NYC Thigh Liposuction
Many people, regardless of how much they exercise, retain excess fat in their lower body, especially in the legs and upper thighs. Often, the extra fat can be uncomfortable, causing chafing and rubbing. Dr. Smith performs thigh liposuction in NYC to reshape the legs, leaving patients with slimmer, more defined legs proportionate with the rest of the body. Lipo isn't a substitute for diet and exercise; instead, it's a way to remove stubborn fat deposits that won't budge, even with proper nutrition. Dr. Smith can add treatments to tighten and rejuvenate the surrounding skin like BodyTite and Morpheus8 when necessary for optimal results.
Thigh Liposuction Overview
Thigh liposuction visibly improves the silhouette while eliminating pesky fat between the inner thighs. Generally, thigh liposuction is broken down into three different treatment areas. Some patients may require treatment of one, two, or all three areas. During your initial consultation with Dr. Smith, he'll recommend which treatment will give you optimal results. The ultimate goal of thigh liposuction is to reshape the body by ridding it of unwanted fat, leaving you with slender, firm, natural-looking results.
The Three Treatment Areas For The Thighs:
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
- Anterior (frontal) thighs
Inner Thigh Liposuction:
Are you after the coveted "thigh gap?" Inner thigh liposuction is one of the most frequent procedures Dr. Smith performs in our NYC clinic. By removing fat deposits in the inner thigh, the legs will have less contact with each other. Dr. Smith often treats down to the inner knee. He does this to ensure consistency and to provide the most natural-looking results possible.
Outer Thigh Liposuction:
Sometimes referred to as "saddlebags," the outer thighs often accumulate extra fat. Dr. Smith removes the additional fat to give your legs a longer, slimmer appearance. He meticulously shapes and contours your thighs to complement the rest of your body.
Anterior (Frontal) Thigh Liposuction:
While this procedure is less common, patients come to Dr. Smith when they're experiencing a protrusion on the front of their legs. Usually, this causes the body to look disproportionate or bottom heavy. It's not uncommon for Dr. Smith to perform lipo on other areas of the thighs during anterior thigh lipo - this is to maintain the entire leg's balance and shape.
How Is This Procedure Performed?
All liposuction procedures generally involve the same steps. Smaller liposuction procedures can be completed in under an hour, and larger cases can take up to a few hours. There is generally no need to stay overnight after a liposuction procedure with Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith performs thigh liposuction by making a series of tiny incisions in the legs, usually just a few millimeters in length. He marks specific areas of the thighs where he will then use the cannula to gently break up and remove excess, undesired fat from the body. Depending on the type of procedure you're getting, incisions may be on the inner thighs, the outer thighs, or the tops of thighs near the knees. Once Dr. Smith has successfully removed the additional fat from the legs, he will carefully close the incisions with one or two stitches.
After your surgery, there will be several instructions you will need to follow for the duration of your recuperation. Dr. Smith will go over precisely what you need to do; however, most thigh liposuction patients can expect to wear compression garments for just 48 hours after surgery.
He may also prescribe additional antibiotics or provide you with instructions specific to your treatment. Thigh liposuction patients are not permitted to drive after surgery, so please plan to have someone pick you up.
What's The Recovery Period Like?
Recovery periods from thigh liposuction will likely vary depending on what type of procedure you had with Dr. Smith. Since lipo does involve significant swelling after the procedure, the resolution of this swelling accounts for a significant part of the healing process. In the week following surgery, most patients experience moderate swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. It's important to be up walking around as soon as possible. Usually, thigh liposuction patients can comfortably return to work after approximately 48 hours. The majority of bruising recedes after 10-14 days and a significant amount of the swelling resolves after the first month. . Your final results will be visible by three to six months after your thigh liposuction procedure.
Please keep in mind healing times will vary from person to person. Dr. Smith will go over post-op procedures with you before and after the procedure.
How long is recovery from thigh liposuction?
While almost all of our patients feel able to return to work by approximately 48 hours after thigh liposuction, it can take a few weeks for all discomfort to completely resolve. Most obvious swelling is gone after approximately 1-2 months.
Is thigh liposuction painful?
The procedure itself is not very uncomfortable and is frequently performed under local anesthesia alone. Most patients describe the recovery from thigh liposuction as feeling like a hard thigh workout.
Can you walk after thigh lipo?
Yes! You will walk immediately after your procedure. You will be encouraged to walk as much as you comfortably can in the days following your thigh liposuction, as this will speed up your recovery and contribute to keeping your system in good shape after the procedure.