Thigh Lift Surgery – Upper Thigh Reduction Surgery in Auckland New Zealand

  • Sick of saggy or chafing Upper Thighs?
  • Can’t find clothes that fit?
  • Do you have droopy thighs that embarrass you?

Thigh Lift or Thigh Reduction Surgery for saggy upper thighs is performed by Auckland Plastic Surgeon and thigh lift expert Dr Mark Gittos. The surgery may help restore youthful, toned contours to your thighs. The procedure can help if you are self-conscious about the presence of excessive fat and/or redundant skin in your upper thighs due to significant weight loss results or skin laxity due to ageing,

What is an Upper Thigh Lift ?

Upper Thigh Lift Surgery, medically known as a Thighoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to help reduce flabby upper thigh skin, fat and tissue. It is also known as Upper Thigh Reduction Surgery.

  • Bilateral Thigh Lift Surgery can be beneficial for both women and men who have lost weight or skin elasticity and firmness in the upper thigh area, which has left unsightly sagging skin or ‘thigh flaps’.

What are the benefits of Thigh Reduction Surgery?

An Upper Thigh Lift can reduce the upper thigh area and gives thighs a leaner dimension and firmer appearance.

The surgery reduces loose, sagging skin around the upper thigh area.  The procedure helps reduce redundant, sagging upper thigh skin. It may result in fewer or smaller scars for patients with a lesser degree of sagging upper thigh skin.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

Thigh Lift Surgery may be a great option to achieve a firmer, contoured upper thigh area. The procedure may be appropriate for people with excess or visible sagging upper thigh skin due to weight loss or ageing,

Significant weight loss through Bariatric Surgery or lifestyle changes often leaves behind redundant, sagging, wobbly upper thigh skin or skin folds in various parts of the body. Exercise will help tone and tighten the underlying muscles, but will not help reduce the sagging skin that has resulted from the weight changes.

Thighplasty Surgery, however, is not intended to take the place of exercise regimes or healthy eating. A good candidate must be at a stable weight and should have no underlying health issues.

Patients choosing a thigh lift often combine other lower body reshaping procedures or a complete body makeover after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery.

Thigh Lift Before and After Photos

  • You can see photos of Thigh lift Surgery when you visit the clinic for a consultation.

The Thigh Lift Surgery Procedure

Thigh Lift Reduction Surgery - Best Thigh lift Surgeon NZ Dr Mark Gittos

Excess skin is removed from the inner section of the thighs. Incisions run from the upper thigh near the groin towards the knee. The incision edges are then closed using stitches that are beneath the skin (dissolvable sutures, so that they do not need to be removed).

Thighplasty patients naturally would like the scar to be restricted to the thigh rather than the groin, leaving a trim, more youthful thigh and a small hidden scar.

Excess fat in the thighs is treated by liposuction  – In this case, a suction drain may be used for 24 hrs and compression will be applied. Patients are typically discharged 1 or 2 days after surgery. Sometimes Liposuction may also precede the thigh lift surgery.

Recovery after Thigh Lift Surgery

The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health & lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 4-6 weeks for recovery following your surgery.

You will need to work with Dr Gittos to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving and exercise.

It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period (usually up to 6 weeks).

Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. You will need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon and attend all post-operative consultations.

Thigh Reduction Surgery Costs & fees – How much is a Thigh Lift?

At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

Dr Gittos’ team will provide you a customised fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital. An approximate fee range for your thigh lift surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on thigh lift payment plans and different methods of payment.

Reducing & Minimising Thigh Surgery Scars

The best way to minimise your Thigh Lift scars is choose an experienced surgeon who hides the incision scar in the perfect place under the thigh. This reduces the chances of seeing the scar from the front or back when thighs are together. Scars can take from 12-18 months to mature, but this can vary from patient to patient. Following Dr Gittos’s specific instructions and using silicone tapes and gels can also help you heal better and get a great aesthetic result.

Non Surgical Laser such as Laser and skin needling like Dermapen may be used to assist with healing and minimisation of surgical scars after about 6 to 8 weeks.

Risks and Complications of Thigh lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery incurs risks and complications like any invasive surgery. It is wise to choose a highly trained, experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon with extensive knowledge on how to reduce your surgery risks.

Dr Gittos will discuss all potential risks & complications with you during a consultation. For example, general anaesthesia, scarring and numbness, bleeding, infection, wound healing, deep vein thrombosis and more. There is also a risk of excessive scarring or keloid scars. Always try to be educated about recovery, rest, stay healthy, don’t smoke before or after your procedure and understand your risks fully.

What Thigh surgery patients say

What’s it like to have smaller, firmer upper thigh skin after thighplasty (thigh reduction) thigh lift surgery? Upon successful post-surgery results, even simple things, like wearing shorts or participating in social or exercise activities without worrying about your upper thigh ‘flaps,’ can do wonders for your self-confidence and sense of fashion freedom.

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
  • Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results

Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Email us or Call on 09 529 5352 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • Book a consultation with Dr Gittos by paying the Consultation Fee – $325 incl GST

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