Thigh liposuction

Thigh liposuction is one kind of plastic surgery widely being used all over the world. It signifies that fats are removed from the thighs by various methods. This procedure is used for improving contour and proportion of thighs. Thus it can enhance self-image. Though being used popularly, we must not think it as the alternative for dieting or exercise. That means thigh liposuction should be tried when diets and exercises fail, or for reshaping. Some other synonyms of liposuction are lipoplasty (fat modeling), liposculpture suction lipectomy (suction-assisted fat removal).

How it works

Thigh liposuction works by removing stubborn fats from the thigh area. Many people even after trying a lot by so many exercises and dieting cannot remove those fat pockets. Liposuction works in this case. Fats are sucked by some instruments or emulsified and gives you a rapid result with nicely shaped body! If it is done on thigh, an attractive pair of slimmed thigh can be the result. However, we have to keep it in our mind that, removal of too much fat at once can harm your health. Thus the target should be-

  1. Removal of right amount of fat
  2. Less harm to adjacent tissues
  3. Maintenance of normal body fluid level.

Benefits of thigh liposuction

There must be some benefits on thigh liposuction for it being used extensively. In America, more than 350k thigh liposuctions are done each year, and the numbers are increasing day by day as well. In thigh liposuction, fat cells are removed forever. So shape of the thigh is found rapidly as desired. People can revert to normal working life in between two days to two weeks depending upon the extent of the surgery. As soon as the swelling subsides, body looks attractive! In addition, pain and other simple symptoms of surgery subside early. After surgery, if regular exercise and proper dieting were maintained, adorable thighs would no longer be a matter of dream.

Eligible candidates

Many people could be interested on thigh liposuction as thigh fats are tough to remove. Especially women experience of reduced breast size easier after dieting and exercise but not the thigh bulk. Appropriate candidates are those who fulfill some special criteria for thigh liposuction. There must be presence of fat pockets in thigh, which is a must, but not all of the required criteria. Diabetes, heart disease, any infection is the contraindication of thigh liposuction. A person, who wants to do liposuction on thigh, must be above 18 years. Ongoing proper diet and exercise is also needed. As after liposuction, if care is not maintained, neighboring fats can disturb the shape achieved by an expensive liposuction. Older people lose their skin elasticity with growing age. Therefore, skin may fail to tighten around the new shape. Some associated surgery must be prohibited along with liposuction that may complicate the health status of candidate.

How is it done

The procedure can be stated in short that a cannula and aspirator is used to remove the fat. Anesthesia is given which is decided by surgeon upon health condition of the patient. After giving small incision, cannula is introduced and broken fat cells are aspirated through vacuum sucker. There are various techniques are being used now a days. They are

·       Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL)

·       Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)

·       Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

·       Twin-cannula (assisted) liposuction (TCAL or TCL)

·       External ultrasound-assisted liposuction (XUAL or EUAL)

·       Water-assisted liposuction (WAL)


For any surgery there are some routine investigations to evaluate your body condition whether it is ready for surgery or not. For thigh liposuction, you have to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. Also have to take some medication to adjust yourself suggested by doctor. You have to stop taking Aspirin, any anti thrombolytic agent, anti-inflammatory agent or herbal medicines that may increase bleeding during liposuction.

Possible complications

Other than some small side effects like bruising, swelling, scar, pain, numbness, some unwanted possible complications like uneven contour, loose skin, nerve damage, anesthesia risk, infection, scarring should also be kept in mind. Thigh liposuction may also be associated with rapidly growing mycobacterial infection after the procedure.

Different opinions have been seen on the benefits and efficacy of thigh liposuction. One very important note is without proper diet and exercise routine after the surgery would go in vein, as it is mainly a reconstructive procedure, and does not affect the metabolic process. If anyone is interested on thigh liposuction, he/she must think of all side effects, complication, eligibility. Elaborative discussion with trusted surgeon is also recommended.

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