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Thigh lift procedure – what it is, how it works and results

Fat and excess skin can be difficult to shift, particularly in stubborn areas such as the thighs and buttocks. It should come as no surprise then, that thigh lift surgeries are becoming increasingly popular.

But is it right for you and how does it compare to similar treatments?

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Fast facts

  • Best results

    1 procedure

  • Duration of results


  • Back to work

    2 to 3 weeks

  • Full recovery time

    4 to 6 weeks

  • Price range

    5,000 AED to 24,000 AED

  • Treatment duration

    2 hours

  • Comfort

    General anaesthetic

  • Treatment type


What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes both excess skin and fat, aiming to reshape the upper thigh area.

This procedure is beneficial for those who have sagging loose skin after losing a significant amount of weight, or those who want to re-shape their upper legs.

How does the thigh lift procedure work?

The different types

There are many different types of thigh lift, all of which are designed to target different areas:

  • Inner thigh lift – the most popular type, an inner thigh lift concentrates on loose skin on the inside of your leg. This typically involves a well-hidden incision going from your groin to your knee.
  • Mini thigh lift – if you want to focus on the upper part of the inner thigh, your clinician may recommend this type of surgery. It requires an incision near your groin area, resulting in less scarring.
  • Outer thigh lift – also known as a bilateral thigh lift, this addresses the outer areas of your thigh. The clinician will make the incision at the groin area and extend it towards the lower back.
  • Vertical thigh lift – this type is best reserved for those who have a large amount of excess skin all over the thighs. There is a raised risk of complications with this type of procedure due to how much fat and skin will be removed as well as the size of the incision.
  • Lift with liposuction – if your skin has less elasticity, a lift combined with liposuction may be the best option for you. It will help to remove fat while preventing sag or damaging the tight skin.

Before the treatment

Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin and ibuprofen in the week leading up to your surgery. Getting enough sleep and staying hydrated is also important, as it helps with the recovery process.

During the treatment

While some specifics will vary depending on the type of surgery you get – particularly if you get liposuction at the same time – you can expect the following to happen:

  • The practitioner will start by administering a general anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain.
  • The treatment area will be cleaned and sterilised to prevent infection.
  • Incisions will be made either on the groin area, buttock, inside of the thigh or outside of the thigh, depending on the type of thigh lift you’re getting. They’ll work to keep the amount of scarring to a minimum.
  • The practitioner will remove excess skin and fat, trimming the areas to achieve the desired look.
  • External stitches are used to close the incision and a bandage will be wrapped around the thighs.


You can expect some pain, bruising and discomfort following your thigh lift, so much so that you may find it difficult to walk for the first few days. You can take pain medication to help with this, although most patients require at least two to three weeks off work. Avoid any strenuous activities for a minimum four to six weeks after surgery, such as heavy lifting and exercise.

What are the results of a thigh lift procedure? Plus, everything else you need to know

What are the results of a thigh lift?

A thigh lift can give you noticeably slimmer, more contoured legs. Not only can this approve how you feel about them, but it can reduce any pain or discomfort you may have had before.

What are the side-effects of a thigh lift?

Side-effects are generally minimal, lasting around a month, but can include:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Red, tender scarring.

Serious side-effects are very rare, if you choose an experienced surgeon. If you notice any of the following, however, do get in touch with your doctor:

  • Wound separation and signs of infection, such as pus.
  • Chills.
  • Loss of feeling the legs.
  • Fever.

How much does a thigh lift cost?

The average cost of a thigh lift ranges from Dhs5,000 to Dhs24,000.

How can I find thigh lift procedures near me?

Use our clinic locator to find clinics offering thigh lift surgeries near you.

Alternative treatments

If you decide that a thigh lift isn’t quite right for you, there are several other treatments available:

  • VelaShape – a non-invasive treatment using infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum technology to reduce cellulite and kill fat cells.
  • Mesotherapy – is designed to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of fat via vitamin and hormone injections. You may need several sessions until you get the desired results.
  • Liposuction – during traditional liposuction a doctor uses a cannula and suction machine to remove large areas of fat and drain any excess fluid. Results are immediate but recovery time can be around the same as with a thigh lift.
  • CoolSculpting – this non-surgical treatment freezes fat cells and destroys them. It’s popular because it has no recovery time and eliminates fat straight away.
  • CoolTech – another fat freezing treatment, this is best used on smaller areas (necks and lower tummies are popular spots for this technique).
  • Sculpsure – this treatment may use heated lasers to target fat cells but it’s non-invasive and popular because of its quick treatment time and ability to target fat across the body.


Use our clinic locator to book your treatment – and choose between paying online, paying in-clinic, or splitting payments into four equal instalments with Tabby.

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