Leg liposuction is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to remove small amounts of fatty tissue from isolated areas of the leg. In this way, a surgeon can create a more proportionate body contour by directly treating problem areas that do not respond well to diet and exercise. In order to achieve the best possible results, it’s important for a patient to work with a highly skilled and experienced surgeon. At Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Greenwald has been performing liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures for more than 20 years.
When performing leg liposuction in Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald creates a series of small incisions in the treatment area. He then inserts a flexible, hollow tube (cannula), which he uses to manually break up the fat cells before suctioning them out of the body. Depending on the type of leg liposuction recommended for a patient, Dr. Greenwald may inject a tumescent solution into the area to be suctioned in order to facilitate the removal of fat.
While exercise is always the best way to tone and enhance the appearance of the leg muscles, the distribution and proportion of leg fat is largely genetically predetermined. As a result, some areas of the legs can be highly resistant to the effects of exercise in certain individuals, regardless of their overall level of fitness. In these instances, leg liposuction can be a good option for treating small pockets of fat that linger in the:
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs (“saddlebags”)
- Inner knees
- Calves and ankles (“cankles”)
When considering leg liposuction, a prospective patient must have realistic expectations. Lipo alone cannot turn a person into a supermodel or remove every last trace of fat from the legs. Instead of being a fast-track to weight loss, the goal of lipo is to create a more refined silhouette through the removal of a small amount of fat from a targeted area.
Finally, while leg liposuction can be very effective for certain individuals, it is important for a prospective patient to understand that he or she must maintain a stable, healthy body weight both before and after treatment. Even though lipo can permanently remove fat cells, a patient must remain committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to sustain the results. Otherwise, the body will simply deposit excess fat in other areas, creating a disproportionate appearance.
If you would like to learn more about leg liposuction, you can contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL.