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Body Contouring - Thigh Reduction

Thigh Reduction Indications

Thigh Reduction | IowaThe thighs are a source of frustration for millions of men and women. Many patients have worked tremendously hard to lose circumference, fatty tissue and cellulite from their thighs to little or no avail. Many patients desire toned, slender, shapely legs that are virtually impossible to gain through even the most rigorous exercise regimen.

Ideal thighs are slightly cone shaped, with the widest aspect just below the groin and the narrowest just below the knee. However, thighs of a massive weight loss patient, or an obese or overweight patient, can present in a number of different ways. Problem thighs can present with both vertical and horizontal excess, or loose, saggy skin that stretches in both directions.

In general, most thigh reductions are performed after a belt lipectomy, but this is not always the case.


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The Procedure - When Combined with Liposuction - Personalized Care
The Surgery - The Thigh Reduction Patient - Recovery - Cost - Results


The Procedure

Thigh reduction surgery is generally combined with liposuction of the outer thigh to most effectively balance and contour both areas of a patient’s thighs. The thigh reduction procedure itself targets removal of specific tissue zones of the inner thigh. So, unlike liposuction, the thigh reduction procedure completely removes fatty tissue and skin of the inner thighs. Sutures, or stitches are needed to close the incisions and length of recovery depends on the extent of the surgery. Once removed, these areas provide patients with a more ideal inner thigh shape.

At Iowa City Plastic Surgery, the care and safety of our patients is at the forefront of everything we do. We have put several safeguards in place when performing thigh reductions. Most importantly, our procedure is designed to protect the lymphatic system (which runs through the inner thighs), and to protect females from possible labial spreading.

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When Combined with Liposuction of the Outer Thighs

Liposuction is the surgical suctioning of excess fat from various parts of the body. It is performed using a slim, hollow tube called a cannula which is inserted into one or more small incisions in the desired areas of the outer thigh. The cannula is connected by a flexible tubing to a suction pump. Dr. Cram uses this device to collect fatty deposits using a variety of treatment options.

Dr. Cram has performed hundreds of liposuction procedures on patients of all ages and therefore have perfected their own method of body sculpting via liposuction using the Tumescent technique. During this technique fat is pre-injected with a salt-water solution containing small amounts of adrenaline and sometimes local anesthetic. Great care is taken to address your exacting body needs while minimizing pain, bruising and subsequent scarring. When this joint technique is performed, patients can benefit from the sculpting of both the inner and outer thigh.

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Personalized Care

At Iowa City Plastic Surgery, we believe every patient is unique, every body is unique, every treatment is unique. So before any liposuction treatment, we will spend time with you in a formal introductory consultation to determine what parts of your body and/or face you want to have treated. Your age, skin elasticity, overall health, and physical and mental fitness will all play a part in how thigh reduction surgery will be performed and what type of results you can expect to achieve.

Not every patient is a perfect candidate for the thigh reduction procedure. Many patients are thrilled with the dramatic results provided by thigh reduction surgery. However, thigh reduction surgery is only the beginning. Patients must continue to take good care of their health, eat right and exercise to maintain a desired body appearance. Through our high level of personal care with each and every patient, we are able to help you set your expectations, feel confident about your decisions and speed the healing process.

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The Surgery

Your surgery will be scheduled at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Prior to your surgery, we will discuss not only your treatment options, but also your options for anesthesia. General anesthetic is most frequently used for our liposuction procedures. For smaller procedures, it may be possible to use local anesthetic and IV sedation. The entire staff at Mercy Hospital of Iowa City, medical and nursing, will provide excellent care before, during, and after your surgery.

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The Thigh Reduction Patient

An initial consultation with our staff at Iowa City Plastic Surgery is the first step to every surgical procedure. We will discuss treatment options, your overall health, medical conditions and any medications you may be taking. At Iowa City Plastic Surgery, we view each patient as a unique and individualized person. Therefore, our staff, from Claudette to Dr. Cram will handle your thigh reduction procedure as it best fits your health and emotional needs. Please let us know if you have any conditions that will affect your surgery, including any diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroidism, that may effect your abilities to accept anesthesia, and heal properly. Please let us know if you are currently taking any medications, over-the-counter or prescription. Dr. Cram will discuss all aspects of thigh reduction, including the surgical procedure, anesthesia, the risks and costs involved, the Mercy Hospital facility and the expected recovery time.

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Recovery

Thigh reduction surgery is major surgery, following close behind the belt lipectomy, and upper body lift in terms of complexity and length of recovery. General anesthetic will be administered. Patients will need to remain at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City a minimum of 48 hours after the procedure so both the nursing staff and Dr. Cram can monitor their recovery. You can expect to resume light activities within two weeks of your surgery, however, your incisions may not be fully healed for up to six weeks. Incisions from any surgery must be kept out of the sun for at least a year.

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Cost

The cost of the procedure will depend on the complexity of your procedure as well as the cost of the operating room and the anesthesiologist fees. The patient is usually given the information on cost at the time of the first consultation. It is important to understand what the price quote includes so that the total cost of surgery is determined.

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Thigh Reduction Results

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Figure 1. Patient before (top) and after (bottom) thigh reduction surgery.

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Figure 2. Patient before (top) and after (bottom) thigh reduction surgery.

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Figure 3. Patient before (top) and after (bottom) thigh reduction surgery.

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Figure 4. Patient before (top) and after (bottom) thigh reduction surgery.

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Plastic Surgery Iowa Dr Albert E Cram | Plastic Surgeon | Iowa