As you put on extra body fat, it tends to accumulate in certain problem areas. Apart from the belly, a lot of that fat will wind up around the hips and thighs. This is particularly true for women, who often accumulate fat along the upper legs and buttocks. When diet and exercise can’t get rid of this fat, Dr. Stuart Baker may recommend liposuction for targeted cosmetic fat reduction.
The team at our Champaign, Decatur, Monticello, IL plastic surgery offices receive many questions about liposuction on the upper legs and hip area. The Center for Cosmetic Medicine would like to discuss why liposuction on the thighs and hips may be a good option for you.
Spot Reduction Exercises Don’t Work
You may think that doing squats and cardio will take care of that unwanted fat, but unfortunately spot reduction is a myth. While you can build up the muscles of the legs and improve your general health and wellness, you aren’t going to lose fat or shed those saddlebags.
This can be extremely frustrating for people. You may be eating right and exercising regularly, but that stubborn fat on the hips and thighs won’t go away. That’s when you should consider speaking with a cosmetic surgeon about liposuction and other body sculpting options.
Why Liposuction May Be the Answer
Liposuction is a cosmetic fat removal surgery that targets the problem areas that diet and exercise cannot address. Thanks to liposuction, excess fat can be removed from the hips and thighs, helping you look much trimmer and slimmer in the process.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
Good candidates for liposuction are people who have struggled to shed unwanted fat from various parts of their body. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make cosmetic surgery a health risk.
How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Liposuction?
While liposuction can remove fat from the hips and thighs, it is not intended to be a weight loss procedure. Only about 10 pounds of body fat can be safely removed during a liposuction session. Any more could lead to health complications.
This is why we recommend patients lose as much fat as possible through regular diet and exercise before coming in for a liposuction. This improves the final results of the liposuction procedure, and it helps ensure good health habits to keep the unwanted pounds off in the years after the procedure.
Will There Be Visible Scars from Liposuction?
Scarring is an issue after any surgical procedure, though the scars from a liposuction are typically very small and well hidden. We will work carefully to make the incision sites as small and discreet as possible. The incisions will fade after the first month or so, and will continue to fade over the course of the next few months.
The Results of Hip and Thigh Liposuction
The results of hip and thigh liposuction can be quite phenomenal. Patients have slimmer legs and no longer have to deal with saddlebags and other unwanted body contour issues. Pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts fit better and look nicer thanks to liposuction.
Learn More About Liposuction
For more information about liposuction and why it may be beneficial for your cosmetic goals, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic surgeon and skin care specialist. The Center for Cosmetic Medicine can be reached by phone in Monticello at (217) 877-9439 and in Decatur at (217) 877-9000.