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Is Thigh Liposuction Right for You?

Posted on: July 10, 2023


Thigh liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from the thighs to create a more toned and sculpted look. At Infini Cosmetic Associates, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Hall provides this minimally invasive procedure to patients in Scottsdale, Arizona and throughout the Southwest.

Definition of Thigh Liposuction

Thigh liposuction is a body contouring procedure that uses suction technology to remove unwanted fat cells from the inner and outer thighs. The goal of thigh liposuction is to create a more toned and contoured appearance in the thigh region by removing stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Benefits of Thigh Liposuction

The primary benefit of thigh liposuction is improved body contour and shape in the thigh region. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced size of thighs
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • More balanced body proportions
  • Increased confidence in appearance

Overview of the Procedure

Thigh liposuction is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the individual case and patient preference. During the procedure, small incisions are made in inconspicuous areas around the treatment area, such as near the bikini line or groin area, through which a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the fatty tissue layers beneath the skin’s surface. The cannula is then used to suction out excess fat cells while reshaping and sculpting the underlying tissue for a more attractive contour in the thigh region.

Once complete, any incisions are closed with sutures or steri-strips (adhesive bandages) and compression garments may be applied to reduce swelling and help support healing tissues during recovery. The entire process typically takes 1-2 hours, depending on how much fat needs to be removed from each area treated.

Who is a Good Candidate for Thigh Liposuction?

Thigh liposuction is a procedure that can help individuals achieve the body shape they desire. It is important to understand who makes a good candidate for this procedure in order to be sure it will be successful and safe.

Ideal Body Type and Size

The ideal candidate for thigh liposuction should have an overall healthy body type and size. This means that they should not be obese or severely overweight, as this could increase the risk of complications during surgery and recovery. Additionally, individuals should have realistic expectations about what results they can expect from the procedure.

Skin Tone and Elasticity

Having good skin tone and elasticity is also important for thigh liposuction candidates. Skin that is too loose or lax may not respond well to the procedure, as it will not be able to contract back into place after fat removal. Individuals with thicker skin may also find that their results are less than satisfactory due to this same issue.

Age Range

Individuals between the ages of 18-50 make the best candidates for thigh liposuction, as those younger than 18 may not yet have fully developed bodies, while those over 50 may have more significant skin laxity or other health issues which could complicate the surgery or recovery process.

Health Considerations

It is also important for individuals considering thigh liposuction to be in generally good health prior to undergoing the procedure. Those with preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure should discuss these with their doctor before making any decisions about having surgery done. Additionally, individuals should not smoke or take certain medications prior to surgery, as these can interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications during recovery.

Ideal body type & size, skin tone & elasticity, age 18-50 and good health make good candidates for thigh liposuction.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

Thigh liposuction is a surgical procedure that can help you achieve smoother, more contoured thighs. Before undergoing thigh liposuction, it’s important to understand what to expect during and after the procedure so you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you.

Preparation for Surgery

Before undergoing thigh liposuction, the patient will typically have an initial consultation with their surgeon. During this appointment, the doctor will assess the patient’s health and discuss their desired outcome from the surgery. The doctor may also take photographs of the area to be treated in order to compare before-and-after results.

The patient should also receive instructions regarding how to prepare for surgery, such as avoiding certain medications or supplements prior to the procedure and stopping smoking several weeks in advance. In some cases, the doctor may require lab tests or other medical evaluations before proceeding with the surgery.

The Surgery Itself

The actual thigh liposuction procedure usually takes place in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility under general anesthesia. Depending on the size of the area being treated, it may take anywhere from one to three hours for the surgeon to complete the procedure.

During thigh liposuction, a small incision is made near each thigh in order to insert a thin tube called a cannula into fatty tissue beneath the skin. The surgeon then uses gentle suctioning motions with the cannula in order to remove excess fat cells from beneath the skin’s surface. Once enough fat has been removed, sutures are used to close up any remaining incisions before bandages are applied over them.

Recovery Process and Timeline

Recovery time following thigh liposuction varies depending on individual factors such as age and overall health of the patient as well as how extensive their surgery was. Generally speaking, most people experience some degree of swelling and bruising around their thighs which can last anywhere from two weeks up to two months post-surgery.

In addition, patients should plan on taking at least one week off work after their procedure in order to rest and allow their body time to heal properly; however, this timeline may vary depending on your individual situation and level of physical activity required by your job duties or lifestyle habits prior to surgery.


It’s also important for patients recovering from thigh liposuction to wear compression garments over their thighs for up to six weeks following their procedure in order to minimize swelling and ensure proper healing of any incisions made during surgery. Additionally, patients should avoid strenuous activities such as running or lifting heavy objects until they receive clearance from their doctor that it is safe for them do so again without risking further injury or delaying recovery time unnecessarily.

Patients should also follow any additional instructions provided by their doctor regarding follow-up care after surgery; this may include regular check-ups with your physician or physical therapist in order for them monitor your progress closely throughout your recovery process and address any issues that arise along the way quickly and effectively if needed..

Risks Involved with Surgery

While thigh liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, there are still risks involved with any type of surgical procedure including infection at incision sites, excessive bleeding during or after surgery, nerve damage, scarring or other unexpected complications that could arise due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding a particular case..

Patients should always discuss these potential risks thoroughly with their doctor prior to undergoing any type of surgical procedure so they can make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for them based on all available information..

Cost of Procedure

The cost of thigh liposuction varies based on several factors such as location (geographic region), complexity of case (ease/difficulty of fat removal), experience level of surgeon performing operation (board certification status) etc., but typically ranges between $3000-$7000 USD depending on these variables.. Patients should consult with multiple surgeons before making a final decision about which one they would like perform their operation in order ensure they receive competitive pricing while still receiving quality care from an experienced professional..

Additionally, many insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgeries such as thigh liposuction due its elective nature; therefore patients should factor in additional costs associated with travel expenses (if applicable), pre/postoperative appointments etc., into total cost estimates when budgeting for this type of procedure..

Follow-up Care & Maintenance

Once recovery is complete after undergoing thigh liposuction surgery,it’s important for patients maintain healthy lifestyle habits going forward in order ensure long term success. This includes eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, avoiding smoking/alcohol consumption etc. Additionally,patients should continue wearing compression garments over treated areas whenever possible (while sleeping /exercising )as directed by physician. Regular follow-up visits with doctor are also recommended throughout first year post -surgery in order track progress & address any potential issues promptly if needed.

Pre-Surgery Preparation
Surgery Itself
Recovery Process & Timeline
Risks Involved
Cost of Procedure
Follow-Up Care & Maintenance
Initial consultation with surgeon; instructions on how to prepare for surgery; lab tests/medical evaluations in some cases
Takes 1-3 hours; small incisions made near each thigh; cannula inserted into fatty tissue beneath skin; suctioning motions used to remove excess fat cells; sutures close up any remaining incisions
Swelling and bruising around thighs for 2 weeks-2 months; take at least one week off work post-surgery; wear compression garments for 6 weeks post-surgery; avoid strenuous activities until cleared by doctor
Infection at incision sites, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, scarring or other unexpected complications
$3000-$7000 USD depending on location, complexity of case, experience level of surgeon
Maintain healthy lifestyle habits going forward (e.g. eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly); wear compression garments as directed by physician; regular follow-up visits with doctor throughout first year post-surgery

Pros and Cons of Thigh Liposuction

Thigh liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of fat from the thighs, resulting in a more sculpted appearance. It is important to understand all aspects of this procedure before deciding if it is right for you. Here we will discuss some of the pros and cons associated with thigh liposuction so that you can make an informed decision.

Advantages of the Procedure

The primary advantage of thigh liposuction is that it can help to reshape the thighs, giving them a more toned and attractive appearance. This can be beneficial for those who have struggled with stubborn pockets of fat on their thighs despite diet and exercise efforts. Additionally, thigh liposuction can help to improve skin elasticity by removing excess fat which can cause sagging skin.

Thigh liposuction may also provide emotional benefits as well, such as improved self-confidence and body image. By achieving a more desirable body shape, individuals may feel better about themselves and their overall appearance. This could lead to improved quality of life overall.

Disadvantages of the Procedure

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with thigh liposuction including infection, scarring, bleeding, nerve damage, and fluid accumulation under the skin (seroma). Additionally, there is a chance of dissatisfaction with results or asymmetry due to uneven fat removal or healing processes.

The cost of thigh liposuction can also be prohibitive for some individuals as it is not typically covered by insurance plans unless deemed medically necessary due to health problems caused by excess fat in the area (e.g., chronic pain). Furthermore, it should be noted that results are not permanent; additional treatments may be necessary over time in order to maintain desired results.

In conclusion, it is important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages associated with thigh liposuction before making a decision about whether or not this procedure is right for you. Be sure to consult with your doctor about your individual situation so that they can provide you with information tailored specifically for your needs.

Thigh liposuction can reshape thighs, improve skin elasticity and self-confidence; however, risks such as infection, scarring and cost should be considered.

Alternatives to Thigh Liposuction

When considering thigh liposuction, it is important to understand the alternatives that are available. Non-invasive options and other surgical options can both be considered before having thigh liposuction in order to determine which option is best for you.

Non-Invasive Options

Non-invasive options are a great alternative to thigh liposuction if you are looking for a less expensive and less risky way of reducing fat from your thighs. These options include laser treatments, radiofrequency treatments, ultrasound treatments, and cooling treatments. All of these treatments use energy or cold temperatures to target fat cells and break them down without surgery or anesthesia. The results may not be as dramatic as with thigh liposuction, but they can still reduce the size of your thighs over time with minimal risk or downtime.

Other Surgical Options

If you are looking for more dramatic results than what non-invasive treatments can provide, there are other surgical options that can be considered instead of thigh liposuction. These include thigh lift surgery and inner thighplasty surgery, which are both more invasive procedures than liposuction but can provide more dramatic results in terms of reshaping and contouring the thighs. Both of these procedures involve making incisions in the skin and removing excess fat and skin in order to achieve the desired shape and contour of the thighs. They also require a longer recovery period than liposuction does, so it is important to consider all factors before deciding on a procedure.

Ultimately, it is important to weigh all of your options before deciding on whether or not thigh liposuction is right for you. Consider both non-invasive and surgical alternatives in order to determine which option will give you the best outcome for your particular situation.


Thigh liposuction is a great option for those looking to contour their legs and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is important to note that this procedure should only be done by a qualified surgeon in order to ensure safety and optimal results. At Infini Cosmetic Associates, we specialize in liposuction and brazilian butt lift procedures, providing our patients with the safest, most contemporary, and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures available.

If you are considering thigh liposuction, it is essential to understand the risks involved and have realistic expectations about the results. We offer free consultations with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. William Hall, who can help you determine if this procedure is right for you. To make an appointment or learn more about thigh liposuction, contact us today at 480-800-4501 or fill out our online contact form.