Overview: Thigh Lift

Dr. Craig Jonov is a Seattle area cosmetic surgeon specalizing in thigh lift surgery. This procedure targets the inner and outer thighs and is common among weight loss patients. While weight loss can be an incredible achievement, it can create new challenges such as loose, sagging skin and excessive wrinkling. During a thigh lift procedure, Dr. Jonov removes excess fat and skin from the thighs, then lifts and reshapes them to create a smoother and tighter appearance. This surgery has made it possible for both men and women to expose their legs in shorts and bathing suits with more confidence. The number of thigh lift procedures has almost quadrupled since 2007 due to people losing weight after bariatric surgeries. Individuals considering this surgery will need to be at or near their goal weight.

Surgical Technique

A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.

Combination Procedures

A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the butt addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the glutes. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.

A Before photo of a Thigh Lift Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov


An After photo of a Thigh Lift Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov


Questions about Thigh Lifts

Cure for Cellulite Dimples?

A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.

Post-Surgery Exercise?

Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients will need to make certain they are fully healed and gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.

Long-Lasting Results?

The results can be very long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results gained of the surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but most of the improvement will be permanent.

During/After Thigh Lift Surgery

All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure such as a tummy tuck. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.

Average Cost

$8,500 – $9,500

Recovery Time

6-8 Weeks

Average Procedure Time

2-3 Hours


Lynnwood, Kirkland & Bellevue, WA

My experience with having an ultrashape treatment today on my inside thigh area was a good one. It was painless and comfortable lasting about an hour. The room was pleasant and relaxing. Renette, the ultrashape technician was very professional yet personal and made me feel completely relaxed, kept me informed on every step she did and was informative regarding any questions i had about the procedure. Would not hesitate to share with all my friends.

jamieThank you Gallery staff for assisting me in aging gracefully.

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To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jonov or with questions about Thigh Lifts at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery serving Kirkland, Bellevue & Lynnwood, WA.

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