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If you feel self-conscious when you walk, you're not alone. Pundits have quipped that men can suck in their guts but women can't such in their thighs. Neither, for that matter, can men, and liposuction is now one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures for men. We all want thinner thighs--although women tend to undergo thigh body sculpting more.
Be warned if you're overweight and feeling cottage cheese between your thighs: Some RNs and surgeons recommend against thigh liposuction for certain needs, such as weight loss and cellulite. Liposuction removes deep fat, not surface fat, which cellulite is. You could actually end up with gooshier thighs than before since there's no underlying deeper fat. Mesotherapy is an excellent treatment for cellulite.
Reputable, responsible surgeons will only take you on for tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction if you're physically fit. Besides, you can't predict where you'll gain weight following body sculpting. Since the typical liposuction cost is $2000-$8000, you want to make sure the procedure will work. Although physical fitness is an important consideration, people typically have problems shedding fatty deposits in the thigh area. Thigh liposuction can trim away that "goosh." A tube inserted in your buttock crease will drain the fat from the areas your surgeon earmarks (you need to talk about these in advance), and a drainage tube will siphon away any excess fluid.
How do you keep that newly svelte lower half? Your surgeon will give you a clinging garment to wear for up to six weeks post-liposuction. The tight compression garment holds your new body shape in place and allows it to "set" while reducing pain and swelling. Don't feel the temptation to jog post-thigh liposuction! While you want to show off your improved appearance and keep fit, your doctor will prescribe light activity. Besides, you've been hiding your thighs for years. Your husband or wife can wait a few weeks for the total transformation--but you are having this body sculpting done for you, right?
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|