Can Surgery Give Me a Thigh Gap?

The thigh gap has entered the news again this week, after Urban Outfitters was ordered by a British advertising standards group to remove a lingerie ad featuring a model that was described as “unhealthily thin“.

Urban Outfitters ad showing a thigh gap

Urban Outfitters ad showing a thigh gap

If you have been out of touch with this issue, a thigh gap is defined as “a space between the inner thighs when standing upright with knees touching” (  It is considered a marker for female attractiveness by some, and searching for “thigh gap” on the internet will result in numerous links to pages giving advice on how to obtain those elusive thin thighs.

Our question today: can surgery give you a thigh gap?  But the more important question: should you even care about the thigh gap?

We’ll tackle the first question quickly, since this is, after all, a blog about Plastic Surgery.  The inner thigh is an area that tends to have a significant amount of fat under the skin, especially in women. Liposuction in this area may result in a space between the thighs in some individuals. And that last part is key: some individuals. Which leads us back around to the second question. Thigh gaps are really just a result of the way you’re built. Sure, losing weight may help if you’re overweight. But there are plenty of women out there who are at a healthy weight according to their BMI, and who will never have a thigh gap. See the photo below for a great example of this: this woman is fit and healthy, but she doesn’t have a thigh gap.

Unless your body is built in a very specific way (wide-set hips and thin thighs), wishing to have a thigh gap is about as helpful as wishing to be taller. Rather than focusing on one specific body area, focus on how you feel as a whole. You’ll get more out of life being fit, healthy and active than the small and temporary satisfaction you may glean from having thighs that don’t touch.



What do you think about the thigh gap obesssion? We’d love to hear from you in our comments!

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