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.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out if a thigh lift is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kovanda. Call our Edina, 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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