How Long After Tummy Tuck and Lipo Can I Have Thigh Reduction?

I just had Tummy Tuck 7 weeks ago and would like to have thigh reduction. I've had a bad time coming out so I'm not so keen to go through that again. Should I wait a certain time after my Tummy tuck? I also have had liposuction. Thanks

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Wait 3 months for thigh reduction after tummy tuck and lipo

Your tummy tuck probably partially corrected some of the skin laxity that you may have in your thighs- especially if a high lateral abdominoplasty technique was done. Its reasonable to wait 3 months. That interval of time will allow you to heal, allow any pelvic edema to resolve and allow for relaxation of any thigh tissue tightening you might have gotten from the tummy tuck. Make sure your surgeon provides good DVT prophylaxis measures during your thigh lift- it will be your second major pelvic/trunk procedure in a three month interval--so you're at high risk for VTE.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Staged Massive Weight Loss Procedures

It's not unusual for patients who undergo massive weight loss to develop significant amounts of loose skin. This problem can effect almost any area of the body. For this reason, massive weight loss patients will often require staged procedures to address their multiple areas of concern.

When procedures are staged, safety should be everyone's first priority. Prior to proceeding with a secondary procedure, patient's should be fully recovered from their first operative procedure. It typically takes between three to six months for a full recovery to occur following massive weight loss surgery. At this point in time, activity levels should be normal and all medical issues resolved. Patients should have normal hemoglobin levels and normal laboratory studies.

Once these criteria are met, the risk of a secondary procedure should be no greater than the original procedure. In addition, the resolution of swelling will help with aesthetic judgements.

If you're considering staged massive weight loss procedures, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Give Enough Time to Heal Between Proceedures

Congratulations on undergoing a tummy tuck. You stated you had a bad time coming out of your Tummy Tuck.  I assume this was waking up from the anesthetic.  If it is not, then please disregard this comment.  I would also ask where the liposuction had been done.  If the liposuction was on your abdomen, then this comment should be relevant.


I would wait at minimum 6 weeks between your tummy tuck and thigh reduction.  It takes a moderate amount of time for the blood to rebuild in your system and if there were any issues after your first surgery, I would wait longer.  Typically, there is no urgency to have a thigh reduction surgery so the thigh reduction can wait. 

Thank you,

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS

J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Time between procedures- Tummy Tuck and Thigh Reduction

This questions should be answered by your board certified plastic surgeon. In the case of a healthy patient, I typically require a 6 month healing period between procedures. Best of luck!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Depends upon how you are healing......


There is no set time here. It depends upon how you are healing and the nature of the planned operation. I have done these five weeks apart and been OK.


Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh Lifts

After massive weight loss, there is excess skin in the abdomen thighs and buttocks.

To do all these tightening procedures is really a lower body lift. it can be done in stages, Before embarking on the next stage you should be completely healed and satisfied. A waiting peroid of at least 6 weeks is safe.

ABDOMINOPLASTY, tightens the abdominal muscles, and removes the excess, lax skin of the upper and lower abdomen. The procedure includes liposuction of excess fat in the upper abdomen, waist line and hips.


The abdominoplasty incision can be extended over the hips to the buttocks will remove lax skin over the thighs and buttocks, thus lifting the buttocks and the lateral thighs.


Medial thigh or inner thigh lift is done through an incision placed high in the groin crease, well hidden by bikini or underwear. Excess skin is removed and the inner thigh is lifted and tightened.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Thigh reduction after tummy tuck and lipo

THIGH REDUCTION can be understood as meaning
- Circumferential Liposuction of the thigh to reduce their bulk
- Medial Thigh Lift
- Outer - Lateral Thigh Lift.

Practically speaking, you would want any tissue swelling to have settled down and for the scarring process to be mature if you wanted any surgery on an area close to on impinging on the operative site of the Tummy Tuck / Liposuction.

If your thigh are really full of fat and your surgeon felt that it would be best if you had circumferential liposuction as a first (staged) step BEFORE either a Lateral or Medial thigh lift was done - such a procedure could be done as early as 2 months after your Tummy Tuck. But - if you wanted a Thigh lift, I would prefer to wait 6-8 months before doing them to get the best picture of where things really are and a normal tissue to work with which, in turn would get you the best healing.

Good Luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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6-8 months

I assume since you didn't have these procedures together than you are referring to a medial thigh lift. A tummy tuck and medial thigh lift should not be done together as there are issues with blood supply and this can result in significant wound breakdown or worse.

I would recommend waiting 6-8 months to make sure the blood supply has reestablished itself. If you're talking about the lateral thighs I would only recommend about 3 months.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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