Thigh Liposuction Overview

What Is Thigh Liposuction?

One of the most popular sites for liposuction is the thigh. Although liposuction can be performed on almost any part of the body where there are pockets of stubborn fat, many people want it done on their inner and outer thighs. Thigh liposuction can remove or reduce areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise, and give you the silhouette you want.

There are several different liposuction techniques and any of them can be used in thigh liposuction. These include tumescent, super-wet, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction (MicroAire), and laser liposuction. Liposuction is a thriving area of cosmetic medicine, and new techniques that improve its safety and results are continually being developed. For more information about liposuction, go to Liposuction.

Please note that liposuction is recommended only for people who are already within 20% of their ideal weight. It is not intended to be a weight loss surgery. It is a procedure that can remove the stubborn pockets of fat that remain on your thighs after you have lost weight through dieting and exercise.

However, thigh liposuction can improve how you look and can give you a lovelier silhouette. Appearance is not everything in life, but looking good can help you feel good about yourself.

Thigh liposuction may be performed in your surgeons office, in a surgical clinic, or in a hospital.

Are You a Candidate for Thigh Liposuction?

You are a good candidate for thigh liposuction if you have pockets of fat in the inner or outer thighs that are resistant to diet and exercise. You should have tried several dieting and exercising programs for a while before considering a thigh liposuction procedure.

For any type of liposuction procedure, you should be in good overall health and free of any active diseases or other pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, which could make you unable to endure the surgery and recovery period. You should also have skin that is sufficiently elastic to adjust after the procedure.

Although there are many benefits to thigh liposuction, the procedure is not right for everyone. The contraindications for thigh liposuction are the same as for liposuction anywhere else on the body. You can read more in our Liposuction Overview

Healing after a thigh liposuction can be difficult and slow. It requires a great deal of patience and mental stability. Some people go through a period of depression after the surgery, so its important for you to be mentally and emotionally healthy beforehand.

You should also have realistic expectations of how you will look before committing to thigh liposuction. You must discuss how you want to look with your surgeon. Your and your surgeon can examine thigh liposuction before-and-after photos to be sure they are in agreement regarding the desired appearance after the surgery. You can also watch a video of thigh liposuction to ensure you fully understand the procedure.

Medical insurance will very rarely cover the costs associated with liposuction. You will be responsible for the cost of thigh liposuction and any associated fees. However, financing can be arranged.

Thigh Liposuction Techniques

Basically, in all types of liposuction, a surgeon inserts a narrow tube called a cannula through a small incision in the skin. He or she works the tip of the cannula back and forth through the pocket of fat to be removed, breaking the fat up. As the fat is broken up, a strong vacuum device sucks it out of the body through the cannula. The most common liposuction techniques used now are wet, superwet, tumescent, ultrasonic-assisted, power-assisted and laser-assisted.

How Thigh Liposuction is Performed

If you are considering thigh liposuction, you should have a firm understanding of how it is done. To remove fat and sculpt the thighs, the surgeon will make small incisions either at the crease of your hip or in creases behind your knee, or in both places. He or she will insert the cannula from these spots. Areas of fat on the outside of the thigh and inside of the thigh can be treated in this way.

The length of time required to complete the surgery depends on the technique used and the amount of fat to be removed, but it can vary from as little as 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Other cosmetic procedures may be performed in conjunction with thigh liposuction surgery, but that will increase the duration of the surgery.

There are several phases involved in the process of thigh liposuction:

Preparation: During the prep phase for liposuction, your surgeon will mark your legs with a marker to indicate the areas to be treated and where the incisions will go. Usually, these markings are made while you are standing. You will also be scrubbed with an antimicrobial agent to minimize the possibility of infection. You will be hooked up to monitors to keep track of your vital signs and an intravenous (IV) line will be started.

Anesthesia: The choice of anesthesia should be discussed between you and your surgeon before the day of your surgery. Most surgeons choose local anesthesia during a thigh liposuction because the treatment area is limited, but some surgeons may prefer to use general anesthesia, where you sleep through the procedure.

Surgery: After you are anesthetized, your surgeon will start the procedure. He or she will carefully follow the pre-marked lines to reshape the areas on the thighs that are being treated.

Recovery: During the recovery phase, you are awakened and moved to a recovery room where nurses monitor your vital signs for about 2 hours. You may feel nauseated or cold during this time, and some people can be emotionally upset as they come out of anesthesia. You can ask for pain relievers, anti-nausea medications, or warm blankets.

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