The media inundate us with images of the “perfect” body. While it is widely known that the use of Photoshop runs rampant in the entertainment and advertising industry, many people subconsciously take these unrealistic beauty standards seriously, and try to emulate the images they see. While getting fit and feeling better about oneself are great goals, there are also disastrously negative sides to trying to look like the models and celebrities in advertising. Some beauty trends are downright unhealthy, such as the “thigh gap.” But how can you achieve a beautiful, healthy thigh contour, without slipping into dangerous fads?
What Is the Thigh Gap?
The thigh gap describes a possible contour of the thigh, which when the legs and knees are closed, there is a noticeable space between the two thighs. It is often seen in ultra-slim runway models, and it is an appearance many young women strive to achieve. However, most women’s bodies are not structurally designed to ever have such a gap, and many go to unhealthy lengths to try to achieve the thigh gap. While this contour is not unhealthy in and of itself, it is unhealthy when extreme skinniness is a way to achieve the look. It is often associated with dangerous eating disorders. Fortunately, there has been a cultural movement to banish the idolization of the thigh gap, and it seems to be working, as more negative attention is focused on the issue.
The Thighs as a “Problem Area”
Though the dangerous thigh gap era may be coming to an end, many people still struggle with poor thigh contour, unevenness in weight distribution, and sagging skin. The thighs are considered a “problem area”, an area where fat often settles and can be difficult to resolve through traditional methods. If you’ve been trying your best to tone and shape your thighs at the gym with little to no success, then you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are surgical options to help you get the look you want if you’ve hit a wall in resolving stubborn fat and poor contour.
Improving Thigh Contour With Plastic Surgery
There are two major ways to improve the appearance of the thighs with plastic surgery: through new, gentle liposuction techniques, or with a thigh lift, a procedure to improve sagging skin and contour of the thigh.
SmartLipo is a gentle laser liposuction treatment that melts away unwanted fat, which is then suctioned out for a tighter, smoother contour. It can eliminate stubborn isolated pockets of fat. It is a great solution for problem areas and uneven fat distribution in the thigh area. SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia, and recovery is fairly minimal, with some patients reporting that the aftermath feels similar to that of an intense workout. The heat from the laser aids proper contour by helping to tighten the skin over time.
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure to remove and tighten excess skin (and fat) to reshape the thighs for a tighter, smoother, and more youthful contour. The procedure is tailored to the patient, with incisions placed depending on the area of concern, generally starting at the groin area. Thigh lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, as the surgery can be fairly invasive. Swelling and bruising can be expected for several weeks after surgery, and patients must wear compression garments during this time to aid the healing process.
Finding the Right Surgeon
Think surgery might be a good option for improving your thighs? It’s time to start consulting with plastic surgeons.
When it comes to finding a surgeon, it is just as important to choose a provider you feel comfortable with as it is to ensure he or she has the necessary experience and credentials. Take your time in choosing your surgeon—it is easy to make a hasty decision and end up with poor results or other complications. Be sure you have prepared to the best of your ability before you move forward with your procedure, and talk to your surgeon about how you can set yourself up for success.
When you’re ready to start meeting with plastic surgeons, you will want to consult with the best of the best. Only an experienced and knowledgeable provider can help you choose the surgery that is right for you, and help you reach your goals. If you are looking for assistance in the Dearborn or Birmingham areas, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our talented and experienced team of surgeons. Our board certified specialists have decades of experience and are standing by to help you plan your procedure. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation today.