I'm considering having liposuction on my thighs for a smooth look. I'm I a good candidate? (photos)
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Liposuction can give you well sculpted thighs...
Liposuction alone may not be the answer
Liposuction removes fat, but does not remove skin. During the healing process skin may tighten somewhat, but it will vary in degree based on looseness of skin, genetics, and amount of fat removed. One option for you may be liposuction in conjunction with a thigh lift. This is a more invasive procedure with different scarring patterns than liposuction. I advise a consultation with a plastic surgeon who can review the procedure in more depth to explore your personal surgical goals.
Liposuction to Smooth Thighs
In this particular case, I believe that liposuction would actually make the contour irregularities worse. A better way to approach this situation is with a thigh/buttock lift. This operation combines skin removal with liposuction and fat removal to not only improve the overall shape and form of the thighs and buttocks but also to tighten the skin and smooth the appearance.
For the best results seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have a website listing all the certified plastic surgeons. Members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will all be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest and special skill in cosmetic plastic surgery as well.
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Benefits of Liposuction
Your desire for a smoother look to your skin is understandable. Unfortunately, liposuction will not achieve this. Many patients come in to my office and pull up on the skin of their thighs to demonstrate the desired result only to be disappointed when I inform them that liposuction will not give them the results they desire. Liposuction may be able to decrease the overall size of the thigh but be certain you speak with a board certified plastic surgeon with much experience before you make a decision about having liposuction.
Am I a Good Candidate For Liposuction -- You Need To See a Body Contouring Specialist
Smooth results after liposuction
It could easily make your skin worse.
It can, however, change the overall shape and size of your thighs.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
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