When the skin around the thighs is excessively sagging, the area can look disproportionate and unattractive, but a thigh lift (also known as a thighplasty) can resolve these issues.

When cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City perform thigh lift surgery, they trim away excessive skin, then tighten the remaining skin, tissue, and muscle for a smoother, more contoured look.

A thigh lift may be performed as part of a body contouring surgery plan for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. This surgery is advised for those who are at or near their ideal weight and have not seen full results after following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Patient transformations


Surgical Technique

Thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. During this procedure, an incision will be made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.

First of all, Dr. Nuveen and his staff are amazing-fun, friendly, and personable. I truly appreciate the continued follow-up. Secondly, my problem areas between my waist and knees are no longer a problem. My tummy is so flat and tight, I can see my abs. Thighs are lean and hips -- no more muffin top for me. A wonderful experience -- no regrets! I love my new shape! Thank you.


Combination Procedures

A combination of lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, can be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift and a butt lift are the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well.

With this, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttock area. An incision can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttock and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.

Dr. Nuveen and his staff are the absolute best!!! I am from the DFW area and would recommend him HIGHLY to anyone!!..I had an entire lower body lift, spiral thigh lift and I was so worried about having no "booty" left after all the excess skin would be removed. Dr. Nuveen created me a "booty" and believe me he had his work cut out for him. I am still AMAZED at the way I look. I sometimes look at my before and after pictures and can't believe how incredible I look thanks to HIM!! He truly cares about his patients and has their best interest at heart!...


During/After Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 3 hours to complete, but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6-8 weeks.

Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients find their self-confidence improve after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.

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    After my second procedure at CSA with Nuveen we will never go anywhere else. We are thrilled with Dr. Nuveen, his facility, and his staff! Best of the best!

    Candace Crick

    They are so caring and not just because it’s a job but because they are concerned with your happiness. They made me feel relaxed and at ease and my nurse, Tiffany, is amazing. She calmed me during my pre-op and helped me with questions and concerns post -op. The drs there are warm and welcoming and do an amazing work!!!

    Amber Sterrenberg

    Great staff, great environment, and overall a great experience

    Janet Arreola


    Thigh Lift FAQs

    Cellulite gone?

    Thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Because the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulites or other skin irregularities on the upper legs.

    After-surgery workout?

    Because this surgery is invasive, it is recommended that patients limit strenuous activities until fully recovered. Patients may go back to a normal (light) routine 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise should wait until about 6-8 weeks post-op. When all wounds are completely healed, patients may begin lower body moves such as lunges or squats.


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