Liposuction to Inner and Outer Thighs, Knees, or Ankles


Liposuction to Inner and Outer Thighs, Knees, or Ankles - Liposuction of the inner or outer thigh area is a common procedure for people looking to tone and shape the thighs, remove inner thigh fat and tighten the overlying skin. Liposuction can be performed through very small (2-5mm) incisions that are placed in well hidden areas. In the inner thigh liposuction procedure, the most desired result is a smoothing of the skin removal of inner thigh fat. Alternatively, removal of outer thigh fat, also called "saddle bags" can improve the contour of the outer thighs in a way that diet and exercise cannot. Patients are advised that removing large amounts of fat from the outer thigh may result in unattractive irregularities in the legs if not done carefully by a trained plastic surgeon. Laser lipo is a type of liposuction and is a good technique but be sure to have laser lipo performed by a plastic surgeon. State laws allow non-plastic surgeons to use laser lipo in their office but that does not mean they were appropriately trained in a residency or fellowship program. They may have only taken a weekend course. Some of the perceived benefits of laser lipo is improved skin tightening but the results are inconclusive in regards to this claim. Laser lipo is a legitimate type of liposuction as long as it is performed by a plastic surgeon.

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What should I expect?

Inner thigh fat is removed from the thigh muscle in a way that will create a smooth, contoured look, of the leg, as a finished result. Treatment of the knee usually accompanies liposuction of the inner thigh as patients realize that fatty areas extend to the knee as well. In order to avoid an uneven result, it is advised to complete these procedures at the same time. It is generally safe to combine these procedures, and patients are generally very satisfied with their outcome. During the liposuction treatment, surgeons will use a smaller cannula (thin, small tube) to treat the delicate areas of the inner thigh and upper knee. If performing liposuction of the ankles, keep in mind that larger ankles may be a result of large muscle mass, which liposuction can not treat, and excess fat, which can be treated with liposuction. It's important to recognize that improvement in the ankles will be limited to how much fat is the cause and how much can be removed by liposuction. Contour irregularities can occur with liposuction to the ankles since the skin is thin and suction of too much fat may be difficult to conceal.

How should I prepare?

It's important to wash the area of the groin and inner thighs the night before your procedure with Hibiclens or similar antibacterial soap to minimize the chance for infection around the small incision site. Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen or certain herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the recovery with you as well.

What are the risks?

As with any procedure, risks include infection, bleeding, breakdown of the incision requiring gauze dressing changes or widening of the scar. If you have pre-existing cellulite, it may be hard to remove any or all of the cellulite.

How do I ensure my safety?

Be sure you have this procedure performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. Also, ask to see photos of previous results.

What will recovery be like?

You will need to wear a body garment around the area of liposuction for 1 to 2 months to improve your chances for improved contours and of meeting your expectations. Do not be surprised if you have drainage from the liposuction incisions for the first 1 to 2 days. This is normal. The pain will subside in a few days and you hopefully will be comfortable enough to return to work in a week.

How much does it cost?

In the United States, the average cost of liposuction to the thighs, knees, or ankles is $4,783, according to BuildMyBod's 2020 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.

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