Every person has their body ideal, and as they get closer to achieving it, they begin focusing on the small, often difficult to attain, details. For many women, the “thigh gap” may be one of the most elusive physical standards to achieve. But trying to get a thigh gap through weight loss or surgery can be surprisingly risky, as well. Read on to find out ways to safely accomplish your body ideal, including the thigh gap.
What is a Thigh Gap, and How Can This Beauty Ideal Be Dangerous?
The thigh gap is the space between the thighs that’s visible when standing up with the feet together. When an individual has fat around their thighs, the gap closes when standing in this position. Providing an individual is at a healthy weight, the absence of a thigh gap does not indicate a health issue. The thigh gap is strictly a beauty ideal.
Some women are genetically predisposed to carry extra fat around their inner thighs, making this a challenging standard to realize. This frequently causes them to take drastic measures to achieve this unrealistic goal, such as extreme dieting or invasive medical procedures that require the use of anesthesia. Upon reaching an ideal weight, some individuals realize that they still don’t have a thigh gap, and they continue to drop to unhealthy weight levels.
What Causes Inner Thigh Fat and How to Reduce It
The most prevalent cause of excessive inner thigh fat is obesity. Individuals with a high BMI (over 25 for women) frequently have excessive fat around the inner thighs as well as other body parts. But as many discover, having a normal or even low BMI doesn’t always result in a thigh gap. That’s because genetics are also a significant factor when it comes to body fat. If you’re genetically predisposed to gain weight in the inner thighs, it will be significantly more difficult for you to achieve a thigh gap than someone who doesn’t have a similar predisposition.
The types of exercise you do can also affect your ability to have a more prominent thigh gap. The more muscular your inner thighs are, the less likely fat build-up will close your thigh gap. Leg-intensive cardio, like running and cycling, and resistance exercises designed to strengthen the inner thigh muscles can help promote the thigh gap.
What is a Healthy and Realistic Thigh Weight Loss Goal
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to personal health is that weight loss and fat reduction are interchangeable terms. While weight loss generally results in fat reduction and fat reduction often leads to a decrease in weight, when most people say they want to lose weight, what they really mean is that they want to reduce fat. In fact, many people who are close to their body goals will gain weight as they build muscle and reduce fat.
With this understanding, it can be extraordinarily difficult to diet away inner thigh fat, particularly if you’re predisposed to fat around the thighs. If you are overweight, dieting and exercise are the preferred approaches to reducing fat and dropping body weight. On the other hand, if you are in a healthy weight range, trying to draw down your weight even further can be dangerous. However, there are also other techniques for reducing thigh fat.
Benefits to Laser vs. the Downsides of a Thigh Lift
When it comes to medical body-part-specific fat reduction, there are both invasive and non-invasive procedures. While both types of medical procedures can be effective, surgery has several disadvantages.
Thighplasty (Inner Thigh Lifts)
“Thighplasty” and “thigh lifts” are interchangeable terms. This involves a surgeon making an incision at the top of the leg, removing part of the skin, and pulling it up. If there is an excessive amount of fat around the thigh, the surgeon may also perform liposuction before the thigh lift in a separate procedure. As is the case with any surgery, thighplasty involves pre-surgery consultations. In addition, the surgery requires a seven to ten-day recovery time from normal activities and a longer period before the patient can work out. Bruising and swelling last for about a month, and scarring is not uncommon. There are risks involved with anesthesia, and depending on whether the patient requires liposuction, they may have to be put under twice. For all of these reasons, many patients prefer laser lipolysis to remove fat.
Laser Lipolysis – Inner Thigh Laser Fat Removal
Most people aren’t aware of how laser fat removal works. With inner-thigh fat removal, a low-level laser or “cold laser” targets the thigh fat cells below the skin. It then bores tiny pores into the fat cells while emulsifying (melting) the lipids inside. The liquified fats then drain through the holes where they are safely eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. Unlike thighplasty procedures, laser lipolysis is non-invasive. Here are some benefits to inner thigh laser fat removal:
- The procedure is non-invasive.
- There is no recovery time. You can resume full activity immediately after leaving your appointment.
- Sessions only last 30 minutes and can be scheduled around work.
- There is no need for anesthesia.
- The procedure is painless.
- Most patients see results in under two weeks, with full results achieved in 12.
- You can target more than one body area at a time.
- Emerald Laser fat removal is less expensive than thighplasty.
Why Choose Emerald Laser by Erchonia
Erchonia is a pioneer in the field of medical laser lipolysis. While there are several fat removal systems available, Emerald Laser is the only system market approved by the FDA for patients with a BMI over 30. The efficacy of Emerald Laser was established in three double-blind studies, which proved that Erchonia’s laser reduced body circumference.
One important distinction between Emerald Laser and other commercial lasers is that it does not kill the fat cells in the lipolysis process. This is considered superior since destroying fat cells can lead to disproportionate fat gains in other areas of the body, including near vital organs. Other procedures like fat freezing and liposuction also kill the fat cells.
Frequently Asked Questions About Emerald Laser Inner-Thigh Fat Removal
If you’re ready to safely create a thigh gap, here are some frequently asked questions that our patients have asked.
Does Laser Lipolysis Hurt?
The skin in your upper thigh is sensitive. Most Emerald Laser patients, however, feel no pain during or after their session.
How Do I Avoid Regaining Fat After Laser Lipolysis?
The most effective way to avoid fat gain is with an active lifestyle and a calorie-neutral diet. However, if you should regain fat in your inner thighs, you can repeat the course of treatments at a later time.
How Much Does Emerald Laser Lipolysis Cost?
Most of our providers charge between $1,500 and $2,500 for six sessions depending on the individual procedure. Most of them offer free consultations.
Schedule your Emerald Laser consultation with a provider in your area now.Tags: inner thigh fat removal