BY ALFREDO HOYOS
LIPOSCULPTURE IN LEGS
1. Leg Fat is Different The distribution and proportion of localized fat on legs and ankles is genetically predetermined. Those who have a disproportionate and displeasing distribution of fat on their legs often find that this fat is resistant to diet and exercise.
2. Leg Fat is Superficial
The fat on the legs and ankles is composed mainly of relatively superficial fat. There are no deep compartments of fat on the leg and ankles. Consequently, liposuction of the legs is necessarily done rather superficially and has an increased risk of injury to the subdermal vascular plexus. Because of the effects of gravity, the veins in the legs and ankles are especially susceptible to the long-term effects of vascular injury.
3. Danger Zone
The area behind the knee (popliteal fossa) contains important nerves and blood vessels that are vulnerable to injury by a liposuction cannula. Liposuction in this area should never be attempted.
4. Could I be a good candidate for leg liposculpture?
Patients who store a considerable amount of fat on their thighs and have been trying to eliminate the fat with diet and exercise without great success are good candidates for the leg liposuction procedure. Getting leg liposuction can improve your self-esteem and enable you to wear the clothes you always wanted with more confidence. Although cosmetic surgery is not performed for psychological reasons we now know that it is often performed for self-esteem. Leg liposuction can also be a good procedure for patients who have been working to get toned legs but had little success in doing so. Some fats can be very stubborn, even with a good diet and regular exercise. Leg liposuction is therefore also a good option for patients in good physical condition but with a stubborn leg fat problem
5. Care After Liposuction of the Legs
After liposuction of the legs or ankles, persistent swelling of the ankles and feet can be an annoying problem without the use of the technique of “open-drainage”. With opendrainage (incisions are not closed with stitches) postoperative swelling is minimal and resolves within a few days.
6. Walking is Helpful
Patients should be encouraged to walk during the first few days following surgery. Walking will encourage drainage and minimize swelling. Bed rest and leg elevation are not necessary if the surgeon utilizes the technique of “open drainage”.
7. Excessive Liposuction of Legs and Ankles
It would be a mistake to attempt to remove every last bit of fat from the legs and ankles. Overly aggressive liposuction of the legs risks injury to blood vessels. An attempt to remove all the fat will yield some areas where the skin is directly adherent to the muscle, and other areas where there are thin collections of fat. In this situation, if the patient subsequently gains weight, areas with residual fat will increase in size, and areas without fat will not change. The overall effect will be an accentuation of any irregularities producing an increasing lumpiness and bumpiness. The goal of liposuction of the legs or ankles should be an aesthetically pleasing and natural looking result. Excessive liposuction should be avoided.
8. How long is recovery time for this procedure?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient. It is imperative to follow closely your surgeon’s orders, so that you heal in a timely manner. For about two weeks following your operation, you will be advised to avoid partaking in activities and work.
A full recovery can take anywhere from six to eight weeks, with swelling diminishing in your third month. Always keep your surgeon informed of new developments you encounter in your healing process . Wear compression garments. A compression garment is a very tight-fitting cloth that fits around the healing area. The garment holds your fresh wounds in place and reduces the swelling of the surrounding areas. The constant pressure from the compression garments heals your skin in a more even matter. Compression garments can be very uncomfortable, but it is essential that you wear them for the length of time that your doctor prescribed. This is one of the most efficient ways to reduce swelling after liposuction.
9. Can I Get Liposuction on Legs and Ankles?
Yes, the method can be used to treat calves and ankles. Commonly there is a bulge of fat just below the knee. Given the location of this fat, patients can have a hard time removing this fat through diet and exercise.
10. What Are the Benefits of Vaser Liposuction?
Vaser liposuction is a very beneficial cosmetic surgery procedure and is used on other parts of the body as well. It also enables the surgeon to tackle body fat in very small areas, leading to a more precise treatment with better results.
11. What Should I Expect After the Procedure?
As mentioned before, most patients will experience a slight level of discomfort after the procedure. There may also be some slight bruising, which usually subsides a few weeks after the procedure.
12. How is the Procedure Performed?
If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re struggling with volume in your inner thighs, you may be considering liposuction as a solution to the problem.
But it’s important to keep in mind that our surgeon will have to assess your general health condition before recommending surgery. If you have a certain underlying disease, the procedure may not be right for you.
13. The 2 areas of the thighs treated with liposculpture are:
• Outer Thighs Outer thighs “saddle bags” in women are accumulations of fat over the outer thigh. Liposculpture of the outer thighs helps to get rid of the bulge in this area. The change in appearance is often dramatic.
• Inner Thighs When the inner thighs have an excess fatty tissue, women may notice several thighs. There may be a large bulge of the thighs underneath the pubic area which can be embarrassing for some women, making it difficult to wear pants and swimwear. Some women may find that the inner thighs rub together, causing irritation and chaffing of the skin.
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