Aging, weight fluctuations, gravity, and other factors cause the thighs to become heavy, flabby and saggy in many people. Many people resort to diet and exercise to address the condition, but oftentimes most patients find it an exercise in futility. Other problems of the thighs include surplus, loose skin and excessive accumulation of stubborn fats. People who are very image-conscious find this disconcerting and frustrating because it affects their aesthetic appearance.One of the very effective plastic surgeries available to treat loose, heavy, and saggy thighs is the thigh lift procedure. The procedure can improve the thighs by removing excess skin and fats for a more toned skin and shapelier thighs. The thigh lift surgery is the best way to make your thighs tauter, more proportional and aesthetically appealing. The procedure contours the thighs by removing superfluous skin, fat, and tissue.Like all other plastic surgery procedures, anyone who considers the thigh lift is expected to meet certain eligibility criteria. This means that your candidacy will be assessed for the procedure during the initial consultation. The first thing that the plastic surgeon will examine is whether you actually have saggy, loose thighs that need surgical intervention. Secondly, the surgeon will ask about your expectations from the surgery and your aesthetic goals.Normally, you may qualify for the procedure if you have unwanted, loose skin and soft tissue in your thighs. During the procedure, the thin layer of fat pockets will be taken out. You will also qualify if your weight is stable and you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and proper diet. It is important to understand that weight gain after the surgery will adversely affect your aesthetic outcome.Naturally, as in any surgery, you must be in good health to be considered a good candidate for the thigh lift. If you are suffering from chronic health problems like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, or blood disorder, you must bring this to the attention of your surgeon. People suffering from serious health ailments will not qualify for the thigh lift surgery.If you smoke, you will need to quit to qualify for the procedure. Smoking can severely impair and slow down the healing process. It also puts you at risk of unwanted blood clots. This is the reason why patients are told to stop smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery or for the duration of the recovery period.Patients taking certain medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, supplements, and herbal drugs will also be required to stop taking them before the surgery, because they can lead to serious health issues. Additionally, you will also need to stop taking alcohol for a period prior and after surgery. Your psychological health will also be assessed to make sure you are emotionally and cognitively stable.The ideal candidate for thigh lift is expected to have realistic expectations from the procedure, because there isn’t any surgery that can make your body perfect. Scarring is inevitable so if you do not want scars, you should rethink your decision to undergo the thigh lift surgery.