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Restorative Surgical Procedures by Mr Ioannis Goutos

Thigh Lift London

Thigh Lift London

At a glance

Treatment time:

Includes initial consultation, pre-operative assessment and planning, the surgery itself and post-operative recovery.


Approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on the amount of tissue being removed and any additional procedures being undertaken, such as additional body contouring or liposuction.

Return to work:

Usually around 2 weeks, with 6-8 weeks before return to strenuous activity.


General anaesthetic.

A thigh lift at Goutos London is one of a number of surgical procedures used in ‘body contouring’. It is an operation that aims to remove excess fat and skin from around the thigh area to sculpt and improve the overall appearance of the upper leg.

Many individuals find that with ageing or following significant weight loss, the thigh area can become loose and saggy, forming horizontal, transverse or oblique rolls. This can cause people to feel self-conscious, limit their choice of clothing and also have an impact on their function and mobility. The majority of individuals wishing to have this procedure are candidates for a medial thigh lift, whereby excess skin and fat are removed from the inner part of the thigh.

A discrete proportion of patients experience excess tissues on the outer portion of the thigh, in which case they may be more suitable for a lateral thigh lift. Thigh lift surgery, as with many body contouring procedures, is done under a general anaesthetic, meaning that you will be unconscious throughout the operation and involves an overnight hospital stay.

Mr Ioannis Goutos is an experienced plastic surgeon, with particular interest in body contouring operations, as well as the management of scars and burns. His level of skill allows him to practice a number of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures with excellent results. His surgical experience empowers him to fully assess each individual and their treatment goals, and discuss the suitability of each procedure to comprise individualized treatment plans. Each plan will involve consultation, meticulous pre-operative planning, surgery and post-operative care and follow up.

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How does a thigh lift work?

Before embarking on thigh lift surgery it is essential to undergo an initial consultation and assessment. During this appointment you will be able to discuss any target areas and your overall cosmetic body goals. This will allow your surgeon to recommend the most appropriate procedure(s) based on your body and your aims. In some instances, additional body contouring procedures (such as a lower lateral body lift) or liposuction can be used to better achieve your end goals. During this stage you will also need a pre-operative assessment to ensure that it is safe for you to have a general anaesthetic for the surgery. This will involve looking at your medical history, any medications that you take and some routine medical investigations.

Before the operation begins, your surgeon will take time to carefully mark the areas of skin excess to ensure that equal amounts of tissue are removed from each side, to give you a symmetrical contour. The surgery will then proceed through an incision from the groin to the knee, which may be straight or oblique. Once excess skin and fat are removed, the remaining tissues are redraped to restore a more natural contour to each thigh. Liposuction can be used during this stage to further sculpt the area.

Following your thigh lift surgery, it is recommended to avoid any activity that may put stress on the healing wound. You may find activities involving sitting or bending can be uncomfortable until the wound has healed. It is recommended to wear an appropriate compressive garment for 6-8 weeks post-operatively. This helps to reduce swelling in the thigh area and provide support to the tissues as they heal. It is also advised to avoid any vigorous activity during this time (6-8 weeks) to allow for optimal healing and good long term scar quality.

The majority of individuals who undergo a thigh lift operation will achieve a satisfactory contour. In a few cases, an additional ‘touch up’ operation may be recommended to give a better final result.

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Frequently Asked Questions about a thigh lift

We know having medical, surgical or cosmetic treatment can seem daunting and it is natural to have questions. We are here to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. If you are unable to find the answer to your questions below, then please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help.

Any surgical procedure will involve risks of scarring, infection, blood clots and swelling post-operatively. There is also a very small risk of having a reaction to the general anaesthetic. These risks are reduced as much as possible through careful pre-operative assessment and planning, the technical ability of a skilled surgeon and the used of sterile equipment.

Liposuction can be used in the later stages of the surgery as an adjunct to improve the overall contour of the thigh. Other body contouring procedures, such as a lateral body lift, can also be done within the same procedure. These can all be discussed in more detail during your initial consultation and planning stage.

Most people can return home the day after the operation and return to work after 7-14 days, depending on the nature of your employment. The recovery period will vary depending on each individual, however it is recommended to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for 6-8 weeks to allow good healing. You will be given full advice and post-operative care, including the advice in regards to supportive compression garments and appropriate follow up appointments.

Any incision in the skin will result in scarring. Following a thigh lift, most people are left with a scar from the groin to the knee, depending on which side the thigh lift has been performed on. If you are prone to adverse scarring, there are additional measures a skilled surgeon can take. For example, careful planning of the incision lines to respect the natural contours of the body, wound closure with tension-relieving measures and good aftercare following the operation. Additional post-operative adjuncts such as silicone, steroid tapes and laser techniques can also be employed to promote good scar quality.

How much does a thigh lift in London cost?

Starting from £5000

At Goutos London, we aim to deliver a premium service with no compromise on quality in order to deliver the best results possible for your needs.

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