Thigh lift surgery will help you get rid of all the loose skin and fat on your thighs and give your lower body a tighter, more toned appearance. Cosmetic surgeries like these are not covered by insurance but you can easily get affordable thigh lift abroad.

Ageing or excessive weight loss (as is patients of bariatric surgery) generally leave a lot of sagging skin on your thighs that cannot be simply tackled with exercise. It requires surgical excision, after which the surgeon can reshape the remaining tissue to restore the contours of your legs.

Thigh lift has proven to not only improve the aesthetic and functional outcome of your thighs but also enhance the quality of life.

Thigh lift abroad

Cost of thigh lift abroad

Thigh lift in Thailand: cost starts from $3,100

Thigh lift in India: cost starts from $2,500

Thigh lift in Malaysia: cost starts from $3,500

Before you plan on cosmetic surgery for your thighs, see if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have sagging skin and tissue along the inner and outer surface of your thighs
  • You feel self-conscious about your thighs and the clothes don’t fit well
  • You have stable weight and overall good health
  • You do not smoke or drink excessively
  • You are committed to a healthy lifestyle and have realistic expectations from the surgery

Thigh lift will eliminate all the sagging skin, giving a firmer, more youthful appearance to your thighs.

It is not intended for people who are only looking to get rid of excess fat on their thighs. Liposuction alone may be more suited for removing the fat deposits and if the skin retains its elasticity, it will conform to natural body contours on its own.

If required, thigh lift may be performed along with liposuction.

Step 1 – Anesthesia:

Thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, so you will not feel anything during the procedure.

Step 2 – Incision and tissue removal:

Your surgeon will discuss your options and the plan of incisions before the surgery is performed. The incisions are placed in the groin area, inner thigh, or around the buttocks

Step 3 – Sutures:

The incisions are then closed with sutures, which will dissolve within a few days or be removed once your skin has joined back together.

Step 4 – Recovery:

You will slowly regain consciousness and as the effect of anesthesia wears off, you’ll be sore in the lower body. Painkillers will be prescribed to manage the pain and you will remain under observation for the next 2-3 days.

You will feel the change in your thighs but won’t be able to appreciate it completely until it the swelling subsides.

Depending upon your situation and requirements, the plastic surgeon will make incisions as below:

  1. Medial thigh lift: A minimal incision is made in the groin area and the lose tissue and skin in tightened through that.
  2. Alternatively, a longitudinal incision is made along the inner thigh if more extensive correction is required.

  3. Lateral thigh lift: The incision is started form the groin but is extended around the buttock area for better access to tissues on the outside. This allows for complete tightening of the thigh as well as buttock tissue.

The position of incisions will be discussed with you during your initial consultation with your surgeon.

It is important that you find a cosmetic surgeon who has a lot of experience performing thigh lift surgeries. Some cosmetic surgeons specialize in facial procedures while others in breast surgeries, and yet others in limbs and body lift.

You can write in to us to send you suggestions on experienced surgeons for thigh lift. Once you have decided on the surgeon, be prepared to send them information about your:

  • Medical conditions
  • Allergies
  • Current medications
  • Any previous surgeries

Also send pictures of the concerned areas and your expectations from the surgery, so the doctor is able to review your situation and suggest an appropriate treatment plan and provide you with a tentative quote before you travel.

Once you have planned your treatment, you should:

  • Adjust your current medications as advised by the doctor
  • Stop smoking or drinking heavily before the surgery
  • Keep yourself hydrated and follow a good diet that is conducive to healing
  • Get local lab tests, if advised by the doctor
  • Plan your and your companion’s travel and lodging details at your chosen destination
  • If you have any remaining questions before travelling, send them to your overseas doctor

Thigh lift treatment plan

The treatment plan for your thigh lift surgery from UniMed Travels doctors will include:

  • The advised treatment and doctor’s suggestion
  • Time required
  • Expected cost of surgery
  • Post-op healing
  • Doctor’s comments for your case and answers to any specific questions you have

The treatment plan for your thigh lift surgery from UniMed Travels doctors will include:

  • The advised treatment and doctor’s suggestion
  • Time required
  • Expected cost of surgery
  • Post-op healing
  • Doctor’s comments for your case and answers to any specific questions you have

Immediately after the procedure

  • You will feel sore and swollen after the surgery but will be given medications to manage the pain
  • You will stay in the hospital for 2-3 days, and the pain should subside significantly in that time
  • Drains may be placed to remove any residual blood or fluid
  • In case of excessive pain or bruising, contact your surgeon

First two weeks after thigh lift

  • You will be given a set of post-op instructions while leaving the hospital
  • Make sure to keep the surgery wound dry and clean to avoid infection
  • Light movement and healthy diet will be encouraged
  • Wear compression garments, if advised
  • See the doctor for a follow-up assessment and get a fit-to-fly certificate before you travel back home

Week 3 and beyond

  • You may be able to return to work 2-3 weeks after your surgery, if your work is not physically demanding
  • Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6-8 weeks
  • The swelling should be gone by now and you’d be able to appreciate the results
  • If you feel there’s a problem still, follow up with the surgeon with UniMed system

There is always a chance of possible complications in any surgery, so it is imperative that you select an experienced surgeon and follow all the instructions carefully.

The risks of Thigh lift surgery include:

  • Excessive pain and poor wound healing
  • Infection at surgery site
  • Fat necrosis
  • Discoloration of skin
  • Asymmetry in thighs
  • Damage to nerves or underlying vessels
  • Skin loss
  • Too much scarring
  • Irritation at the sutures
  • Blood clots

Although major complications are not commonly seen in thigh lift procedures, you must take care to avoid any problematic outcomes

The quote provided to you will include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fee
  • Operation room charges
  • Pre-operative tests and investigations
  • Prescribed medications
  • Required paperwork and reports
  • 2-3 nights of hospital stay
  • Nursing care and meals

You will also get:

  • Pick up from the airport and local transfers
  • Discounts on hotels, when applicable (please contact to know more)
  • English speaking staff and caretakers, or language translators
  • Free stay for one companion at the hospital with you
  • Follow up support
For any questions or queries, please reach out to us at

Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Baltimore, Md. From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital. [study]

Plastic Surgery Division, Department of General and Specialist Surgery, University of Siena, Siena, Italy. [study]

Rennes and Toulouse, France From the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery, Hospital Sud, University of Rennes1; SITI Laboratory, INSERM U917, University of Rennes 1; STROMALab and the Etablissement Français du Sang Midi-Pyrénées; the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Rangueil Hospital, Université Paul Sabatier. [study]

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