What Can Be Done With Skin Sagging After Inner Thigh Liposuction?

Q:  Dear Dr. Eppley, I had liposuction six months on my stomach, saddle bags, flanks and inner thighs. The doctor told me he removed 4 liters of fat. I am very happy with the results with the exception of my inner thighs. I now have some saggy skin and irregularities of the inner thighs. Is this common afterwards? Can some form of non-surgical skin tightening be done to make it better?

A: Liposuction can be tremendously effective for many body areas and the inner thighs are no exception. But inner thigh skin does not usually have much ability to contract so only conservative fat removal should be done in this area and patient expectations should be tempered as to how much size reduction can be done. If too much fat is suctioned out, the inner thigh skin can be made to sag with irregularities. There are numerous non-surgical skin tightening devices that can be tried and they have all have some effect. My current favorite device is Exilis which uses monopolar radiofrequency energy to create skin tightening through a series of treatments. If this is not successful, you may need a definite inner thigh lift which will solve this concern.  

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana