Liposculpture can give you the smaller, shapelier thighs you want. Thigh liposculpture permanently removes inner and outer thigh fat and helps stimulate skin tightening, giving the appearance of younger and tighter legs. The procedure takes les than two hours and recovery is quick — patients are able to continue with light to moderate activities the same day.
More About Thigh Liposculpture
The inner and outer thighs are a problem area for many women — and often the bulges and sagging skin seem to grow worse with age. Many women are not only bothered by the appearance of their thighs in clothing, but are also bothered by the rubbing of the inner thighs as they walk or exercise. Outer thigh “saddle bags” can make it difficult to find clothing that fits properly and can make an otherwise thin woman appear much heavier than she otherwise would. Thigh liposculpture can safely smooth saddlebags, eliminate thigh rubbing, and decrease the overall circumference of the thighs.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise will not reverse or correct lumpiness or fatty bulges in the thighs. The ways thighs look is largely determined by genetics — even relatively thin or young women can suffer from flabby, bulging thighs and saddlebags. Thigh liposuction safely and permanently removes thigh fat and helps correct for skin laxity, resulting in a tighter, smaller and younger looking thighs.
What are the benefits of thigh liposuction?
Thigh liposculpture slims the overall thighs, reduces bulges, and stimulates skin tightening. In particular, most patients see a tightening of inner thigh tissue and a reduction in overall “jiggliness” of the entire thigh. After the procedure, the thighs are smaller, clothing fits better, and the thighs are in proportion to the overall body contour. Because well over 1 gallon of fat (over 10 pounds!) can be removed, the results of thigh liposculpture can be very dramatic. The results are permanent and unlike a thigh lift, thigh liposculpture leaves no unsightly scars and does not require any stitches.
What results can I expect from thigh liposuction?
Our team strives to give patients a natural, yet dramatic result. The procedure can remove significant amount of fat and help correct thigh bulges and skin laxity. Your result depends on the amount of fat you have and your skin tone. A good result is apparent in 1-3 months and results improve over the next 6 months as new collagen forms and the skin retracts. Patients are able to wear shorts and skirts with improved confidence in about 4-6 weeks.
Am I a good candidate for thigh liposuction?
Thigh liposuction is a very safe procedure and is performed on women of all ages. Most women who have fat accumulation in the inner or outer thigh region or are unhappy with the overall size of their thighs will greatly benefit from thigh liposuction. The refined micro-liposculpture technique stimulates collagen formation and most women, even those who consider their inner thigh skin very crêpey, are usually pleased with their skin retraction.
If you are over age 60, have had gastric bypass surgery or have lost more than 100 pounds, you may benefit from a combination of thigh liposuction and skin resection surgery to help remove redundant skin. Men are rarely good candidates for thigh liposculpture since men do not typically build fat deposits on their thighs. If you can pinch less than a quarter inch of fat on your thighs, you are not a good candidate for liposculpture.
Can thigh liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Inner and Outer Thigh liposuction is often performed in combination with liposuction of other areas, including the abdomen and love handles. Most full thigh patients cannot treat other areas at the same time. We can remove well over 1 gallon of fat during one procedure, which for most women means that additional areas can be treated at the same time as the thighs. The number of areas that you can have treated at one time depends on your height and weight and your distribution of fat deposits.
Do I need to do both the inner and outer thighs or can I treat only one area?
You can choose to only do the inner or outer thigh area, but most patients do both areas at one time. Most women who are unhappy with their thighs have fat accumulation on the inside and outside, but the choice to treat the areas is up to you. Some women who are beginning an exercise routine for the first time in years choose to have their inner thighs treated so that they are able to exercise without thigh rubbing.
What are the different areas of the thigh that can be treated?
Almost any area on the thigh can be treated. The most common areas are the inner and outer thighs. The inner thigh is the area at the top and inside of the upper legs. The outer thighs are commonly called the saddlebags and are located on the outside of the thighs under the hip joint. Treating the inner or outer thighs will change the shape of the thigh by eliminating lumps and bumps, but it will not significantly decrease the overall size or circumfrence of the thigh. For patients with very large trunk shaped legs, also called thunder thighs, who desire a smaller, nicely shaped thigh and want to decrease the circumference of the thigh, treating the ‘Full Thigh’ is the best option. The ‘Full Thigh’ option includes the inner and outer thighs as well as the top of the thigh (the quadrecep area) and the knees. You cannot treat the top of the thigh separately; it must be done as part of the Full Thigh package. The entire thigh, except for a 4″ strip from the back of the knee to the buttocks crease (over the hamstring) is treated in the Full Thigh. The Full Thigh will not reduce the degree of wrinkling you have over your knees and it is not a treatment for cellulite.
Should I have my knees treated as well?
If you have fat over the knee cap or you have a knee bulge that rubs when you walk or gives you a ‘knocked-knee’ appearance, you may prefer to have your knees treated with liposculpture. If your inner thighs are larger than you like and there is not a well defined bulge at the top (your legs are straight from the knee to the top of the inner thigh), you may need to treat the knees with the inner thighs for the best cosmetic result. If your inner thigh is a well defined bulge, treating your knees is optional.
What is the banana roll?
The banana roll is the chunk of fat under the buttocks crease present in some women. The presence of the banana roll causes the hamstring to meet the buttocks crease in a straigher, rather than the preferred angeled, fashion, which can lead pants or jeans to crease several inches below the buttocks crease. The banana roll is a very difficult area to treat because the removal of too much fat from the area can cause the buttocks cheeks to permanently droop. Our office only treats banana roll fat in severe circumstances where patients will be satisfied with only a slight improvement.
Will liposculpture improve my cellulite?
Maybe. Although liposculpture is not a treatment for cellulite, some patients do see an improvement that ranges from slight to dramatic. Some patients, however, see absolutely no improvement in cellulite and there is no way to predict whether or not you will see any positive change in your cellulite. The good news is that liposculpture will not make your cellulite worse and it may (or may not) make it any better.
How does thigh liposuction compare to a thigh lift?
For most patients, a thigh lift is unnecessary. Although a thigh lift can offer dramatic results, the procedure is invasive has a greater risk of serious complications, prolonged downtime with slower and more painful recovery, and always results in significant and permanent scaring. For most women, liposuction gives in a similar or even better cosmetic outcome with smoother and more precise results.
A surgical thigh lift is an invasive procedure that involves large crescent shaped incisions on the inner thigh to remove skin and fat tissue. Other incisions are also sometimes made on the back side of the leg, under the buttock crease. The surgery is performed under heavy anesthesia, often times requiring overnight observation. Due to the extensive tissue trauma, patients must plan for 3-4 weeks off work and will have lifetime scars of 5-7″ in length on the inner thigh and in the buttock crease which thicken for up to 1 year after surgery. For individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lost more than 100 pounds, a thigh lift may be required for reduction of redundant skin. A consultation with Dr. Milstein can help you determine if you should consider liposculpture or a thigh lift.