How To Prepare For A Thigh Lift, Thigh Reduction or Thighplasty Procedure

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Preparing for plastic surgery means more than scheduling time off work and lining up help with the kids. While those are certainly important aspects of thigh lift preparation, it’s also critical that patients understand what to expect before, during, and after surgery and how to plan accordingly.

At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen helps patients feel comfortable, confident, and fully prepared for thigh lift surgery by providing the most comprehensive and personalized care throughout the entire process, from initial consultation to postoperative follow-up. Use this helpful information to learn more about what you can expect at each phase of thigh lift surgery and what pre-op plans can set you up for a seamless experience and long-lasting results.

What does a thigh lift do?

Also called a thighplasty, thigh lift surgery is a highly transformative body contouring procedure that aims to reshape the upper leg. A thighplasty can be performed on the inner thigh, outer thigh, or both. Often, the thighplasty is paired with thigh liposuction to remove stubborn thigh fat for an even more slender and attractive leg contour. Frequently, Extreme weight loss patients undergo thigh lift surgery to remove extra skin on their thighs. The thigh lift procedure is also popular among patients who have developed loose, wrinkled thigh skin as a result of pregnancy, or natural aging.

The thigh lift often results in fewer stretch marks and/or reduced cellulite. However, the removal of stretch marks and cellulite is not the primary goal of the procedure. During your initial consultation for thigh lift surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Katzen will thoroughly evaluate and discuss your concerns, explain all of your options at length, and recommend the most appropriate course of action to help you achieve your goals.

What do I need to do before thigh lift surgery?

Before undergoing thigh lift surgery, patients should be near a stable, healthy weight. If Dr. Katzen determines that you are a good candidate for thigh lift surgery, you will be able to schedule your procedure and begin preparations. Some of the most important things to do leading up to your thighplasty procedure include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Adjust medications (including blood thinners and aspirin) as directed by Dr. Katzen
  • Continue a regular exercise routine and healthy diet
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Fill prescriptions written by Dr. Katzen
  • Schedule time off work
  • Line up help with housework and children
  • Arrange for a partner, loved one, or trusted friend to drive you to and from the procedure
  • Set up a comfortable sleeping environment that allows you to be in a reclined position (not flat)
  • Stock up/prep healthy meals and snacks
  • Review thigh lift recovery instructions with Dr. Katzen

How long do I need to take off work for thigh lift surgery?

Patients can expect to feel more comfortable walking around the house and doing light desk work about 2-3 weeks after a thigh lift. However, many patients require up to 3 – 4 weeks off work after thighplasty to allow for a complete recovery and proper healing. For patients who combine a thigh lift with additional procedures, such as lower body lift, or tummy tuck, it may be necessary to take more time off work. Based on the nature and extent of your procedure, the physical demands of your job, your healing progress, and other factors, Dr. Katzen will help you better understand what length of time you may need to schedule off work after your thigh lift.

Want to make the most of your Beverly Hills thigh lift? Preparation is key!

As with any major step in your life, having reconstructive plastic surgery should begin with you feeling comfortable, confident, and well-prepared. With personalized care and thorough instructions from the knowledgeable team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, patients can set themselves up for the most successful surgery and speediest recovery possible. To learn more about the exciting results that can be achieved with thigh lift and how to best prepare for surgery, call to schedule your private consultation with internationally recognized, plastic surgeon, Dr. J. Timothy Katzen today.

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call TODAY at (310) 859 - 7770 to schedule 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.