Inner thigh lift

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Weight loss and aging can create loose skin in the inner thigh. Exercise, while good for health, will not eliminate excess skin. A medial thigh lift removes excess skin and lifts the remaining skin to create smooth inner leg contours and a more attractive upper leg. Liposuction may also be helpful to reduce the volume of fat in the inner thigh. Potential candidates should discuss with the surgeon the benefits of each of procedure and the risks associated with doing them both at the same time.

What to Expect

An incision is made in the groin crease extending back toward the crease in the buttocks. The incision can also be made vertically from the perineum to the knees if there has been dramatic weight loss. A wedge of excess skin is removed and the incision and scar is hidden in the groin. Drains may be placed during surgery. Because of friction with walking and other activities and moisture in this area, healing in the inner thigh can take extra time. It is not uncommon for stitches to separate and have to be redone.


Risks associated with inner thigh lift include, but are not limited to:

  • Tingling in the inner thigh (usually temporary)
  • Complications with healing
  • Stitches separate
  • Prolonged healing
  • Infection
  • Blood clots, though uncommon, are more likely to occur in individuals who have diabetes or who smoke.
  • Skin may sag if weight is lost afterwards.

This procedure is performed by specialists in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Key Facts

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Length of procedure: Up to 2 hours

Length of stay: Usually home the same or next day

Discomfort: Moderate to severe; controlled with prescription pain medication

Anticipate: Swelling up to 6 weeks, bruising up to 3 weeks, unless liposuction is also performed

Final result: About 6 months

Duration of results: Lasting

Nov. 30, 2016