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Surgical thigh lift at PANTEA® in Munich

In the thigh area, particularly on the inner thighs, sagging of the skin can occur after weight fluctuations, as part of normal skin ageing or after liposuction. In such cases, many patients consider a thigh lift.

Both excess skin and unwanted fatty tissue on the inside of the thighs are removed to give the legs a firmer appearance. The thigh lift smoothes the remaining skin and significantly changes the contour of the thigh, making it look firmer and more youthful.

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Your thigh lift in good hands with PANTEA®

Our renowned private practice for plastic and aesthetic surgery offers you not only holistic lipoedema treatment but also all available treatment options in the field of breast surgery and skin-tightening and body-shaping surgery at the highest quality level.

We take care of your well-being with our holistic approach, from the initial consultation to aftercare following an operation.

Our aim is for you to feel completely comfortable in your body again and experience a better quality of life, attractiveness and health.

For a satisfactory aesthetic result, we are at your side as your trusted companion not only before and during the treatment, but also afterwards.

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Your experts for thigh lifts at PANTEA®

At PANTEA® you can expect a whole team of highly qualified specialists who have been intensively involved in treatments in the field of plastic aesthetic surgery for many years.

Every year, we successfully perform more than 700 operations to the satisfaction of our patients .

Dr. Maria Wetzel, specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery at PANTEA

Dr. med. Maria Wetzel

Dr. Julia Steinberger, specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery at PANTEA

Dr. med. Julia Steinberger

Our interdisciplinary approach combines the comprehensive knowledge of plastic aesthetic surgery with aesthetic medicine and gynecology.

Thanks to this unique complementary expertise and our holistic approach to treatment, we always achieve the best possible treatment outcome for our patients.

The focus is on you

As specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery and medical experts, we know all your worries and fears.

Every patient's wishes are different and so is every patient. We look after you holistically and empathetically and take plenty of time for your treatment.

Arrange a consultation with us now:
+49 (0) 89 - 38 38 08 66

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Why can a thigh lift improve your quality of life?

The natural ageing process and the associated loss of skin elasticity, but also weight loss, can lead to excess skin in the thigh area. This is often perceived as unaesthetic and is hidden under long clothing. If the thighs rub against each other when walking due to sagging of the skin and excess skin, skin irritation and inflammation may result.

This often leads to the desire for a thigh lift. Like any surgical procedure, a thigh lift should always be discussed individually with the patient, as the planning and execution of this procedure, including the resulting scarring, must be tailored to the initial findings.

In most cases, a tightening in the inner thigh area is sufficient. A crescent-shaped skin spindle is removed. The scar can be placed in the groin and gluteal fold.

If severe weight loss or liposuction, e.g. for lipoedema, has been performed, there is often a pronounced excess of skin in the thigh area. In this case, it may be necessary to perform an additional vertical lift in which the scar on the inside of the thighs is positioned from the groin to just above the knee joint.

Depending on the initial findings, it may also make sense to combine a thigh lift with liposuction in the area to be lifted. The extent of the thigh lift in particular can only be determined during a personal consultation with our experts in the PANTEA® team.

Additional aesthetic treatment options / combination procedures:

Aesthetic surgery: If required, a thigh lift can be performed together with a lift of another body region (e.g. skin tightening of the abdominal wall, upper arms or breasts) as well as with aesthetic liposuction as part of a combination procedure.

The advantage of a combination procedure for patients is that several "problem areas" are treated in one procedure, which means that you only have to accept one general anesthetic, one hospital stay and a single healing phase to achieve the desired treatment result. We are happy to address your individual needs and wishes in a detailed personal consultation and always ensure the best possible medical and aesthetic realization of your wishes and ideas.

Aesthetic medicine: We offer non-invasive superficial laser treatments for skin tightening using Fotona lasers as a follow-up treatment if further optimization of the skin's appearance is desired after the surgical procedure.

Surgical thigh lift

Place of the operation: Iatros Private Clinic in Munich

Duration: approx. 120-240 minutes

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Method: Surgery with crescent-shaped skin incision in the groin region; surgery with crescent-shaped skin incision in the groin region and on the inside of the thigh (T-incision); combination procedure with liposuction

Stay: 1-2 night inpatient stay in our premium cooperation private clinic in Munich

Socially acceptable: after approx. 14 days

Loss of working hours: approx. 1-3 weeks

Aftercare: Compression garment for approx. 4-6 weeks

Sport: possible again after approx. 6-8 weeks

Final result: after approx. 3 months

Pain: Moderate wound pain and tightness immediately after the operation for up to 2 weeks; pain subsides quickly.

Scar: Heals quickly and is visible on the inside of the thigh and groin.

Check-up / healing: Wound check after 1 week; follow-up check after approx. 6 weeks; self-dissolving stitches (no stitches necessary); wound healing usually completed within 6 weeks after the operation.

Billing: We are a private practice. Our services are billed directly to the patient as a self-payer.

Treatment procedure for a thigh lift at PANTEA® in Munich

Medical treatment comprises several steps: from diagnosis through to completion of treatment.


The first step at PANTEA® is a detailed consultation. Our doctors will take time for you, answer your questions and carry out a photo documentation, ultrasound and physical examination.


Depending on the findings, we will work with you to determine an individual treatment plan and discuss all the options for optimally implementing your desired treatment.


Together with our patients, we decide on the most suitable surgical method for a thigh lift during the consultation.


The day before the operation you should drink enough fluids and get enough sleep so that you can have the operation in a healthy and rested state.


On the day of the thigh lift operation, you should arrive at the clinic on an empty stomach, i.e. you should not eat anything for at least 6 hours before the operation and not drink anything for at least 2 hours before the operation.


After the operation, our patients receive a "post-op kit". This contains useful aids, as well as hints and tips for optimal behavior during the healing phase and afterwards, as well as high-quality nutritional supplements and nutriceuticals to support the healing phase and the sustainable transition to a healthy and balanced diet.

Of course, we are always available to answer our patients' questions after the operation.


We recommend that you take approx. 1 to 3 weeks off after the operation. Aftercare includes wearing compression garments day and night for approx. 4-6 weeks. After 6 to 8 weeks, you may resume light sports activities.


Follow-up appointments are made after the operation in consultation with the surgeon, depending on the healing process. In addition, follow-up appointments can of course be arranged at any time in the event of uncertainties or questions after the operation.


We take a holistic approach at PANTEA® and are therefore not only there for you before and during the operation, but are of course also at your side after the thigh lift.

Would you like to exchange ideas in person?

The PANTEA® team of doctors will be happy to answer any questions you may have during a personal consultation.

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Before the thigh lift

Please observe the following measures before the operation:

Blood-thinning medication (e.g. aspirin or similar) should no longer be taken one week before the operation.

If you are a smoker, please stop smoking three weeks before the operation.

Please avoid drinking alcohol for approx. 1 week before the operation.

Make sure you drink enough fluids in the days before the procedure.

Please organize a transfer home for the day of discharge. An accompanying person is absolutely necessary for this.

After the thigh lift

The following measures are required after the operation:

If you are a smoker, please stop smoking for at least 3 weeks after the operation.

Please avoid drinking alcohol for approx. 1 week after the operation.

It is necessary and recommended to wear compression garments day and night for approx. 6 weeks.

Sport should be avoided for 6 weeks after the operation. After that, light sport can be resumed.

A healthy diet, supported by specific nutritional supplements and regular exercise, are crucial for the long-term success of the therapy.

Your advantages with PANTEA®

All surgical procedures are of course carried out personally by the specialists advising you.

Extensive experience from more than 700 successful operations per year.

Premium concept in a modern private practice in Munich with high-quality equipment, the latest medical equipment and its own outpatient procedure room.

Surgery and inpatient stay at the premium private clinic Iatros in the center of Munich with modern single and double rooms and a very friendly and competent nursing staff.

From woman to woman - personal advice and gentle treatment at eye level.

We are a family business with a highly competent, experienced, dynamic and friendly team.

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    Questions about the surgical thigh lift

    In principle, a thigh lift can be performed on an adult of any age. A stable desired weight should have been achieved before a thigh lift. A thigh lift can significantly and lastingly improve the contour of the thigh. The excess skin no longer has to be hidden under long clothing and the legs no longer rub against each other when moving.

    The team of doctors at the PANTEA® Private Practice for Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery will be happy to advise you in a personal consultation and explain the details of a thigh lift.

    A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction is often performed on the inner thighs first and then the excess skin in this area is removed.

    We use self-dissolving sutures for skin closure.

    We recommend a hospital stay of around 2 nights after the procedure. After the operation, you will be fitted with compression garments, which you should wear for approx. 6 weeks. The final result will be visible after 4 to 6 months. It will take approx. 6-12 months until the scars have healed optimally and the visibility of the scars is inconspicuous.

    As with other operations, general or specific complications can occur during a thigh lift. Hematomas (bruising) or swelling of the skin are normal reactions after the procedure and usually disappear within two to three weeks.

    (Temporary) sensory disturbances in the inner thighs and knees are also normal. The sensation usually returns to normal within a few months. However, permanent disorders can occur.

    In rare cases, an accumulation of blood or fluid may occur. It can usually be punctured and removed in a sterile manner. Only very rarely is a second operation necessary to remove the fluid and prevent a wound healing disorder or hardened scars.

    If a vertical scar is combined with a transverse scar in the groin during the procedure, in rare cases there may be a wound healing disorder in the area of the intersection. Surgical intervention for correction is rarely necessary.

    After a thigh lift, our patients are closely monitored in our consultation hours. As we use self-dissolving sutures, no suture removal is necessary.

    We recommend that our patients take at least 2-3 weeks off to recover from the procedure. Depending on your professional activity, more time may be necessary for recovery and rest. You should not expose yourself to any heavy physical strain for about six weeks after the operation.

    For optimal results after the thigh lift, compression garments should be worn on the legs day and night for 6 weeks. Light sport is possible again after approx. 6 weeks.

    A thigh lift results in a longitudinal scar on the inside of the thigh. This scar is positioned so that it is not visible when standing with the legs closed. Depending on the findings, an additional scar may need to be placed in the groin area. In some cases, a crescent-shaped tightening in the groin area is also sufficient, creating a scar along the crease from approximately the middle of the thigh to the middle of the gluteal fold.

    Our experienced experts within our team of doctors at the Pantea Private Practice for Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery will be happy to explain the best technique for you in a personal consultation.

    Our most important goal in a successful thigh lift is not only to create an aesthetically beautiful, firm and more youthful thigh, but also to keep scarring as minimal and inconspicuous as possible by using the latest techniques.

    Any swelling and hematomas that occur will subside on their own after approx. 4 to 6 weeks.

    What patients say about us:

    Julian TerrafrancaJulian Terrafranca
    09:46 07 Mar 24
    I can highly recommend Dr. Maria Wetzel, she is empathetic, friendly, very competent and very professional. It would be a mistake to go anywhere else. Thank you for everything!
    Dirk WeihrauchDirk Weihrauch
    13:53 29 Feb 24
    After having consulted a total of 19 different specialists in Germany and the nearby Czech Republic and having experienced massive price differences (from 6000 euros to over 27,000 euros for the same tummy tuck operation), I decided on the team of doctors around Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Dozan from the Pantea practice after a very detailed and honest consultation. The positive overall impression continued. The post-operative care, including the absolutely painless removal of the drainage, deserves special mention and now, after a total of 4 months post-operative tummy tuck, the wonderful result is becoming apparent. Another very open consultation and recommendation. Both Dr. Wetzel and Dr. Dozan operate very carefully and focus on healthy wound healing, especially on the abdomen with a scar of more than 30 cm, which should not be underestimated. Competitors who perform liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck can take a leaf out of their book here. Step by step is definitely the better choice and around 4 months after the operation there is no discomfort, the scar heals inconspicuously and thanks to the recommendation for scar care it is also soft, without hardening scar tissue. in short: a clear recommendation for Drs. Wetzel and Dozan! A tummy tuck is not so common, especially in men, but the correction of the mons pubis was far better than the preliminary discussion had suggested!!!
    Andrea B.Andrea B.
    11:57 14 Jan 24
    I had been thinking about a breast lift / breast augmentation for some time and therefore made an appointment with Dr. Wetzel for a consultation at the beginning of was important to me personally to go to a woman with this topic because I personally feel more comfortable.since I do not correspond to the ideal dimensions of a woman but am a little curvier, I was worried that my concerns would not be taken seriously, but might even be advised against it. But Dr. Wetzel immediately allayed my concerns and gave me the feeling that I, as a curvy woman, would be allowed to undergo aesthetic procedures in the same way. with her empathetic, honest and humane manner, she made me feel very comfortable from the very first minute and I felt understood and taken seriously right from the start. She is an incredibly competent, professional and at the same time very friendly doctor. as I was too unsure in the first step, I only decided to have a breast lift in April 23. then, however, my breasts had too little fullness and I had a breast augmentation with implants in December 23.She also gave me excellent and competent advice on the size and manufacturer of the implants I wanted, including 2 or 3 sample photos of what I wanted my breasts to look like, and took enough time at each appointment to explain everything to me clearly and in detail. And after 4 weeks I am now completely satisfied and happy with the result, from the information, to the planning of the operations, to the aftercare, everything went very well and I have always found Dr. Wetzel to be very friendly, calm, emphatic and human. She radiates such calm that I felt very comfortable and in good hands with her. With Dr. Wetzel, everything simply fits, and the entire practice team should not be forgotten. The team was always easy to reach or called back quickly. Everyone was always friendly and helpful, no matter what concerns I had, and I was looked after very lovingly and professionally both in the practice and in the Iatros Clinic, and I can really recommend Dr. Wetzel and the Pantea practice to anyone with a clear conscience, and I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Wetzel and the Pantea team!
    Britta LangeBritta Lange
    12:11 01 Dec 23
    I have had a liposuction for lipedema performed by Dr. Dozan so far and am really satisfied with everything.the result is as I had hoped and the pre- and post-operative care is really great. I was and am able to ask all my questions. 2 more liposuctions are planned and the final step will be an arm lift, because my upper arms are now quite empty. ....😘😊❤️Aber I can only recommend the practice. The clinic where the operation is performed is also totally pleasant - within the scope of the possibilities after such an operation. I also felt that I was in good hands here...:-)
    Monika Kraus-BrummerMonika Kraus-Brummer
    06:48 12 Oct 23
    Experience report: Diagnosis and treatment of lipoedema at the Pantea Clinic MunichM. KBSince 10 years I have been suffering from stage 2 lipoedema. The discovery of this disease came in an unexpected and enlightening way. Here is my story:In my youth and during my pregnancies, I noticed that my body was changing, which is normal in itself. But my legs looked different from my friends' - they were stronger and had an unusual stability. I didn't think anything of it at first, but as time went on the changes became more and more obvious, and the real problems started during the menopause. My legs changed dramatically, accompanied by severe pain that stretched from my ankles to my knees. By this time, my leg no longer had a natural shape. I tried everything to relieve the pain and find out what was wrong with my legs. I consulted various doctors and specialists, but no one could give me a clear diagnosis. In the evenings, I massaged my legs with a hedgehog ball in the hope that it would alleviate the pain, but it wasn't until May of this year, when my daughter suggested I visit the Pantea Clinic in Munich on the recommendation of a colleague, that I found a ray of hope. I didn't have any great expectations when I went to the clinic, I was rather hopeless, and at the clinic I was looked after by Dr. Simone Hermanns, a young and empathetic doctor who spoke to me at eye level. She asked me numerous questions and carried out a thorough examination. Finally, she made the decisive diagnosis: I have stage 2 lipoedema. It was a shock for me, because at that time I had hardly any knowledge about this condition. However, Dr. Hermanns patiently and thoroughly explained everything I needed to know, and the good news was that although lipoedema cannot be cured, there are ways to significantly improve my quality of life. Specially made compression garments and pants can help you to live pain-free. However, permanent improvement requires an operation to remove the diseased fatty tissue. Dr. Hermanns also explained to me how the diseased fat affects circulation and stability in the knees and joints. These explanations helped me to better understand the causes of my pain and discomfort and I immediately decided to have the operation. At the age of 59, I couldn't and didn't want to wait any longer. On June 22, the first operation was performed on the front of my legs. Seven liters of diseased fat were removed. I noticed a significant improvement soon after the operation. The pain on the front of my legs had disappeared and on October 5, the second operation was performed on the back of my legs. The results were promising and I am sure they will be just as positive as the first operation. My mobility has already improved significantly and the pain is history. I no longer have to hide from others and no longer feel guilty about my legs, and I would like to thank Dr. Simone Hermanns from the bottom of my heart. Her expert advice, support and perfect operations have made a lasting improvement to my life. Although I was in a state of shock at the beginning, I was able to trust her and she guided me compassionately and expertly. I can move better, am no longer in pain and can finally go through life with confidence.
    De YoDe Yo
    19:40 24 Sep 23
    I wanted to thank Dr. Dozan from the bottom of my heart for the great consultation and preparation for the operation. There were really no questions left unanswered and nothing could surprise me as I was prepared and informed about everything. I felt that I was in really good hands with Dr. Dozan from the very first moment. Especially because of Dr. Dozan's caring, empathetic manner and his understanding of a woman and her problem. He does his best with professional skill. I had a lipedema operation and things are already looking very good after 14 days. I am so looking forward to the final result. Thank you very are the best doctor in the world.
    Y PY P
    06:06 31 Aug 23
    Initially skeptical due to possible pain....which was taken away from me during the preliminary consultation and also during the treatment by the doctor Mrs. Ehrl.I was given type and professional advice! what can I say?I will repeat the treatment at any time.looks really great and natural! absolutely recommendable! many thanks to Mrs. Ehrl! 🙂
    Marion M.Marion M.
    12:00 22 Jul 23
    I was operated on for the 3rd time by Dr. Lipp (liposuction/lipedema) and I can wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Lipp and the Pantea get an all-round feel-good package.the whole practice team is nice and friendly and is always available to answer any operation result exceeds my expectations.I already feel very comfortable in my body, I am fitter, pain-free and the circumference has been extremely reduced.I am looking forward to my healing year and I am curious to see what else is possible with quality of life has improved by 100%.thank you very much Dr. Lipp + team for the great care and the great result.
    Leonie DeutschländerLeonie Deutschländer
    15:51 19 Jul 23
    Last year in May I had my operation with Dr. Lipp and today I got the before and after pictures and what can I say, I had tears in my eyes, and the almost 3 hour drive there and back was always worth it, from the first consultation to the aftercare.The new practice is also very classy and chic again, but you never have the feeling of being "looked down upon", as if you were in a "Schicki Micki clinic", but always a warm cooperation at eye level from all sides.♥️ (Also, of course, a big thank you to Dr. Hermanns and the team).
    Diana NDiana N
    11:34 17 Jul 23
    If you had a best friend who was a surgeon, who would do everything to free you from lipoedema, who would accompany you the whole way (emotionally, professionally and in an advisory capacity) in an empathetic and at the same time motivating way and who would also conjure up beautiful legs and arms, then Dr. Hermanns would probably be exactly that the summer of 2022 I went to the consultation for the first time because of my lipoedema. The holistic treatment approach and the initial examination/consultation with Dr. Hermanns convinced me that PANTEA would be the right practice for me, and in April 2023 I had the last of 3 liposuctions. Dr. Hermanns has always accompanied me fully on my journey before, during and after. With her emphatic, respectful and also honest manner, she is the ideal doctor for me and I am incredibly grateful to her for everything.Dr. Hermanns has operated with both Dr. Mirko Dozan (2x) and Dr. Lipp (1x) and I can't imagine any better doctors/surgeons. Everyone is very empathetic and the result of the operation is more than I expected 🙂
    V BrandlV Brandl
    12:51 16 Jul 23
    I became aware of Dr. Lipp through a recommendation from a friend. It was the best decision to have her and her colleagues operate on me. Dr. Lipp and Dr. Hermanns are incredibly empathetic, take their time and are always available to answer questions. They honestly share their opinions and give advice. I felt that I was in the best of hands at all times during my lipedema treatment. The operations have given me a new and pain-free life. A big compliment also goes to the great practice team. Here, too, I felt that I was in good hands from the very beginning and, above all, well looked after. Everyone is always available to answer questions - correspondence is quick and uncomplicated. I can more than recommend Dr. Lipp and Dr. Hermanns. Through their passion for their profession, they create beautiful aesthetic results, taking into account the removal of lipedema. An absolute recommendation from the bottom of my heart for this unique practice.
    13:52 16 May 23
    The practice is very centrally located with an underground parking garage. When you enter the practice you are greeted with a smile by the girls at reception, who are super friendly and very helpful. I was offered a coffee while I was waiting. After the treatment you feel super comfortable and fresh again. I would love to come back to such a great atmosphere and would like to thank the great staff and the great organization once again. many thanks to Dr Lipp and Ms Ehrl
    D FD F
    06:39 20 Apr 23
    From the diagnosis of lipoedema to 3 operations and aftercare, I received the best advice and care. I was operated on by Dr. Lipp and Dr. Hermanns. The doctors know what they are doing, are very professional, competent, empathetic and take time for you. I feel that I am in very good hands at the practice with a super committed, empathetic team. A big thank you to Dr. Lipp and her super team! I would choose this practice again at any time without reservation 🙂
    Maria HohlaMaria Hohla
    11:19 22 Oct 22
    Dr. Lipp is an incredibly competent and at the same time empathetic doctor - I feel extremely well looked after. The entire practice team is extremely friendly and courteous and it is such a relief to finally be taken seriously as a lipoedema patient. After 2 operations, not only has my body and the associated pain changed, but my whole lifestyle has suddenly become healthier and more active. And I owe it all to Dr. Lipp and her entire team.
    Mutschekiebchen 16Mutschekiebchen 16
    14:26 18 Oct 22
    I have already had 2 operations with Dr. Lipp and her great team, with one more to go. I am very satisfied from the consultation to the current status. The care before and after the operation is simply outstanding, Dr. Lipp and her very friendly manner take away any fear and the result is already convincing. Many thanks also for the phone calls after the operation, they give you the feeling that you are not just a number. I would go the way with Dr. Lipp and her team again at any time, a 3rd operation is still pending, then it's done and I thank you for a hopefully new life
    julia sobieszekjulia sobieszek
    06:39 07 Oct 22
    The doctors are very empathetic and take their time for the consultation. And the results of the operation are sensational. I've had no more pain since the operation and my metabolism is working again! A new attitude to life and a new quality of life!
    Francie RichterFrancie Richter
    18:21 28 Jun 22
    I can wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Lipp's practice. She works with a great team, all questions were answered at all times, Dr. Lipp and Dr. Hermanns are my live safer, thanks to them I have no more pain and finally slim legs. I was able to come to them with all my questions and always felt understood and seen. Simply great people with a big portion of professionalism, I am so happy because I can continue to work with them professionally. ❤️ A huge thank you for the new attitude to life ❤️
    Constanze LeuchtleConstanze Leuchtle
    12:11 01 Apr 22
    A very empathetic young doctor with lots of specialist knowledge. She simply makes you feel totally well looked after and understood. It is often very difficult to find a doctor with lipedema who knows about this disease, and because of her research she is very familiar with the conditions of this disease. 2 operations have been performed on me by Dr. Lipp so far. Her colleagues and the practice team are also very nice and Dr. Hermanns has been able to give me many helpful tips, and I am very happy to have gone this way with Dr. Lipp. And I hope she can help many more patients to lead a pain-free life.

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