Fatty deposits on the inner and outer thighs are especially resistant to diet
and exercise. Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds
without seeing a significant change in the lower body. The overall proportions
of the body may be unbalanced. In these cases, liposuction can successfully trim
the excess fat in the thighs to achieve a more attractive balance and symmetry
to the body. In fact, this is the most common area of the body for liposuction.
you're considering thigh liposuction, the following information
will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For
more detailed information about how this procedure may help you,
we recommend that you consult a plastic surgeon who is board
certified or has completed a residency program that includes
instruction in this procedure
A newly trim lower body can provide a psychological lift and an extra incentive
to exercise regularly to maintain fitness. Many patients express relief at
not being bothered by chafing in the thigh area, and they also find that clothes
tend to fit them better.
is thigh liposculpture performed?
surgery, the surgeon will mark the precise areas of the body
where the fat is to be removed. An intravenous (IV) line will
be inserted in a vein in your arm to make sure the fluid level
in your body remains in balance. If you are not undergoing general
anesthesia, you may be given a sedative for relaxation.
the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin,
typically in or near the buttock crease or at the site of a previous
scar, and inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty
area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt
the area to the desired proportions. The unwanted fat is removed
with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves,
and blood vessels intact.
the super-wet technique, a saline solution containing a local
anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be treated,
which makes the fat deposits easier to break up and extract.
This extra fluid also minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue,
reducing swelling and post-operative pain. The administration
of adrenaline also decreases bleeding during surgery, further
tumescent technique involves injecting a solution with a local
anesthetic into the areas to be treated prior to suctioning.
An incision is made near the area from which the fat is to be
removed; and a specially designed surgical tube, called a cannula,
is placed through the incision into the fat. The cannula is attached
by flexible tubing to a vacuum pump that removes the fat by suction
as the cannula is manipulated beneath the skin. Compared to other
conventional liposuction techniques, the tumescent technique
is more precise and accurate. This procedure minimizes blood
loss, removes more fat and has a faster recovery time.
relatively new method, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL),
uses sound waves to liquefy the fat after the injection of fluids.
Like the super-wet and tumescent techniques, UAL minimizes trauma,
bruising and blood loss. UAL also minimizes trauma, causing less
bruising and blood loss. It is particularly useful on difficult-to-treat
fibrous areas of the body, such as the male chest, the upper
abdomen, and the upper back.
surgeon will choose the best technique for you. His/her choice
will be determined by a combination of factors, including the
precise area to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed,
his/her training and experience, as well as your personal preferences.
long does thigh liposculpture take?
procedure generally takes one to two hours per thigh to complete.
type of anesthesia is used?
Thigh liposculpture is usually performed using local anesthesia along with
a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed. General anesthesia may
also be used, causing you to be asleep during the whole procedure.
is the procedure performed?
liposculpture is usually performed on an outpatient basis, in
the surgeon's office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgery
center or hospital.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
is no hospital stay required and normal activities may be resumed
within several days.
do I prepare for thigh liposculpture?
your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your thighs is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make
arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from
your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during
your recovery period.
to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete
health history and physical examination to evaluate your overall
weight, your skin and muscle tone and the overall distribution
of fat deposits. In particular your surgeon will ask you about
any problems you have had with high blood pressure, blood clotting
or a tendency to develop large scars.
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should
be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific
instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will
be given to you after the health history and physical is complete.
Depending on your individual health status, the instructions
may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking
and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will
be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's
precautions are necessary during recovery?
of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks.
To speed the healing process and to reduce the likelihood of
post-operative complications, your surgeon will probably tell
you to begin light activity as soon as possible.
important to continue wearing the compression garment, which
should be easily hidden under your clothing, until your doctor
tells you that it is no longer necessary.
are the possible complications after thigh liposculpture?
surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness,
scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area.
Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems.
liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal
procedure is without risks; however, the majority of complications
known to be associated with a breast lift are minor when the
procedure is performed by an experienced board certified plastic
surgeon. It is always important to be informed about the possible
complications before any surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns
you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after thigh liposculpture?
the first couple of days, your legs will be stiff and sore. In
addition, you may experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding
or temporary numbness. Your surgeon will prescribe medication
to alleviate any discomfort.
surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week
to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted
with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your
buttocks in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted.
the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity
of the skin, older patients may not experience results as dramatic
as those typically achieved in younger patients. You should see
the visible results of your surgery within two or three weeks,
but the full effects may not be evident for six months to a year.
The more fat that you had removed, the longer it will take to
achieve optimal results, because the skin has to adapt to a more
radical change in shape.
people are pleased with the new contour of their thighs and often
feel a boost in energy and self-confidence.