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Thigh Liposuction (in South Yarra, Melbourne)

Fat deposits that accumulate anywhere on the front, back, upper or lower thigh can occasionally be difficult to move through diet and exercise alone. Melbourne-based Dr Joni Feldman can remove these fat cells with tumescent liposuction. Before booking your surgery, we recommend you seek the opinions of two physicians before deciding on your physician of choice.

Leg calf and ankle liposuction in Melbourne


South Yarra Day Surgery 


Mild sedation & local anaesthetic


Mild sedation & local anaesthetic


3  weeks


1-2 hours


4-6 months

This information has been medically reviewed by Melbourne-trained cosmetic physician Dr Joni Feldman, M.B.B.S (MELB), General registration (MED0001156545).  F.F.M.A.C.C.S. Read more about Dr Feldman here >

Liposuction: Thighs/Hips – 2024 Before & After Photos

Thigh Liposuction - before - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction - BEFORE -Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
BEFORE - Thigh liposuction by Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
AFTER - Thigh liposuction by Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction -Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction - AFTER - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction - before - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction -AFTER - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne

The ‘before and after’ photographs on Dr Joni Feldman’s website illustrate examples of tumescent liposuction under local anaesthesia with assisted sedation. Results may vary, depending on the individual. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Read more about surgical risks here. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Combining treatment areas: inner thigh, outer thigh, hips…

Some women may choose to have liposuction performed on several areas of the body at once. For example, liposuction of the abdomen, inner thighs and outer thighs can be treated on the same day. Other women elect to have the inner knee area treated in conjunction with the inner thighs and perhaps under the buttocks.

If you would like to know more about lower leg liposuction, please see our page here.

Who should perform thigh liposuction?

As with all liposuction, it is imperative to choose a doctor with extensive experience in liposuction techniques. Before booking your surgery, we recommend you seek the opinions of two different physicians before deciding on your physician of choice.

Tumescent thigh liposuction: the procedure

Dr Feldman chooses to perform tumescent liposuction. All her liposuction procedures are performed in her registered day procedure centre in South Yarra.  This technique involves the injection of large quantities of fluid (containing a salt solution, and anaesthetic into the fat layer.

After liposuction on your thighs

Just a few hours after your thigh liposuction procedure, you’ll be able to return home. Pain and swelling after liposuctiion are usually minimal, and most patients require only minimal pain relief such as paracetamol. However thereis variation from patient to patient and some experience more pain than others. The pain will lessen considerably after the first week, with individuals describing the pain as a sensation similar to an extreme workout at the gym. However, liposuction is a surgical procedure and, as with all surgery, requires adequate care and healing time. You must carefully follow Dr Feldman’s instructions during this time.

You will be immediately given a compression garment to wear after your thigh liposuction procedure. This will help alleviate swelling, as well as reduce pain.  It’s imperative that you wear the garment for the exact time that Dr Feldman prescribes.

For more information read the Liposuction FAQs >

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

All sorts of people have liposuction. Providing you are healthy and well, you have carefully thought through the procedure’s pros and cons, and the doctor has deemed you suitable, you may be a candidate. Generally speaking, patients  have stubborn fat anywhere on their thigh area that they find difficult to shift through diet and exercise alone. For example, patients often want:

  • a more noticeable  thigh gap
  • to eliminate fat pouches,  or fat on the inside of their legs (between thighs)
  • thinner thighs and hips so that they are more comfortable wearing trousers or jeans
  • to eliminate  thighs or thick, heavy thighs
  • to reduce thigh fat without exercise (although less than ideal, sometimes it is impossible to exercise if you are injured or unable to exercise regularly)

Potential liposuction risks

All surgery carries risks. It is essential you understand all the risks involved with liposuction to make an informed decision before proceeding.

Complications associated with liposuction may include asymmetry, skin rippling, excessive loose skin, poor scarring, abnormal skin pigmentation, bleeding, infection, seroma formation (fluid accumulation under the skin), deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, swelling, poor wound healing, bruising, and a potential need for revision surgery.

Read more about potential liposuction risks here.

Dr Feldman will discuss all potential surgical risks with you at your initial consultation. She will be happy to address any concerns or questions so that you are fully informed before proceeding with your surgery.

Scientific research & reviews

Leg lymphoedema & lipodema

Study: Tobias Karlsson,  Mattias Hoffner, Karin Ohlin, Barbro Svensson, Håkan Brorson. Complete Reduction of Leg Lymphedema after Liposuction: A 5-Year Prospective Study in 67 Patients without Recurrence. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 2023.  Read more >

Review: Leif Perbeck, Sue Mellgrim. Lipedema an often overlooked but treatable disease. Lakartidningen. (Nov 13, 2017).  Read more >

Review: Anne Warren Peled, Elisabeth A Kappos.Lipedema: diagnostic and management challenges. Int J Womens Health, (Aug 2016). Read more >

Liposuction & liposculpture

Review: Elisa Bellini, Michele P Grieco, Edoardo Raposio. A journey through liposuction and liposculture. Ann Med Surg (Lond) (Nov 2017).  Read more >

For more information about thigh liposuction, contact Dr Feldman’s office today