Every year, more and more people are turning to liposuction to improve their looks and thigh liposuction in particular has gained enormous popularity for its amazing results and quick recovery time.
Thigh liposuction itself is a fairly easy procedure that involves the standard tube, called a cannula, and a suctioning pump. The cannula is inserted into the patient’s thigh area through a small incision.
The cannula is then maneuvered through the fatty layers of the patient’s body and the suction pump will then suck out the fat through the cannula. This process creates small tunnels in the patient’s fatty layer. After the surgery has been completed, the small tunnels that were created will collapse, and help aid in creating a better thigh contour.
Thigh Liposuction Cost
The cost of your thigh liposuction will depend upon the location where you plan to get the surgical procedure done, and the surgeon you choose to do the surgery.
There are two areas in the thigh where liposuction can be performed. For inner thigh liposuction, you can expect to pay between $2,000 – $5,000. If you are considering outer thigh liposuction, you can expect to pay between $1,600 – $5,000 for the procedure.
For those planning to undergo thigh liposuction, it is important to know what you can expect from your surgery.
Liposuction will help remove fat from your thighs and give you a more contoured look, but liposuction will not treat obesity or make up for a poor diet without exercise.
Thigh liposuction will also not treat cellulite, which are the dimpled marks that are usually visible on the thighs and buttocks. Lastly, Liposuction will not treat loose or sagging skin.
Risk, Side Effects and Safety Considerations
Thigh liposuction, like all other surgical procedures, does have some risks and possible side effects.
Possible risks and side effects of liposuction include blood clots, infection, fat clots, skin sensitivity changes, bleeding, irregular or uneven body contours, swelling, skin discoloration, skin and nerve damage, scarring, anesthesia risks, pain and loose skin.
Recovery/Post-Op for Thigh Liposuction
After the procedure, you will be in some discomfort depending on the type of anesthesia used during your operation.
Local anesthesia can last more than 24 hours following your operation. You will experience soreness similar to the soreness you may feel after an intense workout.
Typically, you will be able to control the pain by using everyday medications such as acetaminophen. Within 1-3 days, you will be able to return to your normal work routine. Your soreness may continue for up to 8 weeks following the procedure.
You may experience swelling after the procedure as well. It can take weeks to several months for the swelling in your thighs to fully be gone. By allowing your body to rest, and taking it easy with your physical activity, you may experience shorter recovery times.
How Long do Results Last?
The results of thigh liposuction can and will be long-lasting with proper care.
After the swelling has resided, you will be able to see your thighs have a thinner, tighter look. By gaining back weight, you can completely reverse your results from thigh liposuction.
For this reason, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle before you undergo this procedure. By eating properly and exercising, you will be able to enjoy the results of liposuction for a long time.
As with most surgical procedures, there are alternatives to thigh liposuction. Some alternative procedures include thermage, mesotherapy, liposelection and lipodissolve.
Thermage involves using heated lasers to tighten a patient’s skin in various areas. For this reason, thermage is considered an alternative to thigh liposuction because it can help give your thighs a better, more tight look.
Mesotherapy involves injecting holistic compounds and amino acids into your thighs. These compounds and acids will help dissolve the fat cells, which will eventually be passed out of your body in your urine.
Mesotherapy has been used in the past to help patients reduce the cellulite in their bodies. Lipodissolve is very similar to mesotherapy, but uses injections of enzymes to dissolve the fat instead of compounds and amino acids.
Lipodissolve may not be the best solution for those wanting thigh liposuction as it is recommended to those wanting to target the facial areas including the neck and chin.
Lastly, liposelection involves injecting a saline solution into the fatty areas of your body. This will restrict your blood flow and help to break down the fat tissues in the process.
While this happens, ultrasound energy is pushed into the area where the saline was injected. This helps to soften up the fat. The fat in your thighs is then removed either through massage or by suction.