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Thigh Lift

Drawing of the results of a thigh lift surgery

Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) in Cyprus, Greece and Malta

Get your thighs rejuvenated and feel your body renewed!

The legs, specifically the upper thighs, is a troublesome area for many women. This is because thighs accumulate stubborn fat that is often hard to get rid of with exercise or a healthy diet. 

Aging, genes, hormones and significant weight loss are some of the most common reasons that make thighs unresponsive to physical exercise and strict diets. As a result, women with stretched, loose thigh skin and cellulite or excess fat may feel frustrated with their appearance and lose confidence.

This frustration motivates many women to seek different solutions to target the area’s persistent thigh fat and relaxed skin.

Thigh lift surgery is an effective treatment for diet-resistant fat pockets, relaxed skin and dimpling on the upper thighs.

What Is Thigh Lift Surgery?

Thigh lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that tightens saggy skin, reshapes loose tissue and removes excess fat from around the thigh.

It is the ideal treatment to shape and contour your thighs, especially after significant weight loss that leaves behind loose skin and tissue.

Even a person with an average body weight may experience saggy thigh skin. Yet, if a patient also struggles with excess, stubborn fat in the upper thigh area, then a combination of liposuction and thigh lift might be the best solution. Thigh lift and liposuction slim and sculpt the thighs offering patients a well-shaped and toned appearance in only one surgery.

Liposuction removes exercise and diet-resistant fat pockets, resulting in slimmer thigh contours. Then, thigh lift surgery is performed to target skin laxity efficiently. Thighplasty removes lax skin on the upper thigh by trimming away excess tissue on the inner thigh. 

Thigh lift scars heal well and are not easily visible when sitting or standing.

What Does Thigh Lift Surgery Involve?

Step 1: Anesthesia

The thigh lift is done under general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist.

Step 2: The Incision

The skin incision length and pattern might vary depending on the area treated and the degree of correction. The surgeon hides the incisions inside the gluteal folds. 

In most cases, the incisions extend toward the inguinal area.

However, if there is severe sagging and loose skin in the area, the surgeon performs an extended skin incision vertically, downward the inner thigh surface. The underlying tissue matrix is reshaped and tightened, resulting in a more proportionate body contour and smoother thigh skin.

For patients who have extra pockets of fat in their upper inner thighs, the surgeon will also perform a liposuction procedure at the same time to remove those persistent fat cells.

Step 3: Closing the incisions

After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon pulls the skin back over the underlying tissue and closes the surgical wound with absorbable sutures or stitches. The skin is draped over the new contours.


Recovery After Thigh Lift

Recovery after thigh lift surgery depends on the extent of the procedure. In general, thigh lift requires restricted movement for 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Spreading your legs or excessive flexion should be avoided.

Light activities may start from the first day after the surgery. Routine activities might take up to 3 weeks to resume.

The plastic surgeon might suggest wearing a compression garment to reduce fluid retention and accelerate recovery.

Swelling is a usual side effect of thigh lift that might persist for a few months after the operation (lymphedema). Scars will fade away over time.

Dr. Stavrou offers patients detailed postoperative care instructions that will ensure a speedy recovery process. His advice would include what medications to take and when, how to take care of wounds, do’s and don’ts after the surgery, and a timeline for follow-up visits.

Thigh lift results are typically long-lasting. However, the skin may lose some firmness as people age, while changes in body weight or pregnancy may alter the upper thigh’s appearance. Maintaining a healthy and stable body weight will help people retain the beautiful results of thigh plasty.

EIPS duration of surgery


2 Hours

EIPS Anaesthesia

Anesthesia Used

General Anesthesia

EIPS length of hospital stay

Hospital Stay

1 Night

EIPS Pre Admission Tests

Pre-op Tests

Blood tests

EIPS Downtime and full recovery

Full Recovery

1-2 Weeks

EIPS driving after surgery


1 Week

EIPS Exercise after surgery


1 Month

EIPS final result is very satisfactory

Final Results

2-3 Months

What Are The Benefits Of Thigh Lift?

The thigh lift is a safe cosmetic procedure with many benefits, including:

  • Dramatically improved appearance and feel of upper legs
  • Tightened, youthful & attractive inner thighs
  • No more saggy skin and loose tights
  • Better body image
  • Thighs in better proportion with rest of body
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Motivation for exercising & maintaining a good physical condition

Who Is A Good Candidate For Thigh Lift?

Firstly, Dr. Stavrou schedules some thorough consultations with his patients to understand their unique needs and goals. Then, he advises them whether thigh lift surgery alone or in combination with liposuction is the most effective solution for targeting unwanted deposits of upper thigh fat. In general, patients who can benefit from thigh lift surgery have the below characteristics:

  • People who are in good health and exercise regularly but can’t achieve the upper thigh results they’re looking for.
  • People who have lost significant weight and have kept it off for at least 6 months; but still have excess fat and sagging skin in their thighs that look disproportionate with the rest of their body. 
  • People with isolated loose skin on the inside of thighs.
  • People who work out to stay in great shape, yet aging has caused their upper thighs to lose elasticity and become saggy.


Where Will Thigh Lift Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs thigh lift surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia & Limassol), Greece and Malta.

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff. 

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.


Why Choose Dr. Demetris Stavrou For Thigh Lift Surgery?

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel.

He has extensive experience in all types of body surgeries and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. In addition, he uses the most advanced surgical techniques for the thigh lift and employs a combination of traditional and modern surgery techniques.

For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.


Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”

Dr. Demetris Stavrou


Thigh lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience. Thus, the primary concern for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure should be to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.

The cost of thigh lift surgery (thighplasty) ranges based on the country and the doctor’s experience. In general, arm lift surgery cost is calculated based on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Tests
  • Anesthesia
  • Hospital costs
  • Post-surgical treatment
  • Post-op garment

For more information about thigh lift surgery, reach out to Dr. Stavrou and his expert team:

  • Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
  • Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
  • Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641

After thigh lift surgery, patients might experience light to moderate pain that can be controlled with prescribed painkillers. The thighs are bandaged and wrapped with a compression garment that decreases the arms’ range of motion.

The pain subsides after the first few dates to the point where most patients no longer need pain relievers. 

Thigh lift surgery is a safe procedure when performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons.

As with any other surgical procedure, a thigh lift might pose the below rare risks:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid buildup
  • Muscle, nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Scarring
  • Fatty tissue death
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

Patients who follow the post-operative care instructions offered by Dr. Stavrou do not need to worry about thigh lift risks.

Thigh lift results are typically long-lasting. However, the skin may lose some firmness as people age, while changes in body weight or pregnancy may alter the upper thigh’s appearance. Maintaining a healthy and stable body weight will help people retain the beautiful results of thighplasty.

A thigh lift targets and eliminates excess fat and sagging skin in the upper inner thighs, but does not make any changes to the gluteal muscles.

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