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Liposuction to remove excess fat on the inner thighs is an excellent solution for patients who wish to have a space between the thighs, both for appearance and to eliminate rubbing of the thighs, which can be uncomfortable. My Southwest Michigan patients undergoing inner thigh liposuction often decide to also treat the inner knee area to ensure that the results are well proportioned and natural looking, although this is optional and something we’d discuss during your private consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Inner Thigh Liposuction?

If you are a healthy adult with concerns about excess fat between the thighs, either because you don’t like the appearance of it or because you experience painful chafing and rubbing between your thighs, this procedure may be right for you.

Having said that, there is a caveat:  When I assess whether or not inner thigh liposuction is appropriate for my patient, there are several things I evaluate:

  1. The amount of fat my patient wishes to have removed
  2. The quality of my patient’s skin. If the inner thigh skin lacks elasticity, it’s possible that liposuction will result in loose, wrinkled skin, a look that nobody wants, right?
  3. My patient’s weight history. It’s important that long-term stable weight—at least six months—has been accomplished.

Alternatives To Inner Thigh Liposuction

An inner thigh lift is an alternative to simple inner thigh liposuctions in older patients or those with a great deal of loose skin between the thighs due to weight loss. This procedure accomplishes two things: it removes the excess skin in the area as well as the fat to create a more natural and satisfactory appearance.

How is Inner Thigh Liposuction Performed?

As with other procedures as my Southwest Michigan plastic surgery practice, inner thigh liposuctions is performed under general anesthesia to insure my patient’s comfort. I work only with board certified anesthesiologists to assure the highest level of safety, and work with the same team that has assisted me for the past 15 years.

After marking the area to be treated with a special marking pen, tiny incisions are made in the inner thighs. A sterile solution is injected into these incisions to make fat removal easier. Using a trocar connected to a liposuction machine, fat is removed until there is a satisfactory contour. The thighs are then put into a special compression garment to aid in healing and my patient is discharged to home recovery.

What is the Recovery for Inner Thigh Liposuction?

Although you’ll experience discomfort in your thighs for a few days and will have some numbness, bruising and swelling, recovery from inner thigh liposuctions is pretty uneventful. Walking is the best exercise and the least stressful while you’re recovering.

If you have concerns about the fat between your upper thighs, contact one of my two plastic surgery locations for a consultation to discuss all the alternatives. You can phone us at 269-743-3290 or complete this online consultation request form.


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