Thigh Lift Auckland

“The human body is not a thing or a substance given, but a continuous creation” Norman O. Brown

Ageing and weight loss can leave patients feeling conscious of their body. If exercise and weight control efforts have not achieved the goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.

Thigh lift surgery is designed to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the inner thigh, giving smoother contour. The surgery can improve the shape of the inner thigh, allowing people to wear clothing without feeling self-conscious. It may help to increase confidence and a better self-image.

Thigh lift SURGERY – FACTS

Length of surgery2-3 hours
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthetic
Hospital stay1 night
Risks/complications of surgery

Frequent: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness

Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), delayed wound healing, asymmetry, skin necrosis, poor scarring, seroma, nerve injury, labia displacement 


5-7 days until socialising with close friends and family
2 weeks until return to work and normal social engagements
2-4 weeks compression garment
3-4 weeks until swelling and bruising disappears
4 weeks reduced lower limb movement
6 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities
3 months until final result

Driving2 weeks
Follow up1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months
Duration of resultsPermanent unless followed by weight gain


Thigh Lift

Any plastic surgery procedure is a very personal choice and understandably there are a number of questions that arise. This information sheet is a general guide for patients considering thigh lift under the care of Dr Mackenzie. It should provide the answers to some questions that you may have.

Thigh lift introduction

As we age, the natural elasticity of the skin is lost as the amount of elastin lessens, and the skin and fat of our inner thighs begin to sag, creating saggy skin that hangs from the inner part of the thighs. This condition can also occur after substantial weight loss. Exercise may help to strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the thigh; however, exercise will not help any excess skin that has lost tone, nor help underlying weakened tissues and localised fat deposits.

Patients with this condition are self-conscious and embarrassed about the appearance of their thighs. They do not like the saggy inside the thigh and the excessive skin and fat just above the knee. In addition, they also suffer physical discomfort as the inner thighs rub against each other causing chafing.

It can be corrected by removing skin and fatty tissue, however the surgery often leaves a scar which begins in the groin area, runs across the inside of the thigh and then under the crease of the buttock. In cases where there is significant excess loose skin on the inner aspect of the thigh going almost to the level of the knee, additional surgery must be done to contour the area properly. This results a vertical scar on the inside of the thigh.

Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to help with the contours of the inner thigh or in some cases liposuction can be used as an alternative.

In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction is recommended. If you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a moderate weight, a thigh lift can help you regain the youthful thigh contours you desire.