Thigh liposuction can be a good solution for treating small pockets of fat that have settled around the inner or outer thighs. Sometimes, the body is genetically predisposed to storing fat in these areas, particularly in women. The hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy and menopause can also intensify the problem, creating a “pear shape” that makes the body seem bottom heavy. If you are interested in addressing this issue with thigh liposuction, it’s important to talk with an experienced surgeon like Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Greenwald has been performing lipo and other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for more than 20 years, and he can help you determine if thigh liposuction is right for you.
Prior to recommending thigh liposuction, Dr. Greenwald typically advises his patients in Tampa, Florida, to try some targeted exercises. The reason is that exercise is still the best way to tone the leg muscles and enhance the overall appearance of the body. Nevertheless, the fatty deposits that form on the inner and outer thighs can be highly resistant to even the most effective workout plan. As a result, the inner thighs can begin to rub together, creating discomfort, irritation, and rashes. Fatty deposits on the outer thighs (sometimes called “saddlebags”) can make it difficult to wear jeans and other formfitting clothing – even for an individual who is otherwise very fit. In these situations, leg liposuction may be appropriate if a patient has realistic expectations about surgery.
When performing thigh liposuction, Dr. Greenwald will usually:
- Create several small incisions in the treatment area
- Insert a flexible tube called a cannula, which he will use to manually loosen and break up the fat cells
- Use the cannula to suction the fat cells out of the body
Dr. Greenwald may also use a tumescent solution, which can be injected into a treatment area to further ease the removal of fat cells. Regardless of the treatment technique or tool used, however, it is the surgeon’s expertise that is most important. By working with a highly skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Greenwald, a patient can help ensure that he or she will achieve the best possible results from liposuction.
If you would like to discuss thigh liposuction with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to schedule a personal consultation at our office in Tampa, FL.