Do you want slender, sexy legs? The media is filled with images of modelesque women who have long, toned, sexy legs. If you are insecure about the shape your legs/thighs, you are not alone. The inner and outer thighs can represent an area of stubborn fat for many women, areas that do not respond to working out in the gym or dieting. The cause for this is simply genetics. Because it is impossible or at least extremely difficult to lose this fat in the gym, thousands of women get liposuction performed on their thighs every year, and the trend is growing every year. Liposuction will safely and effectively remove excess fat, resulting in skinnier, sexy, more contoured legs.
Thigh Liposuction Case Study with Dr. Sterry
How is it performed?
Liposuction of the thighs is performed in much the same way as any other liposuction procedure would be performed. The plastic surgeon will numb the patient with anesthesia, insert a long hollow tube called a cannula into the patient’s body to suck the fat out, and end by stitching up the incisions. However, there are some intricacies involved with the procedure. The doctor must carefully sculpt the leg as he removes the fat, and he must be sure to do so evenly as to create the most natural appearance, and to give you the results you want. This is why the initial consultation is so important. You need to clearly explain if you want liposuction of the inner thighs, liposuction of the outer thighs, a combination of both, and other areas of the leg that might need to be contoured, such as the back of the knees, calves, etc. You and your plastic surgeon should thoroughly go over what results you desire, because each woman’s body shape is different. Once you have thoroughly gone over what exactly you want done, your doctor will draw the marks on your body that will guide him through the rest of the surgery.
Shaping the Legs
Once you have gone over which areas you want to target, be it the inner thighs, outer thighs, calves, etc., the doctor can then begin the surgery. This is where individual expertise of your plastic surgeon comes into play. Because the legs must be shaped and contoured to look as natural as possible, you will want a doctor who is experienced and knows exactly what he or she is doing. During the surgery, the doctor must be careful to liposuction evenly across all areas that need to be re-contoured, as well as create smooth transition areas between parts of the leg where liposuction was performed and where it was not. Typically, liposuction will just be performed on the inner and outer thighs and no performed and not the top of the leg where the quadriceps are, because this area does not typically need it, as fat does not tend to accumulate there. The doctor will need to make sure that the leg looks smooth and even from all angles, and there are no a sharp transition areas between different parts of the leg. Parts of the leg that were re-contoured with liposuction should blend in perfectly with the parts that were not.
Possibility of Loose Skin
If very large amounts of fat need to be removed, you will be left with loose skin. This is because when the fat is removed, there is not the same amount of the volume underneath the skin to make it fill out. The amount of loose skin you will experience will depend on the amount of fat removed, and unless dramatic amounts of fat are removed, you probably will not suffer any loose skin problems. If you do, however, require a significant amount of fat to be removed from your thighs, then you may need a thigh lift to tighten up and trim away any excess skin.
The recovery time will depend greatly on how much fat is removed. The more that is removed, the more recovery time you will need. But in general, the recovery time after liposuction isn’t bad no matter where it is performed on the body. You will probably require at least three to four days off of work, and won’t return to the gym to full intensity for about a month. This biggest concern will be the swelling. After the procedure, the leg will look smaller, but it will still be quite swollen. The best results won’t be apparent until up to six months after the liposuction was initially performed, once the swelling has completely subsided. You will wear a compression garment during this phase that will help reduce the swelling and ensure the best looking results after you heal. The scars left behind from where the cannula was inserted will be pink and slightly noticeable for the first few weeks, but will quickly fade until they are almost completely invisible. Feel free to read more about liposuction recovery time in more detail.
Thigh Liposuction Cost
Liposuction on the thighs will cost anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on whether or not you want inner thighs, outer thighs, or both treated. The price will also depend a lot on the doctor’s personal skill and expertise. More experienced doctors will charge more. Also, the location of his office will play a big role. All cosmetic surgery prices will run higher in affluent areas such as Beverly Hills, CA. However, never make finding the lowest prices your main goal, rather finding the doctor whom makes you feel comfortable should be.