A thigh lift is performed to correct sagging skin, either on the medial or outer thigh, or both. Reshaping of the thighs is achieved through incisions in the groin that can extend downward to the knee along the inner portion of the thigh. Improving contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours. Risks may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, and/or poor wound healing. Recovery time is 4-6 weeks for return to work, and 1-3 months for a return to strenuous activity. Learn more about thigh lifts.