Jan 13, 2017 Smart Beauty Guide

Can We Change the Contour of Our Legs?

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As almost any woman will tell you, finding a way to make our legs appear slimmer and more shapely is a constant challenge. Diet and exercise usually just doesn’t cut it either. Leg fat is stubborn! The important thing to remember is, as awful as we may feel while staring at that dressing room mirror, we are not alone – and the problem isn’t necessarily our fault. Blame your parents, gals! For many of us, our hefty thighs, fatty knees and ‘cankles’ are actually hereditary. (Sucks, but it’s true). In other words, no matter what we do, IT’S OUR MOM’S FAULT, (or maybe dad’s, but either way, you get to point a finger here). In the case of slim or slender calves, this might be a result of congenital leg discrepancies.

Of course, we’re not entirely blameless. Our poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, and the stresses of life are absolutely playing a crucial part. The good news is that we actually have a wide variety of options at our disposal when diet and exercise just won’t do the trick.

The most popular option of all, of course, is Liposuction. Liposuction for the contouring of the legs can be very successful if performed carefully. Fat is the ‘liquid gold’ that enables plastic surgeons to fill in hollows, add volume, contour and reshape. It takes on the properties of the area it is injected into, which in this case are the muscles in the calf area. “The procedure will take approximately 1-2 hours and can be performed under local anesthesia. You see the results in 6-12 weeks. Touch ups may be needed for problem areas after a 6-month wait-and-see period,” says Dr. Peter Neumann of Nassau Plastic Surgical Associates in Roslyn, NY.

The newest trend for fat removal is SculpSure. This laser system will provide contour changes without surgery or downtime. “The procedure can be done in the office with no anesthesia in an area where there is excessive fat. One treatment takes 24 minutes. Results can be seen in as little as 3 weeks and improves over a 12 week period. It can be done again if difficult areas persist. The cost of SculpSure is less than 1/2 of conventional liposuction procedures. If you’re pressed for time and need quick results, it is a much better choice,” says Dr. Neumann.

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