Can Plastic Surgery Make My Legs Thinner?

June 14, 2019

Everybody has a particular idea of how they would wish their body to look. No matter which part of the body you are thinking of, it’s almost certain that you wish something looked different and better than what you already have.

In the same vein, many people are unhappy with their legs. Some find them too large and wonder what they can do about it.

You can take to surgery to solve this kind of situation. There is a medical procedure known as leg plastic surgery that helps create a thinner and leaner look for your legs. The surgery is most effective in the thighs, the upper part of your legs, and becomes less effective as you go downwards. You may consider going through leg surgery due to the excess fats especially around your thighs, buttocks or calves. The surgery helps to make your legs thinner and improve your desired appearance.

There are two types of surgeries available for enhancing your legs. We have 1) liposuction and 2) thigh lift. Liposuction is ideal if you want to remove the excess fats, while a thigh lift helps you to achieve smoother and tighter legs. As always, you should consult with your doctor to determine the best route to take which is fit for your legs and of course, the entire body.


Liposuction is the best option if you are looking to remove excess fats to improve the appearance of your legs. The effectiveness of liposuction depends on three factors. These factors are: the amount of fats that can be removed without deformities, the length of your legs, and the overall quality of the skin. The more your skin is elastic, the better. Liposuction works effectively in most parts of your body including thighs, buttocks, calves, knees, and ankles. These are the common areas in which most people find dissatisfaction.

However, not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. If you have extra amounts of skin perhaps after a massive weight loss, a thigh lift would be a more fitting procedure. Liposuction of ankles and calves is not common. The reason is because gastrocnemius muscles are the cause behind most thick calves. It is possible to liposuction fats but not muscles.

You typically undergo liposuction or surgical excision and go home within the same day. You can resume your work after 24 to 48 hours. Doctors use compression garments that help to reduce swellings for around three weeks after the surgery.

Thigh Lift

Similarly to liposuction, you can undergo a thigh lift to make your thighs thinner and give them a more sculpted shape. However, a thigh lift does not particularly remove the extra fats under your skin. The process reshapes your thighs and removes the extra skin. It’s an ideal option for those who have had massive weight loss, or if they are seeking to create a more pleasing thigh appearance.

As mentioned earlier, liposuction is not ideal if you have a lot of loose skin. A thigh lift is the best option for tightening loose skin. It enhances and smoothens the thighs' appearance and will help you regain your confidence after the surgery.

There are two types of thigh lifts, namely: literal thigh lifts and medial lifts. Literal lift is for outer thigh skin while a medial lift is ideal for inner thigh skin. Choosing which type of thigh lift to do depends on the part of the leg. The recovery of a thigh lift tends to be longer, compared to liposuction. The post-surgery patient takes off after around 5 to 10 days before resuming to their normal activities. The scarring is prominent, and the sizes of scars depend on how much skin was lifted.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a thigh lift is $4,800 while the average cost for liposuction is about $3,200.

All in all, not every patient is dissatisfied with their legs because they are excessively large; some are only interested in getting a more muscular profile while others are interested in achieving a fuller figure. So if you are interested in any type of leg plastic surgery, start by doing more research. Get detailed information from ASPS about the wide range of surgical procedures available today. It is also recommended that you find an experienced and certified plastic surgeon. You should schedule for a physical consultation to determine the best technique for you that suits your needs and objectives.

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