A thigh lift or thighplasty surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and sometimes fat, providing thinner upper thigh and a more streamlined silhouette of the lower body and smoother skin.
Dr Carmen Munteanu is a specialist plastic surgeon and thigh lift expert. She provides dedicated and compassionate care to her patients who wish to undergo this surgery and reshape their upper thighs.
For some women, regardless of their fitness and weight loss efforts, their goal of firmer and more proportionate thighs continues to remain just out of grasp, often thanks to genetics.
The results of a thigh lift are visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent. Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another further surgery may be necessary.
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Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The options include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.
Incision patterns will differ depending on the area or areas to be treated, the extent of correction, and the patient’s lifestyle. One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and re-draped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours. You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate.
Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive.
Deep support sutures within below tissues help to form the newly shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.
The firmer contouring that results from a thigh lift is noticeable almost instantly, although originally obscured by swelling and bruising. It may be essential to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to diminish swelling and support the tissues as they heal. Following a thigh lift, skin quality is intensely improved both in appearance and feel
When your procedure is completed, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimise swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Dr Carmen’s team will provide you a customised fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital. An approximate fee range for your thigh lift surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.
At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
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Dr Carmen Munteanu will carefully listen to your desires and expectations, discuss your age, health history, and risk factors. After a medical examination, she will advise you about your best options and recommend a treatment plan, from the preparation phase to long-term care.
What are the Risks and Complications of Thigh Lift Surgery?
Every surgery has some risks and possible complications.
Dr Carmen will cover the potential risks and complications during your consultation as part of your informed consent. She will also explain the measures she will take in order to reduce your risks as much as possible.
Possible complications of surgery include the following:
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Dr Carmen has 25 years of expertise in breast & tummy surgery as well as excess skin removal for weight-loss patients. Her favourite surgery is Breast Reduction. She also has significant experience in using fat transfer & fat grafting processes to the breast for augmentation and enhancement.
Dr Carmen is a FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon – she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
She is a precise surgeon and customises her surgery procedures and placement of surgical incision lines for each patient to get the best outcomes.
Caring and engaging, Dr Carmen is highly regarded by her peers and patients.
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