Will Liposuction Get Rid Of My Inner Thigh Bulges?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in liposuction or perhaps one of the non-invasive body contouring approaches. I am a petite 23-year old female who is 5’4” tall and weights 112 lbs. I am in pretty good shape, but have areas of fat on each of my inner posterior thighs that will not go away with any form of exercise and have been there all my life. I would be very happy with a visible reduction of this area and the bulges eliminated. I am also very apprehensive about any procedure requiring general anesthesia and would greatly prefer to reduce risk. But on the other hand, I don’t want to waste money on noninvasive treatments that don’t offer a significant improvement.

A: Liposuction would be the most efficient and effective method of fat removal for your inner thigh areas. But given their small size, this could be done under local anesthesia with or without oral or IV sedation if you were so motivated. While Coolsculpting or Exilis devices would produce some positive changes in the inner thigh bulges, it would not be as much nor as fast as with microcannula liposuction fat extraction. Since these inner thigh bulges have been present your entire life and this body area is not a known fat depot side, the reductive changes induced by liposuction should be permanent.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana