Thigh Lift Surgeon


  • Length: 2-3 hours
  • Anesthesia: general
  • In/Outpatient: based on your health, this is generally an outpatient procedure
  • Side Effects: bruising, swelling, tightness, numbness, discomfort
  • Risks: bleeding, infection, scarring, accumulation of fluid along the incision line, asymmetry, skin irregularities, loss of sensation, blood clot in the leg or lungs
  • Recovery:

    Return to work: 2-3 weeks
    Light exercise: 4 weeks
    Swelling completely resolves:  6 months

The thighs are notoriously difficult to slim and tone; even weight loss surgery or significant weight loss through diet and exercise can leave excess skin and fat deposits hanging from the upper thighs. Since skin does not contain any muscle, loose skin does not respond to exercise at all and can only be fully corrected with surgery. Thigh lift surgery targets the extra skin and fat, removing the fat permanently by liposuction and then removing the excess skin to firm up the inner thigh. Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced body sculpting surgeon who works with Montreal thigh lift patients and is in fact one of the few Quebec-based surgeons to do so.; he maintains a reputation of excellence and patient satisfaction. If you are interested in toning up your thighs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Benchetrit today by calling 514-695-7450.

The Thigh Lift Consultation

During your thigh lift consultation, it’s critical for Dr. Benchetrit to ascertain what your goals of thigh lift surgery are. You should be able to clearly identify what you do not like about your thighs and what your desired results are. Dr. Benchetrit can then determine whether your goals are reasonable and if thigh lift surgery is appropriate for your needs. He will take other information — such as your medical history and general health — into account when making this decision.

Dr. Benchetrit will also explain how you can best prepare for thigh lift surgery; some of his suggestions may include smoking cessation prior to surgery, avoiding certain medications and eating healthfully to encourage a speedy recovery. Dr. Benchetrit will also show you “thigh lift before and after” photos of previous patients on whom he has performed the same procedure so you can have an idea of what to expect. Our entire team will try to educate you as much as possible about the procedure so that you can make informed decisions about your care.

Vectra 3D Photography

Dr. Benchetrit is one of the very few surgeons in Canada to own the Vectra 3D photography system. This revolutionary device can take 3D photos of the thighs and simulate the results of the planned surgery on a computer screen. This makes it easier for the patient to make her decision and, by giving a “preview” of the final result, takes much of the worry out of the process.

Thigh Lift Surgical Techniques

For most patients, Dr. Benchetrit makes the thigh lift incision strictly in the groin, to make the eventual scar inconspicuous and easy to hide under most bathing suits and undergarments. In patients with very significant amounts of loose skin, an optional additional vertical incision extending along the inner thigh to the knee can also be used to improve results. Through the incision(s), he uses liposuction techniques to remove excess fat and tightens the remaining tissue. Then, he removes excess skin and stretches the skin more tightly across the inner thigh, stitching it into place with self-dissolving sutures. Finally, Dr. Benchetrit will place a compression garment around the thighs.

Dr. Benchetrit is known for using techniques to minimize scarring after surgery. He will conceal the surgical incisions as much as possible, and can recommend a protocol of products to use after surgery to cut down on visible scarring. If you are particularly prone to scarring, please bring this to Dr. Benchetrit’s attention during your initial surgical consultation.

The Day of Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is usually performed at the Lakeshore General Hospital. You will first be greeted by experienced medical personnel who will put you at ease while preparing you for surgery. An anesthesiologist will then administer a general anesthesia to help you sleep comfortably during surgery and avoid feeling any pain. After Dr. Benchetrit is finished with your thigh lift, you’ll recover for several hours in a recovery room. Afterwards, you will need to have a loved one pick you up and escort you home and look after you for a day or so. Your mobility may be limited so it’s important to have a caretaker tending to your needs for the first 24 hours at home.

Recovering from Thigh Lift

Your thighs will feel tight, sore and swollen after surgery; these are normal and temporary side effects. Dr. Benchetrit will recommend you wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling. Any discomfort can be treated with pain medication that he will prescribe.

It will take several weeks for your thighs to heal. During this time, you should avoid doing anything to strain your body, including most strenuous exercise. Dr. Benchetrit will advise how long you should take off from work and exercise, and he will follow up with you in person to check your healing and clear you to return to your normal activities.

Why Choose Dr. Benchetrit For Your Surgery?

Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed several hundred thigh lifts. Many plastic surgeons refer their thigh lift patients to him as this is a procedure where experience is the key to obtaining a good result. He is board-certified, familiar with the latest technologies and techniques, and has obtained a very high degree of satisfaction for his patients. Dr. Benchetrit spends a lot of time in the consultation process explaining the different options and helping the patient select the right procedure for her desired result. With the help of the Vectra 3D photo system, patients can “preview” the results of their surgery on a computer screen to help them decide if this is exactly what they want.

Learn More about Thigh Lift

Would you like leaner, firmer thighs? Contact Montreal plastic surgeon Arie Benchetrit at 514-695-7450 to schedule a thigh lift consultation and learn more about this body sculpting procedure. Call or email our practice today.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thigh Lift Surgery

Q: How do I look after my stitches?
A: If you need to clean the area your doctor will tell you. You may have paper tapes or steristrips over the stitches. If so do not remove these tapes. They are an important part of the repair. You may get them wet but do not rub soap into them. Many doctors use stitches that dissolve. This means your stitches do not have to be removed.

Q: Do I have to sleep in any special position?
A: You may sleep in any comfortable position but try to avoid putting tension on the incision line. A recliner is a good way to position yourself. Try to avoid pressure on the area of surgery and follow any special instructions you may have been given after surgery.

Q: Does it hurt after surgery?
A: All surgery is associated with pain and discomfort. Your doctor will probably give you a prescription for pain killers. Remember you can often get good pain relief with simple over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol. Do not take aspirin because this can increase the risks of bleeding. Most patients will complain of some pain for two or three days, after which the level of discomfort deceases significantly.

Q: How do I look after myself after surgery?
A: You can follow some simple rules to make your surgical experience more pleasant. First, acknowledge that you have had surgery and it takes time to heal. Be patient. For the first twenty-four hours take it easy and rest a lot. After the first day or two you will start to feel more comfortable but you are still not ready to begin vigorous activity. Keep the area of surgery elevated and apply ice as directed. Your doctor will give you specific instructions if needed. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced nourishing diet. Do not take vitamin E orally at this point because it can increase bleeding. It is very important that if you have any questions you call your doctor’s office. You should not drive yourself for a week after surgery. You will not be able to stand up straight for several days so you must expect to have some back pain.

Q: When can I return to work?
A:After any operation it is necessary to rest completely for a day or two. During the first week you will begin to feel more like yourself. You should not do any heavy lifting for at least a month. This is major surgery and you will feel tired for four to six weeks.