What Causes Loose Skin on the Thighs?

Thigh Lift

The thighs are one of the parts of the body that commonly accrue loose skin and excess fat. This loose skin can be physically uncomfortable, frustrating to exercise with, and may be emotionally distressing.

That’s why many people opt to have thigh lift surgery performed to remove loose skin and excess fat from their thighs. That being said, what causes loose skin on the thighs?


Developing loose skin on the body is often a natural part of life. That’s why aging is the number one cause of loose skin on places like your thighs. The elasticity and “youth” of your skin depend on collagen and elastin in your skin.

As you age, your body naturally produces less collagen and elastin. Without as much collagen and elastin, your skin isn’t able to “bounce back” the same way after stretching. A loss of collagen and elastin can also cause the skin to sag, leading to a loose, drooping effect.

Large Weight Loss

Similar to aging, loose skin caused by large weight loss is directly correlated to elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. When gaining weight, your skin has to stretch to accommodate the new mass. However, large amounts of weight gain can stretch and damage the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin.

If you’re young enough or lose weight very gradually, your skin may be able to adjust without loose skin. However, rapid or very large weight loss can lead to loose or sagging skin.

Sun-Damaged Skin

The sun is constantly emitting UV radiation that is damaging to our skin. However, UV radiation does more than just cause sunburns on the surface of our skin.

UV radiation penetrates the surface of the skin and can damage underlying structures like collagen and elastin. If these structures are damaged, then you are more prone to developing loose skin.

Thigh Lift Surgery in Huntington Beach, CA

Our Orange County Cosmetic Surgery staff believes everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin. That’s why we provide cosmetic surgery options like thigh lifts so you can say goodbye to loose skin.

Dr. Anthony Miller is proud to offer a warm and welcoming practice where patients can express their cosmetic goals and receive the proper treatment to get them there. If you’re ready to ditch the loose skin with a thigh lift, contact Orange County Cosmetic Surgery at 714-379-9777 to book a consultation today.

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