Can Thigh Lift Surgery Make My Cellulite Go Away?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Losing a tremendous amount of weight can be life-changing, to say the least. Many men and women who undergo massive weight loss are finally able to participate in physical activities that were previously off-limits. Also, many people begin to achieve more success in their careers and social lives. However, for many weight loss patients who are left with loose, hanging skin, it can be difficult – if not impossible – to enjoy the results of all of their hard work. For this reason, countless men and women turn to cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills, CA each year to complete the final stage of their weight loss transformation.

Among the most popular weight loss procedures (will be a link to the procedure page) is the thigh lift (will be a link to the procedure page), or thighplasty, which can help patients achieve a smoother, slimmer, more natural leg contour. While the thigh lift is primarily a thigh skin and fat removal procedure, many patients wonder whether or not the thigh lift surgery will help get rid of cellulite, since the thigh is a common area for cellulite to appear. award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen and the caring team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills are proud to offer the most innovative, effective, and transformative techniques and procedures available to help Beverly Hills, CA patients sculpt the thighs of their dreams. Read on to learn more about the medial thigh lift in Beverly Hills, CA and find out how it may help improve the appearance of your thigh cellulite.

What is a medial thigh lift?

Medial thigh lift surgery is an exciting plastic surgery procedure designed to remove excess thigh skin, fat, and cellulite and give patients a more natural-looking, beautiful, and smooth thigh contour. Often a thigh lift is performed for those patients who are struggling with loose, hanging skin following a significant weight loss. A thigh lift is also beneficial for women who have had children or anyone who has begun to notice excess, wrinkled, loose thigh skin simply as a result of aging.

How does a thigh lift work?

A medial thigh lift in Beverly Hills, CA, is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about 3 - 4 hours. During the thigh lift, Dr. Katzen will carefully make an incision on the upper leg, usually in the crease where the thigh meets the torso and continues down to the inner thigh. In many cases, thigh liposuction will be used to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat and further enhance the final result. Then, Dr. Katzen will remove excess thigh skin, pull the remaining skin tightly over the leg, and secure it with sutures. This results in firmer, smoother, more contoured shape of the leg.

Can I get a thigh lift for cellulite?

While thigh lift surgery is primarily designed as a thigh skin and fat removal procedure, patients often notice a more appealing overall skin texture following the thigh reduction. Because a portion of the thigh skin is excised and a number of fat cells are removed, many patients are able to achieve an improvement in the appearance of their leg and thigh cellulite with a thighplasty. However, if cellulite is your main concern, there may be an alternative or complementary cellulite treatment that is most appropriate for you. Be sure to discuss your specific concerns, including thigh cellulite, with Dr. Katzen during your consultation so that he can customize a surgical plan to help you achieve your ideal outcome.

How long is thigh lift recovery?

As with any plastic surgery procedure, each patient’s experience will differ. In general, thigh lift patients should expect some level of discomfort, bruising, and swelling for the first several days following surgery. These symptoms can be controlled with medication and will continue to improve with time. Patients are encouraged to start walking slowly in the first couple of days after the procedure. Limited walking improves circulation and efficient healing. Also, it is important to also get plenty of rest and allow your body to recover. You should plan to take 1 – 2 weeks off work for thigh lift surgery, depending on the nature of their job. Typically, full healing and recovery takes about 6-8 weeks. However, most patients are able to resume the majority of their daily routines earlier than this. Exercise and other physical activities will take longer to initiate.

Am I a good candidate for medial thigh lift in Beverly Hills, CA?

To be considered for Beverly Hills, CA thigh lift surgery, patients should:

  • Be in good health

  • Be at a healthy, stable weight

  • Have excess, loose thigh skin

  • Desire an improved leg shape

  • Have realistic expectations

While most men and women who meet these criteria can be considered for thigh lift surgery, it is important to be evaluated by a highly qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable plastic surgeon to determine if a thigh lift is right for you. Call the friendly team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to schedule your one-on-one consultation with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen, and take the first – or final – step in your weight loss transformation today!

Call today to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or WhatsApp virtual consultation. Call Dr. Katzen today for your consultation to achieve the thighs of your dreams.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.