Thigh reduction surgery.


Tees Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics offering thigh reduction.

All our cosmetic procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience in Plastic Surgery delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What could thigh reduction do for you?

Improve the shape and size of your thighs.
Enable you to wear the clothes you want to wear.
Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem

What is thigh reduction?

Some people hate the shape of their thighs. Liposuction can help if the main problem is fat excess. If there is too much skin – this can be a particular problem after weight loss – then you benefit from thigh reduction. Sometimes we combine the two to remove excess skin and fat to improve size and shape of your thighs. The trade off is a scar that runs down the inner aspect of your thighs.   

Am I a good candidate for thigh reduction?

The best candidates for thigh reduction are people who have problems with loose skin and/or excess fat in their thighs.

What happens before my thigh reduction?

Your first appointment will take place with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical history and examination with one of our nurses to keep you company. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. 

What does the procedure involve?

Thigh reduction can be done in a number of different ways and we will help you choose the best procedure for you. All techniques involve the removal of the excess skin and fat and suspension of the fascia to give lift (thigh reduction is often called thigh lift). Medial thigh lift takes 1-2 hours and can be done with you awake (local anaesthetic) or asleep. Lateral & posterior thigh and buttock lift is usually done as part of body lift surgery to rejuvenate the buttocks and thighs. 

What happens after my thigh reduction?

You can go home the same day or stay overnight after thigh reduction.  We use dissolving stitches and showerproof dressings so you can shower straight away and there are no stitches to remove. We like you to wear lycra-rich shorts with as much as possible for the first 6-8 weeks to help reduce swelling and improve your scars. Most people heal in 1-2 weeks and gently return to normal activities from day one and return to vigorous activity like the gym after 4-6 weeks. You can go back to work when you feel able to do so. As a guide, most of our patients take 7-10 days off work. Once you have healed we advise you massage regularly with Bio-oil or moisturising cream and typically scars settle within 6-12 months.

What are the downsides to abdominoplasty?

Most patients do not have any problems after their procedure. The most common problems we see are slow healing and tight scars. We will go through this with you in clinic. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and it is important that you balance the benefits and risks for you. Thigh reduction leaves a long scar down the inside of the thigh – the trade off for an improved thigh shape and contour. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, haematoma, infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size and shape, changes in sensation and pain. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves with time and massage. Future changes in weight may change the size and shape of your thighs. 

How can I minimise my risks?

We advise all our patient who smoke to stop before their procedure – research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. Stop any medicines that increase your risk of bleeding such as Aspirin and other NSAIDs 2 weeks beforehand. We will discuss this with you in clinic. 

Are re there any alternatives to thigh reduction surgery?

Weight loss and exercise can improve abdominal shape and contour instead of or as well as abdominoplasty. Liposuction can be done at the same time as abdominoplasty to improve the final result. Beauticians also offer a number of treatments to reduce tummy size, such as Vaser, Smartlipo and these may help some people. However there is little good evidence that these are effective in the medium or long term.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant-delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation 
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