The thighs and legs can be a tricky area of weight loss for women. Even patients who spend endless hours at the gym can struggle with stubborn leg fat. There are various many leg sculpt sculpting surgeries to help you say goodbye to unwanted leg jiggle!

As almost any woman will tell you, finding a way to make our legs appear slimmer and more shapely is a constant challenge. Exercise and diet usually just doesn’t cut it either. Leg fat is stubborn! The important thing to remember is, as awful as we may feel while staring at that dressing room mirror, we are not alone – and the problem isn’t necessarily our fault. Blame your parents, gals! For many of us, our hefty thighs, fatty knees and ‘cankles’ are actually hereditary.(Sucks, but it’s true). In other words, no matter what we do, IT’S OUR MOM’S FAULT, (or  maybe dad’s, but either way, you get to point a finger here). In the case of slim or slender calves, this might be a result of congenital leg discrepancies.

Of course, we’re not entirely blameless. Our poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, and the stresses of life are absolutely playing a crucial part. The good news is that we actually have a wide variety of options at our disposal when diet and exercise just won’t do the trick.

 

Procedure Options

1.) Liposuction
Liposuction is a very popular option for contouring the legs. For the contouring of the legs, liposuction can be very successful if performed carefully. Fat is the ‘liquid gold’ that enables  plastic surgeons to fill in hollows, add volume, contour and reshape. It takes on the properties of the area it is injected into, which in this case are the muscles in the calf area. “The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours and can be performed under local anesthesia. You see the
results in 6-12 weeks. For problem areas, touch ups must be needed after a 6-month wait-and-see period,”
Not only can the thighs be shaped, but also the buttocks and calves in order to create a shapely, proportionate body contour. There are a variety of liposuction techniques, including power-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, and tumescent liposuction. A consultation can help to determine which technique is best for achieving your cosmetic goals.

Liposuction is actually a very effective method for improving the shape of the entire leg. A skilled, experienced cosmetic surgeon can sculpt small areas such as the knees, calves, and ankles (goodbye cankles!) in precise detail, as well as remove excess fat from the inner or outer thighs, to achieve longer, leaner leg proportions with virtually invisible scarring. In terms of lasting results (and bronzer-free clothes), liposuction is leaps and bounds ahead of makeup.

2.) Thigh Lift
Another option for shaping the thigh area is a thigh lift. A thigh lift can help to correct sagging skin and fat on the thighs. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight can often benefit from this procedure, though patients who are simply unhappy with lax thigh skin often undergo this surgery as well. There are multiple thigh lift techniques, including a limited medial thigh lift, which addresses the skin on the upper inner thigh, the medial thigh lift, which addresses the skin on the entire inner thigh, and a lateral thigh lift, which address the skin on
the lateral thighs and buttocks.

Thigh lift accomplishes two goals at once: reduces the amount of unwanted fat and trims excess, loose skin. This is a great option for someone that has lost a lot of weight (perhaps from bariatric surgery), has significant sagging skin and tissues and needs more sculpting than liposuction alone can provide.

3.) CoolSculpting®
CoolSculpting® is a great option for those with fat deposits on their inner and outer thighs. This FDA-approved fat freezing procedure freezes fat without harming surrounding tissues. Using a special applicator, fat is frozen and killed for long-lasting results. There is little to no downtime associated with this procedure, so patients can return to their everyday routines as soon as they feel comfortable. Smart Lipo is performed under local anesthesia with minimal downtime. The added benefit of using Smart Lipo Laser Liposuction, rather than traditional liposuction, to treat excess fat bulges of the legs, is its ability to further tighten the skin and improve cellulite. In untrained hands, liposuction may actually worsen cellulite. If you are avoiding wearing bathing suits or other clothing that you like due to the appearance of your legs, these treatment options may be able to help

 

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