It is difficult to find a woman who would be happy with her figure and did not dream of changing anything: reduce the hips, enlarge the chest, make a flat belly. And about beautiful, slender, attractive, long legs, perhaps, all the ladies of any age, desperately jealous of Hollywood beauties and proudly deforming on the podium mannequins dream. What to do, if nature has not given us so generously?
Is there really no way out, and we are doomed all life to wear high heels, maxi-skirts or trousers more loose, in order to hide the imperfection of the legs? Perhaps 20-30 years ago the answer would be a sad “yes”, but in our time the situation has changed – orthopedists and cosmetologists offer a variety of methods that allow you to correct not only the shape, but also the length of the legs, improving both the figure and the well-being , and mood.
Usually women, for the sake of finding the ideal forms of referring to cosmetic surgeons, there are many questions caused by misconceptions about the procedure for changing the shape of the legs. We will try to answer the frequently asked questions, incidentally debunking the most persistent myths about leg correction.
Elongation of legs – the procedure is simple.
Absolutely mistaken opinion. The procedure for lengthening the legs is quite complicated and traumatic, like any surgical intervention, fraught with complications (infection, thrombosis, bleeding, improper bone fusion, etc.). The patient who has decided on the operation should have the most complete idea of what he is going to have, be ready to comply with a certain regime and strictly follow the doctor’s recommendations.
In a day or two after the operation for lengthening the legs, you can be treated out-patient.
No, being in the hospital for the duration of the treatment is one of the most important conditions for achieving the desired result.
After the operation, the legs can become arbitrarily long.
No, there are certain restrictions. The maximum increase in height depends on the initial proportions of the patient, the extensibility of the tissues, and is 8-9 cm, not more.
If the tibia is asymmetric, you can perform surgery on only one leg – and the problem will be solved.
Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If, as a result of a trauma or a previous illness, only one leg is curved in the patient – surgery can really be carried out only on one limb. The result is the restoration of the correct shape of the foot, the elimination of asymmetry. But if there is dysplasia (abnormal growth of bones) – as a rule, changes appear on both legs, although to varying degrees. In this case, surgery on both legs is inevitable.
Curves can be corrected only surgically.
All depends on the degree of curvature. If the deviation is small (less than 15 °), the legs can be aligned by using special exercises (and, the earlier the curvature is noted and the exercises are applied, the better). However, this process takes time, patience and considerable effort.
Implants used to flatten the crooked legs are more dangerous than osteotomy.
This is not quite true. For an ideal restoration of leg symmetry, implants are used, modeled with modern computer programs. Implants for the feet (as well as breast implants) have an elongated shape, consist of an elastic sheath and a filler gel (differing only in a higher degree of viscosity). The length and thickness of the implants are selected individually for each patient. The osteotomy method is also used, but this operation is rather painful, the rehabilitation period is long and fraught with complications.
On the legs after the operation to correct the curvature of the shins, there are quite noticeable scars.
It all depends on which method you chose. For example, after endoprosthetics (i.e., correcting the shape of the legs by inserting an implant), a postoperative scar of 4-4.5 cm remains in the natural fold of the skin.After all, the prosthesis for correcting the shape of the shin is injected through a small incision in the popliteal fossa. But after an osteotomy, visible scars can really remain, requiring a subsequent cosmetic correction.
Already a month after the operation, the final result will be seen.
A completely erroneous opinion, especially when it comes to osteotomy. In this case, gradual elimination of deformation is carried out after the operation by twisting certain nuts in Ilizarov’s apparatus. In order for the bones to grow together in the right position, it will take a month and a half to restore the shape of the muscles and ligaments will also take a long time. Therefore, the final result of the operation, you can assess only after it passes several months from the time of removal of the apparatus.
Any workloads after foot surgery are contraindicated for a long time, but about running, ballroom dancing, etc. generally have to forget forever.
Of course, some time after the operation, the load will have to be reduced significantly. However, after six months or a year, when the bone at the site of surgery acquires a normal structure and density, the load can be gradually increased. Many patients after operations of this kind have returned to professional sports (tennis, football, gymnastics, etc.) and dancing. The main thing is not to force events and strictly follow all the doctor’s recommendations.
Lipofilling is the safest method of increasing too thin shins.
Indeed, lipofilling is used to correct the shape of the legs, i.e. transplantation of fat cells. However, it should be remembered that only 50-70% get accustomed, therefore the surgeon during the operation introduces a somewhat larger volume of such cells. The final result will be visible only after 4-6 months, but, due to instability of achievement, asymmetry of the shins may occur.
In order to remove excess fat in the region of the lower leg or thighs, only one operation is required.
Actually, liposuction in the thighs and above the knees is performed only on half of the circumference of the leg. This is done in order to minimize the possibility of edema formation after surgery. And only after 5-6 months, liposuction is performed on the second part of the leg circumference.
If the leg muscles are too large – you can simply cut off the “extra” fiber.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. It should be remembered that the removal of muscle fibers necessarily causes lameness – after all, they are involved in motor functions. Therefore, in the case when the fullness of the legs is due to powerful muscles, cosmetologists can only correct the shape of the calves with the help of implants.