For a wide variety of reasons, fat stores in the legs all the way from the top of the thighs to the bottom of the ankles. Consider heredity—perhaps you notice that members of your family have similar body shapes. As people age, fat accumulates in select areas. For many, it’s in the abdominal area, but for a large percentage of women, the disposition of the female body holds onto fat in the inner and outer thighs. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott performs liposuction of the legs to free patients from extra fat that can cause ill-fitting clothing, discomfort, and lack of confidence.
In addition to performing liposuction on the inner and outer thighs to relieve patients of ever-present saddlebags or the consistent feeling of thighs rubbing together, Dr. Elliott can also address other problem areas like the ankles, knees, and calves. When fat accumulates or is genetically predetermined to store in these areas, legs can look disproportionate.
Unfortunately, there are often cases where diet and exercise do not make a difference in the appearance of these areas. However, Dr. Elliott encourages patients to make efforts to exercise a few times per week and practice wholesome eating in order to maintain a healthy weight. While liposuction is a great way to reduce exercise-resistant areas of fat, these practices are essential for preserving a healthy lifestyle and will maximize and prolong your results long-term.
The liposuction process varies based on the area of the leg that you wish to contour. Liposuctioning smaller areas, such as the knees and ankles, requires a different technique than with larger areas like the inner thighs, and serves as more of a precise contouring procedure. Dr. Elliott prefers to perform tumescent liposuction techniques using a tiny micro-cannula that permits smaller incisions, meticulously accurate body contouring, and successful results in line with realistic expectations.
With his expertise, seeing a skilled surgeon like Dr. Elliott can allow you to experience great results with minimal visible scarring. While liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, you can expect for your clothes to fit better, your legs to stop uncomfortably rubbing against each other during activities, and a boost in self-confidence. For information on liposuction or another cosmetic procedure, please schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with Dr. Elliott on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive news and information.