Can Plastic Surgery Make My Legs Thinner?

March 25, 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 different and better than the one you already have. In the same case, most people are unhappy with their legs. Some find them too large and wonder what they can do about it.

You can take surgery to solve the situation. There is a medical procedure known as leg plastic surgery that helps to create a thinner and leaner looks for your legs. The surgery is most effective in the thighs, the upper part of your leg, 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 liposuction and thigh lift. Liposuction is ideal if you want to remove the excess fats while 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 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 are the amounts of fats that can be removed without deformities, the length of your legs and the quality of the skin. If your skin is more 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 that 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, it needs a thigh lift. Liposuction of ankles and calves is not common. The reason because gastrocnemius muscles cause most thick calves. It is possible to liposuction fats, but muscles are not.

You typically undertake 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 undertake a thigh lift to make your thighs thinner and give them a more sculpted shape. However, 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 a massive weight loss, or they are only 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 loose skin bodes and tightening your skin. It enhances smoother appearance along the thigh 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 medial is ideal for inner thigh skin. Types of thigh lifts depend on the part of the leg. The recovery of 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 ASPS, the average cost of thigh lifts 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 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 recommendable 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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