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Thigh Liposculpture

Cellulaze When diet and exercise alone are just not enough to remove stubborn fat deposits from the inner or outer thigh, many men and women resort to thigh liposculpture, a less invasive and more precise form of liposuction. While liposculpture uses the same techniques as liposuction, it puts particular emphasis on artistically shaping the thigh to achieve a desired shape.

Liposculpture is also known as precision, selective, fine or micro liposuction. Contrary to most forms of liposuction, liposculpture removes smaller amounts of fat (often 1-3 ounces), so it is generally performed on those who are fit or retain a normal weight for their height.

Liposculpture alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to the new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposculpture and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.

Who would best represent an ideal candidate for Thigh Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is meant to sculpt and tone the legs and to remove stubborn areas of fat that are difficult to remove with diet and exercise. This procedure is not intended for weight loss, as the typical procedure only removes one to two pounds. People who are planning to embark on an extreme weight loss regimen should wait until after they have reached their goal weight to undergo the procedure.

The ideal candidate for thigh liposculpture should have the following characteristics:
  • Specific fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise
  • No previous surgery in the thigh area
  • Firm, elastic skin
  • A healthy weight for their height
  • Desire reshaping
  • Are phychologically stable
  • Are accepting of any limitations, as discussed with surgeon
  • Are well-informed about the procedure
  • Hold realistic expectations about the outcome
The ideal candidate for liposculpture does NOT:
  • Have significant medical problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, or poor circulation
  • Expect weight loss as a result of this procedure
  • Have frequently fluctuating weight
  • Smoke


What are the benefits of Thigh Liposculpture?

One of the biggest advantages of inner and outer thigh liposculpture is that the removal of fat is permanent. Thigh liposculpture can safely decrease thigh rubbing, shrink saddlebags, and reduce the overall circumference of the thighs and legs. Many patients express relief at not being bothered by chafing in the thigh area, and they also find that they are able to wear certain fashions that they could not wear prior to the procedure.

How is Thigh Liposculpture performed?

During the procedure, the doctor will make a small incision under the skin. A small, thin tube called a cannula is then inserted which will remove the fat between the skin and the thigh muscles. The doctor will remove fat in the quadriceps, the muscles in the front of the thigh, and the hamstrings, the muscles in the rear of the thigh. In addition, he or she will remove localized fat in the adductors, or the inner thigh muscles. The skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels will remain intact.

The overall procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours for each area that is treated. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office.

What are the risks associated with Thigh Liposculpture?

The risks, complications, and side effects associated with thigh liposculpture are minimal. Since the device used is a blunt one, the likelihood of leaving a puncture or any damage behind is minimal. Patients may experience some bruising and swelling, but it usually subsides within two to four weeks. The procedure permanently removes the fat; however, in order to maintain the look, you’ll need to follow a healthy diet and make sure that you work out on a regular basis. If you don’t, you may gain weight around your thighs again.

How much pain is associated with Thigh Liposculpture?

Minimal discomfort is experienced by the patient both before, during and after the procedure. A minimal amount of pain is experienced by most patients after the anesthesia wears off, so no strong pain medication is required.

What is the road to recovery like?

Some bruising and swelling will likely occur mostly around the inner thigh. The soreness is similar to what you might feel after a strenuous hike or lifting heavy weights. A compression garment (similar to biker shorts) will assist with bruising and recovery. Many patients return to work the next day and you can return to your regular exercise routine as soon as you feel ready. The more exercise, the better since walking and moving speeds your recovery. It's 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.

What are the results of Thigh Liposculpture?

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. Most people are pleased with the new contour of their thighs and often feel a boost in energy and self-confidence. Although liposculpture should not be a substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your thighs will always be slimmer than they would have been if you hadn't had this procedure. The fat cells are permanently removed by this procedure, but it is possible for weight gain in this area in the future if a healthy lifestyle is not followed.

How much does Thigh Liposculpture cost?

The costs of thigh liposculpture vary by a number of factors including geographic location, level of experience of the surgeon and the amount of additional services required. The general cost of liposculpture is roughly $3,000 per thigh. This does not include costs for hospital stays and anesthesia if they are required.

Ten questions patients undergoing Thigh Liposculpture should ask their surgeon

Prior to any thigh liposculpture procedure, a consultation will occur between the prospective patient and the providing surgeon. During this consultation the surgeon and patient will discuss issues such as the desired outcome, various options that are available to address said outcome, the procedure itself as well various risks and limitations. The surgeon will also provide information regarding anesthesia options, the location and description of where the liposculpture procedure will be performed (i.e., hospital vs. office surgical suite) and associated costs. A discussion regarding the patient's medical history, as well as a physical examination of the area to be treated will also take place during the consultation. In an effort to educate the patient regarding thigh liposculpture, as well to assist in formulating realistic expectations, it is recommended that the patient view numerous before and after photographs, speak with previous thigh liposculpture patients, as well as obtain responses to the following questions:
  1. Are the desired results I described realistic?
  2. Where is the thigh liposculpture surgery performed and how long will it take?
  3. How many thigh liposculpture procedures have you performed??
  4. How many visits will it take to achieve my desired look??
  5. How much does thigh liposculpture surgery cost and what elements factor into that cost (i.e., hospital fee, anesthesia, etc)?
  6. Will you perform the surgery alone or will others assist in the procedure??
  7. What percentage of thigh liposculpture patients experience complications with surgery?
  8. What is the surgeon's policy in regards to correcting or repeating the thigh liposculpture if it does not meet agreed upon goals?
  9. What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, scarring, activity level, etc?
  10. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
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Where do I start?

Begin by
finding a doctor in your area and booking a consultation. Be prepared to answer questions about your weight history such as how much your weight fluctuates, how active you are, what your eating habits are, your maximum weight, and how much weight you gained during any pregnancies. By gathering this information, your doctor can better help you maintain the results of your procedure.

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