The quest to achieve the perfect legs can often be fraught with difficulties and setbacks. So, should you get a leg makeover instead? These days, that’s what the popular celebrities are calling thighlighting. I’m not sure I like the nickname, myself. It makes it sound like a makeup technique designed to highlight your thighs.
What is Thighlighting?
And that’s…kind of what thighlighting is. Only there’s no makeup. The effect is, instead, accomplished with plastic surgery. Indeed, thighlighting has become a highly sought after body contouring procedure, especially among celebrities. And we all know that when celebrities set a trend, it’s often not long until the rest of us get on board!
In most cases, these leg makeovers are accomplished with well-known body contouring procedures. But that, of course, doesn’t answer the how and the why of the matter. Let’s take a closer look at thighlighting—also known as leg makeovers.
Why Get a Leg Makeover?
We’re currently in a kind of a cultural moment where the leg is the star of the show. That doesn’t mean that demand for Brazilian Butt Lift or facelift procedures are going to slow down anytime soon. Instead, I just mean that designers and celebrities are embracing the leg.
And there’s good reason to do this. The legs are incredibly important to one’s overall proportions. For example, making the leg look longer (and slimmer) can make the entire body look taller and more fit. For many celebrities and showbiz professionals, you can see why that’s an appealing option.
This is usually accomplished using a liposuction procedure. And here’s where the motivation gets a little bit harder for some people to understand. Aren’t stars fit? Why would they need liposuction, especially of the legs? Isn’t that what exercise is for? Well, it is slightly more complex than that:
- Fat doesn’t always respond to diet or exercise—even if you target an area with a certain workout, stubborn fat may remain
- You may develop bulges of fat due to chance; diet and exercise likely has little to do with it—sometimes your body just does what it wants
- Even rigorous diet and exercise routines are not always 100% successful; areas of fat can be left behind or even exacerbated, undermining overall results
In other words, the human body does not always cooperate with healthy lifestyles. At least, not in terms of aesthetics.
For Many, the Solution is Liposuction
That’s why liposuction of the thighs is a popular option. It’s worth noting, of course, that another reason the thighs are a popular target is that they tend to naturally accumulate fat. For whatever reason, the thighs are especially predisposed to hang on to these stubborn areas of fat. That’s just the way the human body works.
Which can be frustrating to people who have been exercising and eating right in order to shave a few pounds off. When it comes to the thighs, sometimes liposuction can be the best option. But a few ground rules are important:
- It’s important to treat the entire thigh. When surgeons contour the whole upper leg (or from hip to toe, even), they’re better able to control for the way your leg will respond after recovery.
- Most patients want results that look sculpted or that show off how muscular their legs are. These results can be accomplished in many cases, but only your surgeon will know whether it could work for you.
- It’s vital that patients give themselves enough time to recover from surgery. Even a minimally invasive procedure, such as liposuction, needs to be taken seriously. If you skimp on your recovery instructions, you could imperil your results.
Liposuction is a Surgical Procedure
Finally, it’s important to note that even though this procedure has a pretty frivolous sounding name—“thighlighting”—it’s still a surgical procedure and it should be taken seriously. Many patients will be able to achieve astonishing results. But much will depend on the fat to muscle ratio of your legs. In some cases, muscle adds considerably more volume than fat.
It’s also worth noting that different patients want different things. For some, a leg makeover might be about showing off the slenderness of the leg. For others, it might really be a case of “thighlighting,” where the patient wants to draw attention to the muscle of the legs.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see thighlighting–or leg liposuction, or leg makeovers, or whatever you call them—become far more popular in the years to come. They might even be the big new procedure of 2018. What’s definite is that they’re here to stay. So if you’re looking for liposuction in Milwaukee or Seattle or Los Angeles, there’s a chance you’re after thighlighting as well.
Should you get a leg makeover? Ultimately that’s up to you. Make sure you talk to your plastic surgeon before making any decisions, though!