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A thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery that improves the shape and tone of the upper legs. This procedure reduces the size of the thighs by eliminating loose, hanging skin. At the prestigious medical practice of Dr. Jason Emer in Beverly Hills, thigh lift surgery is performed by double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Yoel Rojas.

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What Is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a surgical body contouring procedure that can resolve skin laxity and drooping tissue in the upper legs. A limited amount of excess fat can be removed during a thigh lift, as well.

Thigh lift surgery may also be referred to as thighplasty or thigh reduction surgery. A thigh lift that includes creating space between the inner thighs is sometimes called “thigh gap surgery.”

Dr. Rojas can perform thigh lift surgery as a singular procedure or in combination with complementary plastic surgeries, if needed to achieve an optimal outcome. He will design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs after meeting with you for a consultation.

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Who Is a Candidate for Thighplasty?

Ideal candidates for a thigh lift are men and women who:

  • Are at a stable, healthy body weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Are free of any medical conditions that would make it unsafe for them to undergo a surgical procedure
  • Do not have excessive fat accumulation in the treatment area
  • Understand that they must commit to consistent exercise and following a calorically and nutritionally appropriate diet in order to maintain their thigh lift results
  • Are willing to adhere to Dr. Rojas’ pre- and post-op instructions



Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and pioneer in the world of aesthetics, Dr. Emer and his team of plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills are the best when it comes to thigh lift and tightening procedures.

Types of Thigh Lifts

There are several different types of thigh lift procedures. While every thighplasty variation eliminates excess soft tissue and tightens the skin, there are significant differences in terms of the incision location, the size of the incisions, and the specific part of the thigh being treated. Based on your aesthetic concerns and goals for treatment, Dr. Rojas may recommend a medial thigh lift, bilateral thigh lift, mini thigh lift, or spiral thigh lift.

Medial (inner) thigh lift

An inner thigh lift, or medial thigh lift, involves an incision that starts in the groin area and extends down the inseam to the knee. In other cases, the incision may wrap around the posterior thigh. The incisions allow the plastic surgeon to target loose skin in the inner thigh area. A medial thigh lift can be ideal for those who want to widen the thigh gap and/or reduce chafing and skin irritation due to excess tissue in this area.

Bilateral (outer) thigh lift

A bilateral thighplasty creates thinner thighs by getting rid of “saddlebags.” The incisions will begin in the groin area and can continue around the hip. The outer thigh lift can significantly reduce the size of the thighs, as well as providing firming and tightening effects.

Spiral thigh lift

The spiral thigh lift technique is considered a “total thigh” revision, as the outer, inner, front, and back of the upper leg can be contoured. Additionally, a spiral thigh lift can include buttock contouring to aesthetically define the junction of the buttock and upper thigh.

This thigh shaping procedure typically incorporates liposuction and skin tightening with energy-based internal heating to complement surgical skin excision and the repositioning of underlying tissue.

Buttock augmentation is another aspect of this comprehensive approach to thighplasty. Dr. Emer can repurpose the unwanted fat cells he extracts when performing liposuction on the thighs for use in a fat grafting procedure. After purifying the harvested fat, Dr. Emer can inject it to add volume and shape the buttocks.

Mini thigh lift

A mini thigh lift focuses only on the inner-upper thigh area. The mini thighplasty can be a great option for patients who are happy with the appearance of the mid and lower thighs but desire tightening in the inner-upper thigh and/or a wider thigh gap. Though the scope of this procedure is limited, it involves less downtime than other thighplasty techniques and only requires small incisions that can be hidden in the groin area.

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The entire staff is not only knowledgeable but extremely sweet. Their main interest is making the patient happy. Dr Emer is now my go to guy for everything relating to face and body. When no other Dr could produce results, Dr Emer found ways to brighten, tighten, and lift areas that I thought were hopeless. I give him more than 5 stars! – WB

So, let me just say that I’ve been reading Dr. Emer’s reviews, etc since joining RS. This is what made me feel comfortable choosing him for cosmetic sx, full and well knowing that this couldn’t be the only reason for choosing a Dr. I decided along with a friend to go in for a consultation. Upon arrival for our appointments, we were immediately greeted and offered beverages by Justin who is delightful. The office is esthetically pleasing and clean (I did not expect anything less) we were taken to the exam room given robes and slippers to change into. Dr. Emer and his team took their time listening to the concerns and desires for our procedures explaining everything very thoroughly. We felt comfortable not rushed at all. The nursing staff are very nice and as mentioned above Justin is a delight, we had a great time being there. This is the type of experience I would want and expect from any healthcare provider. I hope to have sx with Dr. Emer soon. – KK

Jason changed my life! I am Feeling confident as ever now! I chose to see Jason for a number of procedures and treatments because of his unbelievable talent and keen eye for aesthetics. No regrets whatsoever, and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my body. Highly recommend if you want to improve your look completely and boost your confidence! Jason and his Team rock! – AG

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What to Expect

What Can I Expect After a Thigh Lift?

If you did not combine your thigh lift with other surgeries, you will be able to return home the same day as your surgery. If additional procedures were performed, an overnight stay in the hospital may be necessary.

For the first two to three weeks of your recovery, rest should be your main priority. The treatment area will be sore and swollen initially. Dr. Rojas will advise you on the proper use of prescription medication and/or over-the-counter medication to ease discomfort.

You can expect to notice some improvement in the size and shape of your thighs almost immediately after your surgery. However, post-op swelling will need to subside before you can enjoy your final results. Complete healing will take several weeks.

Be sure to wear your compression garments as directed by Dr. Rojas to protect the incision sites and minimize swelling. Depending on the location of your incisions, you may need to rest and sleep in specific positions during the first several days of your recovery.

Your total recovery time will depend on the type of thigh lift performed and whether you chose to undergo surgical procedures to sculpt other areas of the body. On average, patients can resume their normal routine with no activity restrictions after six to eight weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering a thigh lift in Beverly Hills, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team looks forward to meeting you and helping you get the lean, shapely thighs you desire.