Thigh Lift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Reshape your thighs and contour your lower body.


Introduction to Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

One body area often overlooked when thinking about cosmetic surgery are the thighs.  While many patients focus on leg strength and muscle toning of the legs, there are also surgical options that can help remove excess skin and fat of the thighs.  A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the thigh.

There are two types of thigh lift procedures: in a limited incision medial thigh lift, the scar runs across the groin crease and the upper portion of the inner thigh is the focus area where skin and fat are removed to provide a firmer appearance of the thigh.  In a standard medial thigh lift, loose skin and fat are removed to reshape and tone the thigh with an incision that runs from the groin down to the knee.  In cases of dramatic weight loss, the two incisions (in the groin and up and down the inner thigh) can be combined to maximize the skin excision.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

2 to 3 hours


General Anesthesia

Back to Work

3 weeks, with restrictions for up to 6 weeks to promote optimal healing time

Total Recovery Time

Up to 6 weeks depending on healing time

Duration of Results

Long lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Dramatic weight loss and general aging can alter the shape of the thigh leaving patients wondering what corrective options exist.  A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a surgical treatment that removes excess skin and fat from the thigh area, promoting a firmer and healthier look of the


Used to Treat

There are a number of reasons you might have excess skin or fat on your thighs. These include:


Age related skin laxity

Low muscle volume

Fluctuations or loss of weight


Benefits of a Thigh Lift

Patients undergoing a Thigh Lift procedure can expect:

  • Reduces the dimpled or cellulite-prone look of the thighs
  • Reduces skin irritation/rash that is common with excess skin in the inner thigh
  • Improves self-confidence

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

In a thigh lift procedure, an incision is made in the inner thigh to remove excess skin and fat.  In most cases, the incision will be made so that any scarring is minimally visible.  In a limited incision medial thigh lift, the excess upper inner thigh skin is excised with a scar in the groin crease. In a standard medial thigh lift, the incision is made from the groin vertically down toward your knee.  In patients with significant laxity of the inner thigh skin, a combination of these incisions can be used to maximize the skin excision. Regardless of the technique, it is also very common for the procedure to be combined with liposuction to better contour the thigh.

In our state of the art surgery center, you will meet with your care team including surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurses.  Markings will be made to show you the approximate location of the final scar.  When your procedure begins, you will be administered medications that sedate or anesthetize you while the surgery occurs.  The surgeon will make an incision to remove excess fat and/or skin and perform liposuction as needed.  The incision is closed using special surgical sutures in multiple layers to yield the best scar possible.  This is an outpatient procedure, which means you will go home the same day of the surgery.

The Recovery

Immediately following the procedure, your incisions will be covered with bandages and special garments to deter excess swelling and for optimal healing. Although each patient is given individual instructions for recovery care, we require ample rest and minimal use of the arms in order to promote healing and comfort. Your surgeon will expect to see you within 24-48 hours following the surgery in order to ensure your healing is on track for the best results.

Before & After

Results of a Thigh Lift

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift near you

Book Your Thigh Lift Consultation

An improved silhouette is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about arm lifts and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Lu and his staff were professional, efficient and very friendly throughout the entire process. They addressed any concern I had and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed with any appointment and they made me feel like I was a priority.

On the day of the surgery, any nerves I had were reassured by the professionalism and experience Dr. Lu and his staff demonstrated. It was great getting a text from Dr. Lu the next day to see how I was doing, and knowing I could text him any time with concerns or questions.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lu for any cosmetic surgery, he’s the best in the area. I had gone to a plastic surgeon a couple years ago in Schaumburg and I had a totally different experience. The staff there seemed ‘bothered’ with questions I asked and the doctor made some troubling comments when I had expressed some concerns about my results. So when I met Dr. Lu, I knew I was making the right choice to have him do my surgery.

-Dru Hay

Dr Lu and his associates are wonderful and always explain everything in detail. They took time to answer all my questions and my surgery results look better than I anticipated.
-Nina Whittaker

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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