Loose skin and stubborn fat deposits on your legs can make you feel self-conscious. They often dictate what you wear and how comfortable you are. Liposuction and thigh lifts are solutions for healthy patients looking to improve their legs’ appearance or those who have lost a significant amount of weight or skin elasticity. These procedures can help restore firmness and enhance the overall appearance of your legs.
At MacDonald Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald can help you determine the best procedure to help your legs look slimmer and more toned.
Liposuction for Legs
Liposuction is a surgical body contouring procedure to eliminate stubborn fat pockets. It involves making a small incision and suctioning fat from beneath the skin with a hollow tube called a cannula. Often, liposuction is a helpful tool in thigh sculpting; however, liposuction can also be used to sculpt and eliminate fat around the knees, calves, and ankles, but it isn’t as common.
Thick legs are often the result of larger muscles, which liposuction cannot address. However, for patients with excessive fat deposits in the knees, calves, or ankles, liposuction is an option to provide more pleasing contours to the legs.
Not all patients are good candidates for liposuction. Patients who have a significant amount of loose sagging skin due to massive weight loss may also require a thigh lift to excise the skin.
What’s a Thigh Lift?
With increased weight, pregnancy, and even aging, the outer and inner thighs can become uneven and fuller. These areas tend to hold fatty deposits that weight loss and exercise can do little to change, especially when it comes to sagging skin. However, a thigh lift can help smooth the uneven fatty pockets and tighten loose skin to contour this troublesome area.
Typically, thigh lifts are accompanied by liposuction to better contour the area. From small incisions just above the hip for outer thighs and in the groin fold for inner thighs, fat is removed, and the skin is pulled and tightened. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and have considerable loose skin may need to have a thigh lift, involving an incision that runs along the thigh towards the knee on the inner portion of the leg.
Which Procedure is Right for Me?
Depending on your unique situation, liposuction alone may not be enough to create the legs of your dreams. During your consultation with Dr. MacDonald, she will help you determine if your legs can be enhanced with liposuction or if you suffer from loose skin on your legs and would benefit more from a thigh lift.
Choosing Dr. Jeannie MacDonald as Your Leg Contouring Provider
No matter which leg contouring procedure you require, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald develops individual treatment plans to ensure each patient receives natural-looking results, making her one of the best liposuction and thigh lift providers in Vancouver.