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For many men and women, the upper legs accumulate unwanted fat, sagging skin and cellulite with age. When this occurs, a thigh lift can reveal a toned lower body when diet and exercise aren’t getting the results you want.

Quick facts: What you need to know about the thigh lift

  • A great way to achieve firm and youthful thighs
  • You can tone the inner, outer and/or upper thighs
  • The procedure is done under general anesthesia
  • The recovery period lasts about two to three weeks

What can a thigh lift do for you?

  • Firm and slender thighs
  • Increased confidence when wearing swimwear and shorts
  • Clothing will fit better
  • A more proportionate and balanced figure

When to consider thigh lift surgery

You may want to consider thigh lift surgery if you:

  • Have sagging tissue, cellulite and loose skin on the thighs
  • Have trouble finding clothes that fit due to your thighs
  • Are self-conscious about your body proportions
  • Have been at a stable weight for six months

Transforming your inner and outer thighs


The inner thigh lift addresses the area from the groin to the knee. The incision is made from the groin to just above the knee, and through that opening Portland plastic surgeon, Dr. Lewis, can remove unwanted fat and sagging skin. In some cases, he will also perform liposuction to contour the leg.


The outer thigh lift involves an incision in the groin and around the hip and buttock. Through that extensive opening, Dr. Lewis can contour the outer thighs and buttocks, removing a substantial amount of tissue.

The mini

If you exclusively want to address sagging skin and unwanted fat on the upper portion of your thighs, the mini thigh lift may be right for you. The only incision is a short cut in the groin, and through that opening Dr. Lewis can tighten and firm the upper thigh area. Because it’s a less intensive procedure, it also results in a much shorter recovery period when compared to the standard inner and outer thigh lifts.

After your surgery

Upon waking up after surgery, your thighs will be bandaged and drains will be placed to prevent the accumulation of blood and fluids in the area. You will also be wearing a compression garment.

You will need a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, as you will need help preparing meals and moving around the house. Try to rest as much as possible during the initial recovery period, as sleep helps your body heal.

You should be ready to return to work within two to three weeks. Within a month, your swelling and bruising should subside, and in about eight weeks you can resume regular exercise and more strenuous activities.

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A thigh lift with Dr. Lewis can transform your entire body. Contact our Portland office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about this procedure.

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1200 NW Naito Pkwy, Ste 330Portland, OR 97209

Matthew Lewis,MD

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Starting May 4th, we will be seeing patients in office and begin resuming elective surgeries. We are following all state and federal guidelines for protection and safety, including but not limited to: wearing gloves and masks, providing hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning, wiping down and sanitizing of all contact surfaces. As well as will maintain all standard Social Distancing protocols. Patients should not come in if achy, feverish or coughing or COVID positive test for active infection.

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