Are you frustrated by the way your inner thighs rub together when you walk? Do you feel self-conscious when you sit down while wearing shorts? If so, inner thigh lipo at Ideal Face and Body in Beverly Hills, CA may be right for you. If you’re on the fence about whether you want liposuction or not, keep reading this comprehensive guide to find out how long the results will last, how long the recovery takes, and much more.
How Long Does Inner Thigh Lipo Last?
The results of inner thigh lipo are permanent. However, you need to understand the nature of fat cells to get a complete picture of the results you can realistically expect. You also need to understand how lipo works. You can feel completely confident that your thigh liposuction results will last forever because your body stops being able to grow new fat cells when it reaches maturity.
Liposuction works by inserting a cannula through a small incision in the areas of concern, like the inner thigh, outer thigh, or calves. A suction device is attached to the end of the cannula, and subcutaneous fat cells in the area are sucked out. In other words, the fat cells are physically removed from your body, and your body can’t grow any more to replace the ones that are removed.
How Effective Is This Procedure?
Inner thigh lipo is incredibly effective, but you need to understand that it can only remove some of the fat cells from your thighs. Exactly how much subcutaneous fat can be removed during thigh liposuction depends on numerous factors, but you can confidently expect over a quarter of your thigh fat to be removed. Once your procedure is over, you should keep in mind that the fat cells that are not removed during treatment are not damaged.
Therefore, in the event of a caloric surplus, they can expand to store excess energy in the form of fat. You don’t have to give up your Super Bowl Sunday or Thanksgiving feast every year for the rest of your life. However, you should be mindful of the fact that it is possible for your contours to change over time, so moderation is important.
How Long Will My Recovery Take?
You can expect most of your recovery to be complete just a week or two after thigh liposuction. If you have a sedentary job, you shouldn’t need to take more than a week off from work to focus on your recovery. If your job is a little more physically demanding, it is a good idea to take two weeks off from work to focus on resting as much as possible.
Understand, it may take six to eight weeks for your skin to heal fully after the incisions are made. During this time, you should avoid strenuous physical activity. If you have a very physically strenuous job, but you can’t take two months off from work, talk to your supervisor about modifying your duties for a short time. Also, you may be allowed to resume your usual activities sooner if you follow all post-op recovery guidelines completely.
What Post-Op Recovery Guidelines Do I Need to Adhere to?
Listening to your body is the most important rule to follow while you are recovering from your thigh liposuction. Regular gentle physical activity is an important step to take to speed up your recovery, but too much physical activity will extend your recovery time. Therefore, you need to hear your body when it tells you that it is time to rest. You also need to give your body what it needs, a break.
It is also important to stop whatever you’re doing and take a nap if you feel unusually tired. When you feel sleepy, your body is crying out to you, trying to communicate that it is working too hard and needs a break. It is highly advisable to sleep for at least 90 minutes at a time whenever you feel exhausted, so you can unlock your body’s self-healing potential. It is during the final stage of the 90-minute sleep cycle that your body does most of it’s healing.
How Much Should I Sleep During My Recovery Period?
To recover from thigh liposuction as quickly as possible, you should do your best to get at least nine hours of sleep every night. For clarity, sleeping consecutively is ideal because you start over from the first stage of the sleep cycle every time you fall asleep. If you get nine hours of sleep nightly but wake up every hour, you’re not benefitting from your body’s full self-healing potential.
If you find yourself struggling to stay asleep, consider what is waking you up. If it is noise, look into comfortable noise-blocking ear protection. If it is light streaming in through the window, think about getting black curtains or a sleep mask to block light until you are ready to wake up. If you wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom regularly, increase your sodium consumption a little or stop drinking at least an hour before bed.
What Should I Eat To Speed Up My Recovery Period?
To recover from your thigh liposuction as quickly as possible, you should focus on eating whole foods. Your skin produces collagen, a protein that heals the skin. However, you need to consume enough vitamin C and protein for your skin to make this healing protein in sufficient quantities. When you’re planning your recovery meals, aim for no fewer than 200 to 240 calories per day from protein. Also, make sure you’re getting your RDA of vitamin C.
Great sources of protein to incorporate into your post-op diet include lean cuts of turkey, swordfish, lean cuts of tuna, and Greek or Icelandic yogurt. To ensure you get all of the nutrients your body needs for optimal health, try to eat at least one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables with each meal. For instance, you can make a tomato and spinach omelet or green smoothie with Greek yogurt and frozen citrus fruit for breakfast.
How Much Should I Drink During My Recovery Period?
During your thigh liposuction recovery period, you should consume enough hydrating fluids that your urine is pale. Since you will be mostly sedentary during your recovery period, you may not need to drink much more than half a gallon of water and tea. Coffee, like tea, is a hydrating beverage despite its caffeine content. However, it is important to moderate your caffeine intake post-op, so you shouldn’t try to get too much hydration from coffee.
Most Americans suffer from chronic dehydration, so if you find yourself dehydrated, you are certainly not alone. Try to make a game out of increasing your fluid intake. Some people have success staying hydrated by downloading an app with a plant that is similar to a Tamagotchi. If they don’t drink and tell the app that they drank, their virtual plant dies of dehydration. You also may find success by setting alarms on your phone to remind you.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
You may be considered a good candidate for thigh liposuction if you are at a healthy weight for your height and concerned about the way your inner thighs look or feel. Specifically, it is okay to have a BMI that falls within the normal or overweight range. However, if your BMI indicates that you are obese, you will need to lose some weight before you can consider this procedure.
To be considered a good candidate for inner thigh lipo, you should be no more than 30 pounds from your goal weight. To be considered an ideal candidate for thigh liposuction, you should be no more than 10 pounds from your goal weight. It is also important that you are in good overall health. However, our health requirements are more relaxed because we use highly advanced techniques that allow for local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia.
Take the First Step Towards Achieving Your Ideal Body Today
Inner thigh lipo provides permanent results and can go a long way in helping you achieve your ideal body. However, liposuction isn’t right for everyone, so an initial evaluation is necessary to verify candidacy for this procedure. Drop us a line at Ideal Face and Body in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your thigh liposuction evaluation, and let us know whether you want to attend an in-person or virtual consultation.