Thigh lift

The thigh lift surgery is a surgery required for patients who, in general, have lost weight. The excess weight and loss of it, provokes the skin on the thighs to empty and drop. The patients complain of having ugly thighs, with droopy skin, which bothers them, and rubs when walking. The effects that this can provoke , differ alot, but they come to us because of how much it bothers them. Some, never wear shorts, skirts or some wont go the beach or pool. Its true that for men its much easier to hide, with longer shorts, but for women in a bikini or swimsuit, its imposible.

There are two types of patients when doing a thigh lift surgery. The first being a patient that, due to not having too much extra skin on the full length of the thighs, we can improve the aspect, by making the scar in the fold of the groin. In those patients who have a large excess of skin the full length of the thighs, we would have to make a scar both in the fold of the groin and the full vertical length of the thigh, on the inside to be less visible.

The thigh lift can be associated with other types of surgery, such as breast reduction or abdominoplasty, for example. Consult your plastic surgeon to see if its posible to have both surgeries on the same day, Some patients, due to the quantity of fat and skin to be removed, its recommended to seperate such surgeries for safety reasons. In this case, we will study your case and plan of action to follow so that you achieve the results you are looking for, but with safety first.


Removal of fat and excess skin from the thighs.

Type of anesthesia

General anesthesia

Side effects


Duration of the result

Permanent, with stable weight after surgery.

Duration of the intervention

2-4 hours.


Outpatient or one nights stay.


Return to work after 14 days. Intense activity: 4-6 weeks.

Frequently asked questions about thigh lifts

We do not recommend thie surgery to anyone with obesity. If the patient is obese the best thing would be to loose some weight beforehand.

Any surgical intervention has risks. Our surgeons will explain to each patient in their case, but at this moment with the technology and techniques applied, the thigh lift is a routine surgery with very few incidents of complications. The realisation of a surgery with official titled plastic surgeons with decades of experience and hundreds of surgeries completed, the realisation of the surgery being carried out in a first level prívate hospital. The use of medication to avoid infections for example, means that the only complications are usually; slight bruising, parcial numbness to certain areas of the skin, the uncomfortableness of the support girth that needs to be worn after surgery or swelling. You can always ask your plastic surgeon any questions at any time and our surgeons will be happy to resolve any doubts that may arise.

After 15 days you can return to work. If your job requires intense activity, its best to wait 4-6 weeks.

You can exercise or lift weight one month after surgery. If you can, we recommend that you dont do any weight lifting at the gym, which implies the movement of your thigh muscles.

After one week post surgery, you can wax or shave.

It is very recommended to wear a corset for 4-6 weeks after surgery.

You will be uncomfortable after the surgery. You will have aching sensations, slight pulling feeling and some pressure. You will take medication for the pain, so that, it will be more annoying the uncomfortableness when trying to sleep, the antibiotics etc than the pain.

Yes, in the fold of the groin in the majority of cases. For others, if we have to extend more, because there is more excess skin, this scar will go down vertically on the inside of the thigh.

Primera Consulta

Your first consultation

Your first consultation, is free and non compromisal, you will speak with our doctors. They will do a short study of your general health, you can explain what kind of result you are looking for, which areas you would like to improve. They will explain the surgical technique, the risks, the benefits and the costs. This consultation can be in person or by video phonecall. You will never feel obliged, nor pressured to fulfill the surgery after this informative consultation. Our team of surgeons will be happy to respond any question asked.

Dia de la cirugia

The day of surgery

The thigh lift is a surgery performed under general anesthetic, and is generally done with a one nights stay in the hospital. You will be given your room upon arrival and then be taken to the operating theatre, where our doctors will see you and answer any last minute questions. You will meet the rest of the operating team, nurses, helpers etc. A video and photographs will be taken, so as to have the before surgery images. They will also mark the areas to be treated. They will explain again where the incisions will take place. The incisions will be done on the areas to be treated. They will filter, on each area, a liquid of general anesthetic and adrenalin so as to form a least amount of bruising possible. Through an in-out movement with a cannula connected to a liposuctor, the fat is extracted in small amounts. Once done, they will calculate the amount of skin to be removed and will follow through.After this, the wounds will be closed with stitches that do not need to be removed, they are covered with steri strips and a dressing. In the operating theatre a corset will be fitted.

En tu casa

At home

You will be accompanied by our team at all times during your recuperation. You will take antibiotics and pain killers, if you claim to have them. Its normal that you may have some bruising, which will disappear bit by bit, with the recommendations that we will give. You should walk about at home and drink lots of water and eat healthily. Our surgeons will let you know when you can return to work. Also, when you can begin to exercise or drive. Its best that you dont drink alcohol nor smoke during a few weeks post surgery, as tobacco slows the healing process. The bruises and swelling, will ease and after a few weeks you will see the results.


Check ups

All of the revisions until given the all clear are included in the quote given. The patients have their first revisión 48-72 hrs after having left the hospital. The next visit is one week after surgery, then at 2 weeks, one month, 3 months and six months, plus any other time needed until given the all clear. All of the check ups and cures are done by our plastic surgeons. Dedicating all of the time necessary to make you feel looked after and guided at all times. You will be given a telephone number to be able to contact us at any time whenever you need us, also in English. In the case that the patient is from a foreign country, the frequency of the check ups, are exactly the same, but obviously needed to be done telematically.

¿Why Valverde & Arpino?

All plastic surgery is destined to improve how the patient sees themselves. The patients will feel better, after seeing the improvement. It will lift their self-esteem. Their self-confidence also. If you feel better about yourself, others will notice this and you will enter a positive spiral to want to look after yoursel more, to be healthier. All this results in a greater mental health. After many years and thousands of patients, we can say, that this will also happen with you.

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