Great Looking Legs: Plastic Surgery or Diet and Exercise?
Monday, August 5, 2013
Exposed or in clothing, women aspire to
achieve the most shapely and attractive contour of thighs and
legs. Certainly, genetics plays a significant role in lower extremity
shape, although there is much we can do to improve and refine the
appearance. Adherence to a fitness regimen that combines a healthy diet
and both cardio and strength training is paramount to achieving great looking
legs. Whether through yoga, pilates, squats and lunges, stair-climbing,
running, or biking, it is vital to tone the quads, hamstrings, calves, and
gluteal muscles. Nevertheless, there are those women for whom, despite
rigorous work and dedication, less-than-ideal shape and “trouble spots” may
persist. In such cases, liposuction may be the solution.
In keeping with all aesthetic plastic
surgery procedures, liposuction is not for individuals who are severely
overweight or obese, or for those who do not exercise at all. Liposuction
should not be viewed as a quick fix, or a substitute for the hard work that is
a necessary step in the preparation process. Candidates for body
contouring plastic surgery procedures should be at or close to their ideal body
weight, and for liposuction of the legs and thighs, should be at a maximally
trained level of lower extremity tone and fitness.
When the trouble zones persist after
fitness and health have been maximized, liposuction techniques are indicated.
Gluteal and lateral thighs (saddle-bags), inner thighs, suprapatellar (above the
knees), medial knees, and ankles are common regions for the storage and
persistence of localized fat that may not respond to diet and exercise. For the
treatment of “localized adiposity” of the thighs and legs, liposuction through
tiny access sites with very thin cannulas (tubes), also known as
microliposuction, is performed. Most often, the access “incisions” are
made with a needle only (rather than a scalpel), and the excess fat cells are
removed with very small caliber cannulas that range in width from 2 to 3 mm.
This micro-liposuction process lends to more meticulous and aesthetic
contouring, with a high degree of safety and very low risk of
irregularities. Recovery time ranges from 2 to 7 days, and most patients
return to exercise after 4 – 5 days.
Is there a role for nonsurgical
contouring of the thighs or legs? At Mangat-Holzapfel-Lied Plastic Surgery,
we find that CoolSculpting can be helpful for fat pockets on thighs and
legs. When recalcitrant fat persists after diet and exercise, however, there
is truly no substitute for liposuction.
Call us at Mangat-Holzapfel
Plastic Surgery for a consultation at (513) 984-FACE in Cincinnati,
(859) 331-9600 in Northern Kentucky, or (970) 766-FACE in the Vail Valley of