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Anterior Thigh Liposuction

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Get sculpted thighs with liposuction

On the front of your thighs - often referred to as the ‘anterior’ thigh by medical professionals - the most important factor is ensuring smooth results - and this should be prioritised over simply reducing volume. This is especially important since ugly irregularities of the skin can be produced if excessive liposuction is performed on the anterior thighs. Patients who have had more than 60% of the subcutaneous fat of the anterior thigh removed report a relatively high incidence of dissatisfaction with the results.

Are there any dangers of with doing liposuction of the whole thigh?

Circumferential liposuction is where the entire thigh is treated at the same time. It is not recommended, because it can often result in a prolonged swelling of the feet and legs. It can also produce significantly more discomfort and may delay your return to normal activities because of the extended healing time required.

There is also a danger that performing liposuction on the entire circumference of the thigh may predispose you to deep leg-vein thrombosis and blood clots in the lung.

If you require liposuction to the whole of your thigh, we strongly recommend having this performed in a series of separate procedures. We’ll be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.

Will I need several surgeries?

If you require the whole thigh to be treated, then serial surgeries are preferred for the reasons discussed above. These sessions will need to be spaced at least one month apart.

You could, for example, get your outer thighs and hips treated during one session. You could come back a month or more later and have the anterior thighs, inner thighs, and knees treated together.

Performing the treatment in this staggered fashion makes it far less likely that you will suffer from any bothersome swelling of the lower extremities. With serial surgeries, you’ll typically be able to return to work within a day or two of surgery.

Will my legs swell up?

Sometimes legs can swell up following liposuction of the entire thigh. This is caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels found in fatty tissue.

The role of these lymphatic vessels is to drain fluid away from injured tissue. Treating the whole thigh at once means the whole thigh is swollen - and there is a shortage of lymphatic vessels to drain the treated area. The swelling is therefore likely to remain for some time.

Performing separate treatments means the part of the thigh that hasn’t been treated is able to help drain the part that has - and this results in fewer days of postoperative disability.


Dr. Puneet Gupta

Dr. Puneet Gupta is one of the UK’s leading Aesthetic Physicians. He performs a wide range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures specialising in Microlipo.

Kasia Leszczewski

Surgeon , rehabilitation, medical specialist on modelling and correction of the shape.