Thigh Liposculpture (Liposuction)
Liposuction is a technique for reshaping the body by permanently removing localized fat deposits. This procedure is popular with both men and women, and is the most commonly performed of all plastic surgeries in the United States.
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 help to 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.
If 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 training in this procedure.
*The general cost of Liposculpture surgery is $3,000 per thigh.
During the procedure, a small incision is made under the skin and a small thin tube called a cannula is inserted. The canula will remove the fat between the skin and the thigh muscles.
Thigh Liposculpture is a procedure with permanent results.
- What are some of the most common benefits of this procedure?
- How is thigh liposuction performed?
- How long does the procedure take?
- Will I need to stay in a hospital?
- How much pain is there?
- What can I expect afterward?
- What is the recovery period like?
- What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
- How long do the results last?
- Ideal candidate:
- Other important information:
- Risks and limitations:
What are some of the most common benefits of this procedure?
A more proportionate lower body contour can be achieved with this procedure, as well as a psychological lift. In addition, patients have found this to be an added incentive to maintain a regular exercise routine. 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 liposuction performed?
Before 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.
During 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.
In 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 reducing risks.
The tumescent technique, in which even larger amounts of liquid solution are injected, has similar benefits.
A 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.
An earlier method of liposuction, called dry liposuction because no liquefying agent was used, required general anesthesia. This technique is not in frequent use today.
Your 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, and your preferences.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, the procedure takes one t two hours per area treated. Additional time will be necessary if you are undergoing multiple procedures.
Will I need to stay in a hospital?
If you have no medical problems, and the amount of fat being removed is fairly small, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in your doctor's office or in an outpatient clinic. It may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The longer the procedure is expected to take, the more likely that general anesthesia will be recommended. You may be allowed to return home within a few hours of the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home. If you're having a large amount of fat removed, concurrent procedures, or a lengthier procedure performed under general anesthesia, it may be necessary to spend the night in the hospital so your recovery process can be monitored by a medical staff.
How much pain is there?
If the procedure is done with a local anesthetic supplemented by a light sedative, the pain experienced is minimal, although you may feel pressure, movement, or a vibrating sensation. More sedation will further reduce sensations, and general anesthesia will eliminate all sensation.
What can I expect afterward?
For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workou. Your legs will be stiff and store, and you may experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, or temporary numbness. Your doctor can prescribe medication to relieve this initial discomfort.
Sometimes a small drainage tube is inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid. Your doctor 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 tight compression garment to be worn for up to six weeks after your surgery. This specially designed garment will help reduce pain and swelling, and help your body settle into its new shape.
What is the recovery period like?
Most 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. You should be able to return to work within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary. You should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks as your body heals, but within 6 weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities.
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 is the long-term outcome like for most people?
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 liposuction cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your thighs will always be slimmer than they would be if you hadn't had this procedure.
How long do the results last?
The fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction, so you will not regain weight in that area. It is important to note, however, that thigh liposuction does not guarantee that you won't gain weight or accumulate fat deposits in other areas of your body.
In general, the best candidates for thigh liposuction:
- Have specific fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Have had no previous surgery in the area where liposuction is desired
- Have firm, elastic skin
- Do not have frequent fluctuations in weight
- Desire reshaping and not weight loss
- Do not have significant medical problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, or poor circulation
- Are psychologically stable
- Do not smoke
- Are accepting of any limitations, as discussed with surgeon.
- Are well informed about the procedure
- Hold realistic expectations about the outcome
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you.
Other important information:
Since the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve quite the same results as younger patients.
Thigh liposuction is often performed in conjunction with buttock liposuction.
Thigh liposuction risks and limitations:
Although liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States, and the majority of these operations are successful, there are risks and limitations to the procedure, as with any surgery.
After 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.
UAL liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal organs.
More serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up in the lungs, and drug overdose. A combination of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of serious complications:
- The removal of large amounts of fat
- More than one procedure being performed at the same time
- The use of general anesthesia
In order to minimize these risks, it is important that you follow all of your surgeon's instructions, both before and after surgery.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Cost Source: http://liposculptureonline.com/tag/thigh-liposculpture-procedure/. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon.