Leg liposuction is a great way to kick out the fat, add definition and balance, and to target problem areas that are difficult to treat with diet and exercise. The distribution and proportion of localized fat is genetically predetermined in females and therefore women who have disproportionate or displeasing distributions of fat on their legs have trouble getting rid of it.
Leg fat is superficial and there are no deep compartments of fat on the legs and ankles. Therefore, liposuction on the legs is done more superficially and has an increased risk of injury to the sub dermal vascular plexus, and due to the effects of gravity, the veins in the legs are also susceptible to injury.
The area behind the knee is more vulnerable to injury and liposuction to this area should never be attempted because it contains important nerves and blood vessels.
Tumescent Leg Liposuction
The tumescent liposuction technique is a great option for those seeking to undergo a liposuction treatment, especially on the legs. It is relatively new and can reduce postoperative bruising, swelling and pain. It also decreases the chance that a blood transfusion will be needed because the blood loss in the patient is minimized during the procedure.
The tumescent technique is different from regular liposuction because areas of fat are injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid before the procedure is performed. The liquid causes the areas of fat to become “tumesced” or swollen and firm. This allows the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as it is removing the fat.
The reason tumescent liposuction works well on someone who is looking to take a little fat off their legs, or create definition in stubborn areas, is that it is a great technique for enhanced precision and definition of a body part. The anesthesia requirements are lessened as well as blood loss, so a person looking for an easier procedure might choose this option. In addition, good candidates for the tumescent liposuction technique include those who have large areas of excess fat.
Risks of Leg Liposuction
There are risks with this type of procedure as with any liposuction surgery and these risks can be minimized by hiring a board certified plastic surgeon that has lots of experience with this type of technique. The risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique include pulmonary edema, which can occur if too much fluid is administered, as well as lidocane toxicity, which can occur if the lidocane content is too high. These risks are rare and should be discussed with your doctor.
The best anesthesia option for many patients is general and for others the anesthetic contained in the solution combined with sedation may provide the best comfort level during the procedure. If your doctor feels it is appropriate, the tumescent solution itself may serve as the only form of anesthesia.
Leg Liposuction Results
Patients, who undergo tumescent liposuction, whether it is just on the legs, or on other parts of their body, can usually see a noticeable difference almost immediately. Continued improvement, however can be seen after three weeks, after the majority of the swelling has gone down. After a period of about three months, any remaining swelling will disappear and you should be able to see the final contour.
Most patients are extremely pleased with the results of their tumescent leg liposuction and by continuing to eat a healthy diet and regular exercise; patients will be able to maintain their new look.
If you are considering undergoing tumescent liposuction, which is a great option for your legs, be sure to do your research and find a good plastic surgeon that performs this procedure.
Leg Liposuction Recuperation
Caring for your legs after surgery involves an open drainage technique. This leaves several tiny “adits” on the lower leg and ankles, which encourage drainage of residual blood-tinged anesthetic solution, which dramatically reduces swelling and bruising. The open adits are covered by absorbent pads, which catch the drainage.
Walking is helpful in those first days following leg liposuction surgery and will encourage drainage and minimize swelling. Patients are not only encouraged to walk during the first few days following surgery, but walking will encourage drainage and minimize swelling. Bed rest and leg elevation are not necessary if the surgeon utilizes the technique of open drainage.
Carefully consider all options when seeking to get leg liposuction, but by using the tumescent technique, you can kick out the fat and have beautiful sculpted legs.