7 Secrets for Perfect Legs

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Our legs are hard to get in shape, and even harder to keep that way. We asked seven top doctors to spill their best-kept secrets for getting and maintaining to-die-for legs.

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Fight the war against wrinkles 

“For knee wrinkles, I’ve found Ultherapy, technology that uses ultrasound energy, shows significant improvement. It does not require multiple treatments, but further improvement can be seen with a second treatment performed no sooner than six months apart. It has the potential to restore the legs to a more youthful appearance.” 

—Pensacola, FL, plastic surgeon Jocelyn E. Leveque, MD

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Moisture is a must

“Drink plenty of water. Great hydration makes skin look good all over the body, not just on the face. For smoother skin on the legs, I tell my patients to use Revision Skincare Nectifirm ($73). It’s meant for the neck, of course, but it works beautifully on that loose, crepey skin over the knees, too.” 

—Atlanta plastic surgeon Carmen M. Kavali, MD

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The law of lipo

“In order to prevent contour irregularities on the legs from liposuction, the procedure has to be performed by a surgeon who understands the dynamic between skin contractility and fat suctioning. Certain areas of the thigh can result in significant abnormalities if not suctioned well. Unfortunately, I have seen many of these cases done by other doctors over the years.” 

—New York plastic surgeon Daniel Maman, MD

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Pick up the slack

“There are a number of skin-tightening procedures, like Thermage, Ultherapy and ThermiTight, that can be used to correct minor skin laxity on the legs. We’re using ThermiTight a lot right now, which tightens loose skin in areas like the knees. If there is a lot of looseness, as well as skin folds, then a surgical procedure needs to be done.” 

—Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist David Amron, MD

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Customized treatments garner the best results

“To treat cellulite and tighten skin on the thighs, we do a lot of Thermage and TriPollar for our patients; for some patients, I just use TriPollar— the timing and number of treatments are determined by the issues we are trying to treat because crepey skin is treated differently than fat. I time the first TriPollar treatment within the first seven to 10 days after the Thermage treatment for really nice results.” 

—Richmond, VA, plastic surgeon Ruth Hillelson, MD

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The basics are key

“It all starts with a healthy diet and exercise. All the plastic surgery in the world is not going to help your legs look good if you don’t have good underlying muscle tone. Besides going to the gym, you should run or walk at least 30 minutes a day and use stairs whenever they’re an option. Skip the elevator whenever you can.” 

—Princeton, NJ, plastic surgeon Adam Hamawy, MD

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Massage matters

“After performing a procedure on the legs to tackle cellulite, like Cellfina, I recommend that patients do lymphatic massage to help minimize swelling and expedite healing. And, of course, keep their skin well hydrated with lotion.” 

—Reno, NV, plastic surgeon Tiffany D. McCormack, MD

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