areas of the body. Dr. Kovanda is skilled in thigh lift surgery, which can address the insecurities many people have about the appearance of their thighs and hips.

What is Thigh Lift Surgery?

A thigh lift surgery is performed to enhance the contour of the thighs, including the inner thighs, upper thigh area, and hips or saddlebags. The surgery removes excess loose or sagging skin, which can occur after a major weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process.

During the procedure, Dr. Kovanda makes careful incisions in the inner thigh, groin, or outer thigh areas, depending on the goals of the surgery. Excess tissue is removed through these incisions, and the skin is pulled tighter for a smoother, toned look.

Who is a Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?

If you have loose or sagging skin and excess fat around the thigh area and are generally healthy, you are likely a candidate for thigh lift surgery. It’s important that you are also close to a healthy and stable weight, as a thigh lift is not a weight loss surgery.

Recovering from Thigh Lift Surgery

Some bruising and swelling are expected when recovering from thigh lift surgery. Compression garments should be worn to help minimize swelling. Most patients take a little over a week away from work to rest and recover from the surgery. During this time, it’s best to recline or stand for the best healing and final results. Most patients see final results and can return to all activities, such as exercise routines, within four to six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?

Yes, nearly anywhere on the body where you have pinchable fat can be liposuctioned, including the inner thighs.

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

When people express concerns about the appearance of their thighs during a plastic surgery consultation, they can be addressed with a customized lower body lift procedure.

Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?

Insurance will not cover elective surgery when its not deemed medically necessary, so removing excess skin in the thighs is usually not paid for by insurance.

Does running get rid of cellulite?

Little is known about the cause of cellulite or how to treat it without disrupting the fibrous tissues present throughout the region of concern. However, exercise does not treat cellulite in the thighs or buttocks.

How are thigh lifts done?

Thigh lifts are performed using one of several incision patterns to access the fat and other tissues beneath the skin while also allowing excess skin to be removed from strategic areas.

How can I firm up flabby thighs?

If youre not happy with the appearance of your thighs due to excess skin, the most effective way to firm them up is to schedule a thigh lift surgery, during which skin can be physically removed.

How can I reduce my thigh fat?

Thigh fat can be liposuctioned or surgically removed to slim the appearance of the thighs, and there are some moderately effective non-surgical solutions that can also help.

How dangerous is a thigh lift?

As with any surgery, thigh lifts come with a few risks, including bad reaction to the anesthesia, bleeding, swelling, and fluid buildup. In the vast majority of cases, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Kovanda achieves stunning results with little to no complications.

How do you prepare for a thigh lift?

In preparing for a thigh lift or other cosmetic surgery, Dr. Kovanda will likely tell you to avoid blood-thinning medication, reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake, and fast for up to 24 hours prior to your surgery.

How long is recovery from a thigh lift?

Most patients are able to return to work and light activities as early as a week after their thigh lifts. Full results and strenuous exercise can be done after six months.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out if a thigh lift is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kovanda. Call our Minneapolis, MN office at (612) 335-9032 or request an appointment online.

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Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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