You’ve squatted. You’ve lunged. You’ve dieted. You’ve run for miles. Yet still, you’re unhappy with the uneven tone and excess curves of your thighs that look nothing like the sleek, supple legs of the bodacious singer-actress Beyonce. While she might have good genes and youth going for her, it’s certainly possible for you to achieve more toned, smooth, cellulite-free lower limbs. Here are four solutions to consider:
Skin toners: For an injection-free treatment, consider skin-toning machines that utilize laser, heat and radiofrequency energy to massage away dimpled skin. A treatment like Triactive uses suction rollers and massage to purportedly improve circulation, elasticity and collagen production on a temporary basis. Velashape II combines suction, massage, radiofrequency lasers and heat to smooth the skin, and is considered one of the most promising procedures of its type.
Sclerotherapy: All the exercise in the world seems pointless for legs that are marked with spider and varicose veins. These enlarged veins make their way to the skin’s surface, creating unsightly webs or bulges. With sclerotherapy, a skilled physician will insert a tiny needle with medication that causes the veins to dissolve over time. It’s particularly effective for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. A new vein-collapsing agent, Asclera, recently received FDA approval. Because it was originally created as a local anesthetic, it causes less pain during injection.
Traditional liposuction: This is a great option for the outer thighs, especially if you’ve kept up with your exercise routine. Your skin is more elastic in this area, which responds best to liposuction. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make a small incision in the groin or hip, and then insert a tool called a cannula. The cannula is used in a back-and-forth motion, suctioning out unwanted fat. The outer thigh traditionally responds best to liposuction, but a skilled plastic surgeon can effectively deliver smooth, fat-free inner thighs as well.
Laser liposuction: This version is sometimes recommended for skin that has gone a bit slack. During the treatment, a laser light is applied to the area to heat up the deeper tissues, possibly promoting collagen production and tightening the skin. However, some physicians don’t believe the lasers add enough benefit to offset the risk of burns. Stimulating collagen with a radiofrequency treatment like the skin-tightening Thermage, may be a safer option.
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