Thighs are the most difficult area for liposuction. For an even result, the same amount of tumescent solution has to be inoculated and the same amount of fat has to be taken out. After that, asymmetry has to be addressed.
Fat on thighs and hips is largely determined by predetermined genetics especially for females. Additionally, thigh fat is often unaffected by exercise and dieting. For many females, self-confidence is very important so they look better in their clothes, and they no longer need to feel self-conscious when wearing a bathing suit or shorts.
On the inner thighs, smooth and beautiful leg line results are more important than excessive volume reduction. Aggressive liposuction of the inner thighs can easily produce ugly lumpy skin.
Calves and Ankles
Calve and ankle fat is superficial and the distribution is genetically predetermined. Female patients who have a displeasing fat distribution on their legs often realized that diet and exercise are ineffective. Because liposuction is necessarily done rather superficially, the procedure has a risk of injury to the subdermal vascular plexus. Dr. Jane can improve the displeasing look with her experienced liposuction skill.
Things You Need to Know
An excessive liposuction of legs and ankles would be a big mistake. Unnecessary aggressive liposuction of the legs can injure blood vessels and create skin irregularities. If an excessive leg liposuction patient gains weight, an accentuation of any irregularities producing an increasing lumpiness and bumpiness will be apparent because not all fat cells are removed and the remaining fat cells can grow.
Important nerves and blood vessels are located behind the knee (popliteal fossa). The area is vulnerable to injury by a liposuction cannula. Liposuction in this area should be avoided.
The goal of liposuction of the legs or ankles should be an aesthetically pleasing and natural looking result. Excessive liposuction should be avoided. It would be a mistake to attempt to remove every last bit of fat from the legs and ankles. Overly aggressive liposuction of the legs risks injury to blood vessels. An attempt to remove all the fat will yield some areas where the skin is directly adherent to the muscle, and other areas where there are thin collections of fat. In this situation, if the patient subsequently gains weight, areas with residual fat will increase in size, and areas without fat will not change. The overall effect will be an accentuation of any irregularities producing an increasing lumpiness and bumpiness. The goal of liposuction of the legs or ankles should be an aesthetically pleasing and natural looking result. Excessive liposuction should be avoided.*
*Individual results may vary.
Post-operative Activity and Shower
Dr. Jane advises her patients to have a short walk about inside or outside their home on the day of the surgery. The short walk will enhance drainage through open adits and minimize swelling. There is no post-operative activity restriction. Her patients are expected to take a shower at least once or twice daily beginning the next day of surgery.