Thigh Liposuction

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Thigh Liposuction

Thigh liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that uses medical-grade suction to remove excess fat from the thigh area of the leg. Typically involving tumescent fluid, this surgery can shape and contour a patient’s thighs with minimal discomfort. Surgeons use devices attached to long, hollow tubes (cannulas) to safely rid the inner and outer thigh area of stubborn fatty tissue. Thigh liposuction can help patients achieve their dream upper leg contour without the need for long, visible scars.

At The Clinic For Plastic Surgery, we take pride in offering the patients of Houston and the surrounding areas with quality cosmetic and aesthetic health care. Dr. Sam Sukkar and Dr. Edgar Bedolla are board-certified plastic surgeons who treat every patient with the care and compassion they need. They are experienced in all aspects of plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body.

To schedule a thigh liposuction consultation at our Houston practice at (281) 940-1535, or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you.

What is Thigh Liposuction?

Adipose tissue, or body fat, is one of the main components of the body that supplies us with energy. (1) We need a certain percentage to live a healthy life with proper body functioning. However, when patients have excess body fat in areas like the thighs, arms, and abdomen, it can be difficult to shrink these deposits with diet and exercise alone.

Liposuction is a safe and effective surgical procedure that permanently removes stubborn fatty tissue. The act of contouring the body with liposuction is sometimes referred to as liposculpture, due to its ability to sculpt and refine certain hard-to-reach areas. (2) Specifically in women patients, the thighs are often an area of concern when it comes to storing excess fat cells in the body. To remedy this, Dr. Sukkar can use strategic liposuction to reduce this tissue and create a smoother, more proportionate thigh shape.

Types of Liposuction

Most modern liposuction procedures utilize tumescent fluid to infiltrate the treatment area and provide comprehensive numbing. It is a mixture of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine that makes destroying and removing fat with liposuction much easier. Dr. Sukkar and Dr. Bedolla use VASER liposuction technology at The Clinic For Plastic Surgery. The name VASER is an acronym for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance, meaning the technology implements ultrasonic sound waves to break up and liquify fat cells. This sophisticated liposuction system uses an ultrasonic probe that is small enough to target very specific fat deposits. It is considered one of the safest and most accurate forms of liposuction as it offers precise removal with minimal internal damage. (3)

For patients who wish to accentuate their thigh muscles, Dr. Sukkar and Dr. Bedolla use VASER Hi-Def liposuction or SmartLipo technology to achieve more sculpted and defined results. Instead of ultrasound, SmartLipo uses an extremely high-powered laser cannula to destroy adipose tissue with electromagnetic wavelengths. Your surgeon analyzes which type of liposuction will provide you with optimal benefits during your private consultation.

Benefits of Thigh Liposuction

There are many benefits to liposuction of the thighs. This procedure provides patients with:

  • Slimmer and sculpted thigh contouring
  • Improved thigh shape and proportions
  • Smoother transitions from the lower hips to the legs
  • Reduced chafing and/or inner thigh irritation
  • Enhanced body confidence and self-esteem
  • Long-lasting and natural-looking results

Ideal Candidates

Potential patients may have excess fat along the inner and/or outer thighs that they wish to reduce. They could have “hip-dips” wherein an indent is present where the leg meets the top of the thigh. This disrupts their waist-to-hip-to-leg ratio, something thigh liposuction can certainly improve. Ideal candidates should be in good overall health to qualify for thigh liposuction. They should be at or near their goal weight before this procedure to avoid hindering their results with weight fluctuation. If a patient smokes, they should be willing to quit for 6 to 8 weeks before and after their thigh liposuction surgery. Last but not least, candidates should have realistic expectations and a positive attitude about the potential results.

Personal Consultation

During your private consultation with Dr. Sukkar or Dr. Bedolla, your surgeon will inquire about your medical history and perform a physical examination of the treatment area. This will help him to determine the best course of action. Next, he will explain the procedure and describe the process in detail to properly prepare you for your thigh liposuction. Your consultation will provide plenty of time to ask questions and voice your concerns. Your surgeon will listen intently to your cosmetic desires to provide optimal care and help you achieve your goals. At the end of this meeting, a member of The Clinic For Plastic Surgery staff will schedule your liposuction procedure.

Preparation

Before thigh liposuction, you should achieve and maintain a stable weight for at least 6 months. You should avoid anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen as they thin the blood and increase your risk of bruising. For the same reasons, Dr. Sukkar and Dr. Bedolla recommend avoiding herbal supplements like ginkgo, ginger, and vitamin E. You should also stop smoking nicotine and tobacco products and continue to refrain throughout your recovery. These substances greatly impact blood flow and your risk of complications after surgery.

We also suggest arranging your home for a comfortable recovery by preparing easy-to-make meals and creating a cozy space to spend your downtime. You should schedule the necessary time off of work and ask a trusted friend to drive you to and from our surgery center on your appointment day. If you have any questions about surgery preparation, we encourage you to read more about our procedure process.

Thigh Liposuction Procedure

Thigh Liposuction Procedure

This procedure starts with the administration of local anesthetic to the thighs. After marking them with a surgical pen, your surgeon and his team will numb the thigh area and infiltrate the tissue with tumescent fluid. This step provides more anesthetic to improve your comfort. Next, he strategically places small incisions near the excess fat and inserts the VASER ultrasonic probe in targeted areas.

When the fat is properly emulsified, he removes the probe and replaces it with the liposuction cannula. Your surgeon will carefully use suction to remove the damaged fatty tissue while avoiding major internal structures. He continues this step until he reaches the desired thigh contour, then removes the cannula and assesses the symmetry. He cleans and bandages the incision sites and places compression garments around the thighs. Thigh liposuction typically takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Recovery & Results

Recovery times vary between all thigh liposuction patients. If Dr. Sukkar or Dr. Bedolla removes a minimal amount of fat, then you may only require 7 to 10 days of prolonged rest. If your removal is more involved or lengthy, your recovery time increases. Please wear your compression garments according to Dr. Sukkar’s or Dr. Bedolla’s directions, and keep your incision sites clean and dry. Any discomfort is controllable with prescribed or over-the-counter medications. After 2 to 3 weeks, your swelling dissipates and any bruising greatly reduces. Take short and gentle walks frequently to regulate your blood flow and decrease your recovery time.

After thigh liposuction, your thigh shape is smoother and their contour improves with time. Your muscles are more defined and the thighs appear more proportionate and youthful. These results improve over the next 6 to 12 months, and they are typically long-lasting. To preserve them, you should maintain a healthy and nutritious diet and a consistent exercise routine.

Body Contouring with Liposuction

Abdominal and Arm Liposuction

Liposuction is a highly versatile and useful procedure that removes stubborn fat from many different areas of the body. To accompany slimmer thighs, abdominal and arm liposuction helps patients achieve their dream body contour without the need for long incisions. Using the same process, your surgeon slims the abdomen to improve your overall body contour. By reducing fat along your midsection and sides, he achieves a more proportionate and youthful-looking physique that compliments more contoured thighs. Removing stubborn fat from the upper arms can greatly improve your overall results and increase your body confidence.

If you struggle with excess fatty tissue, liposuction is a very effective procedure that reduces bulk from many different areas of the body with little necessary recovery time. Read more about what this procedure achieves in our blog.

Cost of Thigh Liposuction in Houston

Dr. Sukkar and Dr. Bedolla create specific and personalized treatment plans for each patient, resulting in varied total costs. Your surgeon estimates and explains yours during the initial consultation. Schedule an appointment today by calling our Houston office at (281) 940-1535. We also offer online request forms and virtual consultations for your convenience.

FAQ

How long do the results of thigh liposuction last?

Liposuction permanently removes fatty tissue from the body. However, patients should maintain a stable weight after their procedure to ensure their final thigh contour is long-lasting.

Can thigh liposuction help me achieve a “thigh gap?”

Yes. This procedure may help you achieve a thigh gap. Since everyone’s anatomy is different, this result is not guaranteed.

Does thigh liposuction leave visible scarring?

Because of the nature of the procedure, liposuction creates very small and concealable scarring that fades over time. Your surgeon places the incisions in easily hidden locations to reduce visible scars, and it does not require long incisions that leave highly noticeable scars, as with a thigh lift.

Can thigh liposuction improve the contour of my buttocks area?

No. Although liposuction can reduce the excess fat underneath and surrounding the buttocks, it does not add volume to or sculpt the buttocks specifically. However, it may help to define the thighs directly adjacent to the buttocks, retroactively improving the appearance of the buttocks area.

References

  1. Richard AJ, White U, Elks CM, Stephens JM. Adipose Tissue: Physiology to Metabolic Dysfunction. PubMed. Published April 4, 2020. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK555602/
  2. Bellini E, Grieco MP, Raposio E. A journey through liposuction and liposculpture: Review. Annals of Medicine and Surgery. 2017;24:53-60. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amsu.2017.10.024
  3. Ruff PG, Garcia O, Nykiel M, Galanis CJ. Consensus-based Recommendations for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction. Plastic and Reconstructive surgery Global Open. 2023;11(7):e5110-e5110. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/gox.0000000000005110