What is Inner Thigh Liposuction?
Some stubborn, flabby spots plague all of us, regardless of our body type. One of those spots, for many people, is the inner thigh. It's a difficult spot to target with exercises, and once fat deposits appear, it's often very difficult to get rid of them.
Inner thigh liposuction is exactly what it sounds like—liposuction performed on the inner thigh area of one or both of your legs. Maybe you just don't like the way your inner thighs look. Or maybe that excess fat rubs together when you walk, causing discomfort, or even chafing. Or perhaps you're just trying to achieve the coveted "thigh gap" many women aim for. Whatever the case, inner thigh liposuction can help slim, sculpt and smooth the area, improving appearance and relieving skin abrasions.
Inner Thigh Anatomy and Liposuction
To understand how inner thigh liposuction can help change the appearance of your legs, it's important to have a general idea of the anatomy of this area.
Inner thigh fat is usually softer and less fibrous than fat found in other areas of the body. This makes liposuction easier to perform, and easier to recover from.
Inner Thigh Muscles
Inner thigh liposuction is about reshaping, not just removing bulk. Your surgeon will follow the natural curve of your inner thigh muscles to create a leaner, more toned look.
Inner Thigh Furrow
The sartorius muscle—the longest muscle in your body—creates a distinct contour called the inner thigh furrow which extends from the top of your thigh, diagonally toward your knee. It's clearly visible in thinner women, but those with excess fat in the inner thigh area may not have this furrow, which can make your inner thighs look bulky.
Medial Thigh Fat Pad
This small fat compartment located in the upper thigh is responsible for excessive friction when you walk, run, or engage in other activities. It can also make your clothing fit uncomfortably, and hinder the appearance of long, lean legs.
Although the inner knee is a separate anatomical region, it is often considered part of the inner thigh for cosmetic purposes. Inner thigh liposuction that doesn't also address the inner knee may create an unbalanced, uneven look to your legs. It's important to note that liposuction will only ever be performed on the sides of your knees, never on the backs where the potential for damaging blood vessels is much too high.
Inner thigh liposuction can be performed in conjunction with outer thigh liposuction, which may reduce your overall cost. In addition, the fat collected from one or both procedures may be used for a fat transfer procedure to enhance another area of your body such as your lips, breasts or buttocks.