Thigh & Arm Lift Surgery

Thigh & Arm Lift Surgery

Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board, Chaired by Simon Smith (Medical Director & Consultant Surgeon) on 5th March 2020.

If you are unhappy with the way your arms and thighs look, then you are not alone. For many people, the joy and achievement of losing a significant amount of weight can be overshadowed by the excess skin that is left behind. Once the skin has been stretched beyond capacity due to weight gain, natural growth or pregnancy, stretch marks can appear and if the weight is then lost again, the skin may struggle to shrink back into place instead hanging in loose folds from certain areas of the body. Arm and thigh lift surgery is performed to remove this excess skin to leave the thigh area tight and smooth, and giving you the body confidence you deserve.

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  • To help create a more proportionate figure and hence make clothes buying much more enjoyable
  • To be able to wear clothes that are more figure revealing and the ability to wear a greater variety of clothes
  • To feel more youthful and improve the appearance of the skin
  • To improve the body contour when seen through tight fitting clothes



Arm or thigh lift surgery usually requires an overnight stay in hospital as it is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between two and three hours to complete. To perform the surgery your surgeon will make an incision around the top of the thigh (near the groin) before pulling the excess skin upwards, stitching it into its new position and trimming the excess. The result is smooth thighs that show the results of your weight loss and give you the confidence to wear summer clothing, swimwear and underwear proudly.

Is it right for me?

Arm and Thigh LiftChoosing to have arm and thigh lift surgery

There are many reasons why people choose to have arm or thigh lift surgery:

  • To improve self-esteem and self-image
  • To help create a more proportionate figure and hence make clothes buying much more enjoyable
  • Shoulder marks from the pressure of bra straps
  • To be able to wear clothes that are more figure revealing and the ability to wear a greater variety of clothes
  • To feel more youthful and improve the appearance of the skin
  • Improve the body contour when seen through trousers or tight dresses



The final decision will be made between you and your Cosmetic Surgeon. The procedure is most suitable for those patients with excess skin folds after excess weight loss.

The Harley Medical Group has been committed to providing excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions in the UK since it was established. During this time, we have developed a full understanding of the many reasons why people have Cosmetic Surgery and how it can improve how they feel about themselves.


Arm and Thigh LiftIf you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.


The Day of Your Arm or Thigh Lift Surgery

The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room prior to surgery to answer any last minute questions you may have. When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will be offered pain relief should you require it. The amount of time that you will be required to stay in hospital, will be agreed with your Cosmetic Surgeon prior to your admission.


Going Home After Arm or Thigh Lift Surgery

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise how much time you will require off work and when you will be able commence normal activities.

It is important to keep the wounds dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic, for your follow-up checks to ensure that everything is healing properly.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.

You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.


Recovery from Arm or Thigh Lift Surgery

As with most cosmetic surgery procedures it is completely normal to experience swelling to the area, as well as some bruising and this will go down two to three weeks after surgery. In addition to this most patients feel tightness in their thighs and this is completely normal and this sensation will reduce at the same time as the swelling and bruising. Your stitches will be removed approximately seven days after the surgery and you will be advised to avoid exercise for a month to give your thighs time to fully recover. You will also be advised to take one to two weeks off work.


Arm and Thigh LiftIt is important that your decision to have a Cosmetic Surgery procedure is considered carefully. There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of Cosmetic Treatment or Surgery.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your Cosmetic Surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery in order that the Cosmetic Surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Every Cosmetic Surgeon who performs thigh lift procedures for The Harley Medical Group belongs to a relevant professional organisation, is fully accredited to practice in the UK as a specialist in Plastic Surgery, and has specific training and experience in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Our nurses advise you consider the following things before your surgery:

  • Child care and post surgery activities including sleeping arrangements
  • Have necessary post-operative garments
  • How long will the effects of treatment keep me away from my usual activities?
  • At what stage will I be able to judge the results of treatment?
  • How long do the results last?
  • When can I return to work?

At The Harley Medical Group our aftercare is second to none. You will have your own specially trained cosmetic surgery nurse to guide you through your procedure and aftercare. In fact with The Harley Medical Group you are looked after for life.

It is your body so naturally you will want to place it in the safe and trusting hands of The Harley Medical Group. For quality care and ethical practices coupled with experience and they very best medical skills available, there is only one name to trust... The Harley Medical Group.

Before and After Photos


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*Please note that these images have been provided by our surgeons/patients who have allowed us to use them and have not been altered or photoshopped in any way.


Arm Lift & thigh lift Prices

Thigh Lift£5,990
Arm Lift£6,455

All prices quoted are complete, there are no hidden extra costs. 

We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your Free consultation and your counsellor will be happy to take you through these.

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