LIPOSUCTION OF THE INNER THIGH
Today’s post is about inner thigh liposuction. Not getting satisfactory results with diet and exercise many of our patients come
for treatment of the thighs. The thighs rubbing together and fat bulges are some of the reasons our patients request
liposuction treatment. When treating the inner thighs we typically treat from the inner knee up to the crotch area. The fat is
typically removed from just two small points above and below the inner thighs. This allows for contouring of the thighs and
removal of the unwanted fat. Here at our clinic we do not cut and remove skin. We get our results using careful liposuction
techniques. Call or drop us an email if you have any questions or comments.
WHAT IS AN AREA OF LIPOSUCTION?
For our patients the most common problem area is the abdomen. Even after losing weight the stomach is still there.
Today’s question: What do you mean by an area? Answer: As a rule of thumb an area is about the size of two hands
with the fingers together. Generally only two areas can be treated during one procedure. Usually the abdomen counts as
two areas unless the area of concern is very small. The abdomen can be counted as only one area if the area to be treated
can be fully covered with two hands.
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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
TUMESCENT LIPOSUCTION -VS- LASER LIPOSUCTION
Tumescent is at type of local anesthesia. Tumescent is a technique for applying anesthesia to a specific area
of fat and not the whole body. Tumescent anesthesia has several advantages to total body anesthesia or general
anesthesia with the most important being safety. Tumescent anesthesia is known to have less risk than general
anesthesia but also cost significantly less than general anesthesia. The way tumescent anesthesia is typically done
is for a solution of water to be infused into the target area of fat. The solution is made of about 90% water. The rest is a
combination of lidocaine, epinephrine and salt. The function of the tumescent fluid is to cause the targeted area on the body
to become numb and for the blood flow to be reduced. The goal of the tumescent technique is for the fat to be removed
without pain or blood loss. Tumescent liposuction can be done with or without the use of lasers. The laser is a tool to help
break up the fat in certain circumstances. All lasers used with liposuction are very similar. The difference is the power that’s
used and how it is used. With Tumescent and Laser Liposuction we do not cut the skin. The result we achieve are all done
without cutting or removing skin.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
LIPOSUCTION FOLLOW UP CARE
Immediately after the liposuction procedure our patients are fitted into a compression garment and are given water
for hydration. Both the compression garment and hydration are the two most important key elements during early recovery.
The compression garment keeps the area treated from collecting fluid and also helps to reduce swelling. Both fluid and
swelling are natural healing affects.
Hydration is very important during recovery immediately following surgery and for several days after surgery. The body is
like a car engine, without engine oil it cannot and will not run properly. Water keeps our bodies running properly and helps
to promote healthy healing.
After surgery, and before leaving our care, you will be instructed how to properly wear your garment. You will also be given
an appointment for the following day for a very important post care follow up. Every liposuction patient receives Dr. Nathan
Long’s personal cell phone number so that there is direct communication with him during recovery.
As always, all patients are welcome to visit our clinic any time we are open and for any reason.
Cosmetic Procedures Clinic
Dr. Nathan Long, M.D.
Laser Liposuction & Tumescent Liposuction
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012
Our Mommy Makeover procedure is perfect for moms looking to restore & re-contour their pre-baby body without a major life
disruption. The Mommy Makeover typically consists of the post-pregnancy tummy pouch and muffin top treatment but varies
Many women develop a pouch below the belly button after pregnancy. This pouch can rang between just a hump to a roll that
hangs down over bikini area. The muffin top comes in all sizes and shapes. The great news is that we specialize in treating
these problem areas and achieving great results without the scaring and down time that comes with the tummy tuck. We treat
the abdominal pouch and the flank areas separately but in most cases the pouch or muffin top will be completely gone in one
Treating the areas on two separate days results in better outcomes because a larger area can be tackled on each occasion
and the first area can be modified if needed at the second surgery. We believe that two somewhat shorter surgeries are safer
than one longer one.
Downtime varies greatly from patient to patient, and on how many areas are treated during surgery.
Most patients require 3 days of at home downtime to fully recover per surgery . It is important to understand that a Mommy
Makeover is not considered a weight loss procedure and is best suited for women that are in relatively good shape.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
With laser and tumescent liposuction we are able to treat nearly any area of concern. The most common areas treated are:
the abdomen, thighs, flanks (love handles), back, arms, neck and butt.
At our clinic, the most popular area treated for both men and women is the abdomen region. In most cases with one
treatment we can get rid of the fat overhang without removal of the skin and the long scars that go with it.
A huge concern for most of our patients are the thighs. When extra fat gathers in this area, it can cause uncomfortable
irritation when the two inner thighs touch while walking. We are able to gently remove this fat and contour the inner thighs
without cutting or removing skin.
Patients come to us to have their arms treated very frequently. A very important reason people come to us for arm treatment
is because we can get the desired result and still avoid the long scar seen in the arm lift. We have a fantastic approach to this
area of concern.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
The process of Liposuction
What is liposuction? Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body's contour by removing excess fat deposits
located between the skin and the muscle. To perform liposuction, a small stainless steel tube called a cannula is used. The
cannula is attached to a powerful suction pump that safely removes fat deposits through small incisions on the skin.
Before we begin liposuction, we want to make sure that you are a good candidate. So what makes a good candidate?
Any patient who is likely to be happy with the results of liposuction, has realistic expectations, and who is in relatively good
health is a good candidate. Liposuction is unlikely to achieve perfection, but can provide significant improvement to any area of
So you've been told you're a good candidate, now what?
Our staff will guide you through the steps of selecting a surgery date, choosing financing options, information on recovery, and
collecting your pharmacy information.
Day of surgery:
1st step: Fill out remaining paperwork. Consultation with Dr. Long to address all questions and to discuss the risks, benefits,
and alternatives. Dr. Long will spend time talking with you to make sure you know all of the details of the surgery before
2nd step: We will bring you into our drawing room where you will be given a robe and appropriate garments to change into.
Dr. Long will use a purple marking pen to outline the area(s) being treated. Pictures of the treatment area(s) are taken. Dr.
Long will talk with you again showing you the area(s) outlined to confirm the treatment plan.
3rd step: You will be given oral medication (ativan) that will help relax you before surgery. You will relax in your private waiting
room allowing the ativan to take effect. Your guest are allowed to wait with you in your private waiting room if you choose.
4th step: Our staff will guide you into the surgery room where we will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Ready for surgery!
5th step: Recovery. You will be taken into your private recovery room where you will be closely monitored by Dr. Long and his
staff. Your guest are allowed to wait with you in your private waiting room if you choose. Before you leave our office, our staff
will give you an appointment to visit us for your 1st follow up. Dr. Long and staff will make sure that you know how to use your
compression garments and padding provided to you. Additional garments may be purchased.
Follow up appointments are very important! Please make sure you are able to make all appointments. If you're unable
to make an appointment, please let our staff know. If you do not live in the DFW area, please know that it is a
requirement to make all post operative appointments. If you're are unable to make your post operative appointments,
surgery may be postponed or canceled.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
The Old-Fashioned Tummy-Tuck
Tumescent liposuction of the abdomen is so effective that few patients require the more dangerous tummy-tuck, also known
as an abdominoplasty. Patients who are obese and have a pendulous lower abdomen, often find that tumescent liposuction
will give a better cosmetic result than a tummy-tuck.
The traditional tummy-tuck involves several surgical steps. First, the subcutaneous fat is removed by liposuction or excision
with a scalpel; next, the surgeon excises a large piece of skin from the lower abdomen just above the pubic area; then, the
abdominal muscles are tightened using sutures; and finally, the large wound where the skin was excised is closed with staples
The two most important reasons to have a tummy tuck are 1) extensive laxity or spreading of the abdominal rectus muscles
as a result of pregnancy, 2) excessive loose skin and excessive stretch marks. Just because a surgeon recommends a
tummy-tuck does not mean that a tummy tuck is necessary. Some surgeons are unaware of the excellent results that can be
produced by liposuction without resorting to the more dangerous and the more expensive tummy-tuck. Compared to
liposuction, tummy tucks are associated with a much higher risk of serious complications, including fatal pulmonary embolism
(blood clots in the lung).
If a patient decides that a tummy-tuck is needed, it is usually much safer to separate the traditional tummy-tuck into two
separate surgical procedures. Abdominal liposuction should be the done initially. Then, one should wait a couple months and
evaluate the cosmetic results of liposuction before deciding to proceed to the skin-excision part of the tummy-tuck. The
surprising aspect of using this two-stage approach to abdominoplasty is the high degree of satisfaction that patients find from
liposuction alone. In fact, the vast majority of patients are so pleased with the results of liposuction alone that they decide not
to pursue the second stage skin resection.