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Liposuction on legs – A solution for a woman’s biggest problem

Why is liposuction on legs very popular among women?

“A woman’s body is just programmed to store all the extra fat in the inner and outer thighs,” says a London based plastic surgeon. Studies show that the cause of extra fat in women is mostly linked to hormonal changes and pregnancy as areas like thighs contain a large amount of insulin receptors on the fat cells – the more receptors, the more likely for it to be a problem area. If the legs store significant amount of fat, then the body becomes ‘pear-shaped’, which is not preferred by most women as it causes the lower half of the body to look heavier. This is when liposuction on legs come into the picture. People resort to liposuction on legs to get rid of the excess fat that may have accumulated in their outer or inner thighs, which are mainly exercise-resistant area. For some, even after aggressive exercise and weight reduction their unpleasant fat distribution remains, making their body look disproportionate.

Liposuction vs Laser liposuction

Some surgeons tend to recommend laser liposuction for skin-tightening benefit. However, laser liposuction has been quite controversial as some have claimed that it has had very little or no tightening effect on the skin, and on top of that carries a lot more complications compared to a standard liposuction on legs. The skin on the thighs are also thinner than other parts of the body resulting in potential burns or permanent discolouration of the skin with laser liposuction. Liposuction on legs, on the other hand, acts as a contouring procedure and can even be done on the knees. If done correctly, the scars are also barely visible. There is also less swelling involved during recovery.

What are the risks?
  • ‘Scooped-up’ deformity – Unfortunately a common occurrence, an inverted ‘champagne bottle’ shape is formed mainly on the inner aspect of the thighs. But luckily this complication can be treated with revision surgery.

  • Aggressive liposuction on legs can lead to injury to blood vessels.

  • Scarring

  • Infection

How long is the recovery period?

Our surgeons encourage clients to walk right after the surgery and during the first few days after the procedure for faster recovery but should hold off exercising until fully recovered. Walking helps with faster drainage and less swelling as it reduces risks of blood clots. The recovery period lasts for about 4-6 weeks and the client has to wear a compression garment during that time.