The inner thighs can present their own set of stubborn problems regarding hard-to-move fat deposits, Sometimes, the fat stays put no matter what you do, thwarting your diet and exercise efforts.
Inner thigh liposuction is commonly performed on women, but any body type can have it. It is usually performed in conjunction with inner knee liposuction treatment for additional results since these two body areas intersect. It may also be performed with skin-tightening procedures.
Anyone who has stubborn fat on their inner thighs that isn’t responding to healthy eating or exercise can have inner thigh liposuction. Liposuction is cosmetic surgery, so it is therefore optional & purely aesthetic. It’s important to explore or ” research ” fat reduction options for you and your thighs before embarking on liposuction.
Liposuction of the inner thighs pumps tumescent fluid that contains an anaesthetic into the treatment area. This fluid helps break up the fat, so it can be suctioned out and is also helpful in limiting bleeding and bruising. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic; no general anaesthetic is required, which can increase recovery time .
The inner thighs contain mostly jelly-like fat; this tissue does not tend to be fibrous or thick.
Recovery time for inner thigh liposuction is similar to that of other areas of the body, taking a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to resolve and the initial results to appear. You might not see the full results for several months, but this is a procedure whereby the results will eventually emerge. Liposuction is a significant procedure, biologically speaking, since you are getting a lot of cells removed at once. The body’s response to this removal is that a lot of fluid collects where the fat used to sit. This fluid is naturally reabsorbed into your body, but it takes a little while, so you may remain “puffy “for a time. It is similar to what happens when you sprain your ankle but on a larger scale.
Some bruising will also appear. Bruising is a broken blood vessel that has burst inside your body and has nowhere to quickly escape, unlike the blood from a cut or abrasion on the outer skin. The bruise must be reabsorbed by your body’s scavenger cells, which will cause it to fade and disappear slowly.
Compression garments must be worn for a few weeks, which aids recovery via swelling reductions. Wearing a compression garment is very important; one of the key elements to the quality of the results you achieve.
You will be advised prior to your procedure what sort of downtime you’re looking at, though usually, you can quickly resume most normal activities, including going to work in a week.
You should give vigorous exercise rest for a set amount of time (per your doctor’s instructions) because the tissue of your inner thighs will be somewhat inflamed, and exercise could exacerbate this, causing discomfort. Some light exercise can help the swelling mobilise. Some exercises will be preferable over others, with high-impact exercises to be avoided at first.
Managing your expectations is essential. Having a realistic idea of what you will see when the swelling goes down is key to your satisfaction with the procedure. You will have photographs taken before and after that will show you exactly what has been achieved.
We cannot stress enough that as our bodies are all unique, everyone reacts uniquely, so ask questions before your procedure and clearly understand what the procedure will and won’t achieve.
Inner-thigh liposuction is a reasonably specific area of the body, and by itself won’t usually mean a great deal of fat is being removed, not without adding in other areas too. It’s not often that this area would be isolated for extensive treatment. Thighs are primarily treated in combination with other areas in the procedure.
The amount of fat varies considerably between patients. Some may only want half a cup removed, while others may be good candidates for slightly larger volume liposuction. A maximum of five litres of fat can be taken in one procedure.
The way fat cells work means that once you remove the fat cell, it is gone for good and will not be replaced by another fat cell. Fat cells shrink and grow with the fat molecules they are storing. A ”piece of fat” is a tiny molecule that gets stored in a fat cell, sort of like a balloon full of sugar. Your body uses energy (the grains of sugar) from fat cells by taking the fat molecules out one by one back into the blood.
This means that your doctor must leave enough fat in the area being treated so that if you gain weight, the weight is distributed evenly across your body, and the look is natural.
You will get fat somewhere else if you don’t have a stable weight . This is why before you get liposuction, having a healthy diet and exercise regime is important. Still, just as important as having an experienced practitioner who removes just enough fat to get a good shape – but not so much that you look ridiculous if you gain weight.
An experienced liposuction doctor understands that gaining and losing weight is normal and not an unreasonable expectation to have of oneself, especially as we age – fat actually has a protective effect as we get older, and women tend to gain and lose weight constantly as part of a normal healthy cycle, oscillating between two sizes as a matter of course.
Based in Melbourne, Dr Michael Rich is a specialist dermatologist that has an interest in clinical dermatology, aesthetic dermatology, dermatology surgery and liposuction. He founded the ENRICH clinic and sees patients daily for all dermatological problems, including aesthetic concerns and liposuction treatments.
Dr Rich chaired the liposuction symposium at the World Congress of Dermatology and continues to presents at the liposuction symposium for the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Rich also speaks at national and international conferences on liposuction.
*With all surgeries or procedures, there are risks. Consult your physician (GP) before undertaking any surgical or cosmetic procedure. Please read the consent forms carefully and be informed about every aspect of your treatment. Surgeries such as liposuction have a mandatory seven-day cooling-off period to give patients adequate time to be sure of their surgery choice. Results may also vary from person to person due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. Before and after photos are only relevant to the patient in the photo and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience. Ask questions. Our team of dermatologists, doctors and nurses are here to help you with any of your queries. This page is not advice and is intended to be informational only. We endeavour to keep all our information up to date; however, this site is intended as a guide and not a definitive information portal or in any way constitutes medical advice.