The thighs are one of the most difficult areas of the body to lose excess fat from and even with a strict diet and exercise, the fat cells only shrink temporarily, but never permanently go away. Thighplasty or a thigh lift can help shape and tone the thighs and legs and make them shapelier and well-contoured.
The thigh areas tend to accumulate a lot of cellulite and fat cells that don’t go away easily. Sometimes plastic surgery or liposuction are the only options available to help you lose fat in that region.
What Is the Best Procedure to Treat Inner and Outer Thigh Fat?
For many women, the inner and outer thigh areas are prone to accumulating excess fat and are among the most problematic areas to lose fat from. Liposuction of the inner thigh region can help remove a lot of fat and cellulite and can help shape and contour the thigh region. It can also help reduce the rubbing together of the inner thighs as you are walking.
Tumescent liposuction of the inner and outer thighs will not leave any irregularities in the shape of the thighs and will not cause any significant lumpiness. It is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort.
With carefully placed incisions, the procedure will also leave very little evidence that any surgical treatment was conducted. The best part about the tumescent liposuction procedure is that the inner and outer thighs can be treated at the same time safely.
The Tumescent Liposuction Technique
Tumescent liposuction is by far one of the most effective liposuction techniques available to reduce inner and outer thigh fat and cellulite. It involves regular liposuction but with the use of a very dilute solution of local anesthesia. By using local anesthesia, the greatest dangers associated with traditional liposuction is reduced. It allows for more effective and efficient liposuction.
The effectiveness of the tumescent liposuction technique depends upon the size of the cannula tube. The cannula is a small, thin, and long tube that comes in different diameter sizes and depending on what type of liposuction is to be carried out, the size or diameter of the cannula tube differs.
The anesthesia used causes the target area to become tumescent which means swollen and firm. The tumescent technique involves injecting large volumes of dilute lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that shrinks capillaries) into the subcutaneous fat.
Since a large amount of lidocaine is injected, those specific areas will become very swollen and firm or tumescent. The tumescent liposuction technique produces very long-lasting local anesthesia of the subcutaneous fat and the skin and allows the surgeon to extract more fat and cellulite from one area at the same time.
The Importance of the Cannula Size
If the cannula used is very large and if the procedure is not done carefully then patients may experience surface irregularities. It is important that you work with an experienced surgeon who is familiar with the proper tools and techniques used for the procedure.
The correct size of the cannula used for the procedure is one with an outside diameter between 1.5 and 2.8 mm. These are known as micro cannulas and allows the liposuction of small incremental amounts of fat at a time. These cannulas will deliver very smooth and satisfactory results.
Contact Our Office
If you’re tired of having thighs that are covered in excess fat, you may need to consider undergoing a thigh lift. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jane Chung, a skilled cosmetic surgeon, to learn more about the benefits of tumescent liposuction for the thighs.