Huge thighs with excess fat rubbing against each other while you walk dock off your attractiveness points than anything else. In addition, thigh fat also makes your daily activities so much harder. Fortunately, all these hassles can be kept at bay with thigh liposuction.

Thigh liposuction is a cosmetic procedure aiming to remove excess fat in the thighs, giving your legs a more toned appearance.

Who is eligible for thigh liposuction?

The good news is, thigh liposuction is a simple, fast, and effective procedure that works for most people with fat thighs. Consisting of only 2 layers, thigh fat is much thinner than the fat on your back and other body parts - which exist in at least 3 layers. This means thigh liposuction requires a shorter time to perform and is more likely to yield positive results.

Most of the patients seeking thigh liposuction at Thea are women. In fact, women are more prone to thigh fat than men as the male hormones cause fat to deposit mostly in the buttocks, thighs, and the pelvic area. Meanwhile, in men, fat deposits are concentrated in the abdomen. Thigh liposuction won’t help you lose weight. Since it only removes the extra fat cells in your thighs, there won’t be any significant changes in your weight.

Although thigh liposuction works for most people, this cosmetic procedure produces more favorable results if you’re in good health and have good skin elasticity. Generally, cosmetic surgeons advise against thigh liposuction if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or a compromised immune system.

What happens during thigh liposuction?

Generally, the procedure of thigh liposuction isn’t much different from how liposuction is performed on other body parts. You may combine this procedure with other non-invasive procedures such as laser treatment or ultrasound therapy for more soft and toned thighs.

Before your surgeon can come up with a thigh liposuction plan for you, they need to carry out an overall examination to assess the extent of fat in your thighs as well as evaluate the structure of your legs and thighs. Then, your surgeon will pin down the areas with most fat to give you detailed recommendations on how to proceed. At Thea, this preliminary evaluation will be performed on either the inner or the outer areas of your thighs. Your surgeon will ask you to get both areas examined if necessary.

The procedure may be combined with liposuction of other body parts.

Depending on the patient’s needs, the surgeon will administer local or general anesthesia. This will help reduce the risk of trauma and bleeding as well as minimize discomfort when the incisions are made in your thighs.

Then, your surgeon will insert a thin tube connected to a vacuum to suck the excess fat out through the incision.

There are 3 common types of thigh liposuction: inner, outer, and frontal. How are they different from each other? Let’s figure it out with Thea.

Inner thigh liposuction

Most women with chubby thighs are interested in slimming their thighs down. When talking to the surgeons at Thea,  many stated how much they hated it when their thighs just kept rubbing together as they walked.

In those cases, cosmetic surgeons are likely to recommend inner thigh liposuction to target the whole length of the inner thigh. This technique ensures the consistency of both thighs, allowing them to look well-proportioned and natural.

Outer thigh liposuction

outer thigh liposuction

As excess fat builds up on your outer thighs, your legs look shorter and disproportionate. If outer thigh fat is your main concern, your surgeon will recommend outer thigh liposuction. This technique provides your thighs with a more proportionate and defined contour.

Frontal thigh liposuction

The frontal areas of the thighs are more prone to fat deposits. However, many cosmetic surgeons aren’t fond of frontal thigh liposuction as it’s likely to cause skin problems after surgery, resulting in dissatisfaction.

At Thea, surgeons will offer recommendations on a case by case basis. However, frontal thigh liposuction should only be performed when the excess fat doesn’t exceed the percentage allowed for the whole thigh.

What to expect during your recovery?

As mentioned above, which thigh areas to perform liposuction depends on your goals and your surgeon’s overall evaluation.

You can totally combine this procedure with hip or buttock liposuction for optimal results. If you aren’t quite happy with the way your buttock is, you can talk to your surgeon about injecting the fat harvested back in to improve its shape.

It’s best to avoid removing too much fat from your body in one go. If you choose to do it anyway, make sure you’re monitored closely by an experienced doctor at the clinic for a whole night after surgery.

Recovery is different for each person. You may practice some gentle exercises or resume light activities during your downtime. Wearing a compression garment is usually required to minimize swelling and bruising.

In some cases, significant improvements may be visible right after surgery. However, it may take 3 months or more to see the final results. Similar to other cosmetic procedures, you need an appropriate diet and exercise plan to speed up recovery. Consult with your doctor to get recommendations on how to get sufficient nutrients without allowing fat to build up in your thighs.