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Picking out clothes to wear can be a Herculean task, especially for those of us who have a thicker lower body. Choosing the right pants feels like a treasure hunt, and you’d probably shy away from skirts and body-hugging dresses too.

Another problem with thick thighs that you may deal with: thigh chafing.

Why does this happen, and what triggers this issue? Keep reading, as Daily Vanity lays out the facts about thigh chafing and shares the effective fat-reducing solution you can consider trying.

What causes thigh chafing?

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You may not have heard of thigh chafing before, but there’s a good chance you might have experienced it at some point in your life.

One of the most common thigh-related skin problems, thigh chafing is essentially a result of skin-to-skin friction when your inner thighs rub against each other, similar to how blisters form on your feet as a result of wearing shoes that are too tight.

This type of friction can also happen when your skin rubs against the fabric of your pants for an extended period of time, leading to dryness, irritation, blisters, and even the breakdown of the skin.

Heat and humidity are arguably the largest causes of thigh chafing, and your risk of thigh chafing may inevitably increase with any of the following factors:

  • You’re sweating, either from exercise or from everyday activities
  • You’re walking or running frequently
  • You’re wearing thin leggings, skirts, or shorts that don’t provide enough barrier between your thighs
  • You’re wearing cotton or other fabrics that don’t absorb enough moisture
  • There’s trapped moisture between skin folds

How do you know when you’re experiencing thigh chafing?

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When you experience skin chafing in the thighs, trust us when we say you’ll know.

But, here’s a list of symptoms to know in case you need a few things to look out for when you’re dealing with thigh chafing:

  • Skin redness
  • Blister-like lesions or boils
  • A flat rash
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain
  • Itchiness during the healing process

If you have frequent chafing, you may also start seeing brown spots on your inner thighs.

These spots form when your skin heals after a chafing episode, but they may recur if you experience inner thigh chafing continuously because it also causes hyperpigmentation.

The #1 culprit of thigh chafing = thigh fat

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We can’t run from heat and humidity in sunny Singapore but skin chafing is made worse when there’s fat accumulation in the thigh area.

This type of fat is notorious for being incredibly easy to gain but extremely difficult to lose.

Excess thigh fat is commonly linked to genetics or a sedentary lifestyle, where your body is hardwired to convert any extra calories you consume into fat, which are likely to stay rent-free in areas like your thighs.

Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these stubborn fat deposits on the thighs.

If you are planning or have embarked on a strict dieting regime and exercise to tackle stubborn fat, chances are you will lose weight overall and improve your metabolism and health. Unfortunately, you cannot “programme” your body to lose fat where you want it to be.

Spot reduction through working out – which refers to targeted exercises that supposedly zoom into a particular area of the body for fat reduction – is nothing but a myth.

Here’s an effective way to reduce stubborn fat and tone up the thigh area

Liposuction in modern times is no longer a gruesome and bloody affair. In fact, with the advancement of techniques, tools and technologies, liposuction has gained more brownie points, as it remains the number one go-to procedure worldwide for the removal of excess fat.

However, liposuction should not be mistaken as a tool for weight loss. Rather, it is an effective body surgical treatment to correct disproportionate body shapes and remove fat that does not budge with diet or exercise.

Women genetically predisposed to fat gain on the lower limbs, such as inner and outer thighs, knees and calves, will benefit from this procedure.

The liposuction performed by Dr. Ivan Puah, medical director of Amaris B. Clinic, is markedly different from the ones offered by others.

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An advocate that body sculpting surgeries are 70 per cent art and 30 per cent science, Dr. Ivan Puah developed his proprietory liposuction approach called the MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo technique for comprehensive fat removal and harmonising natural body contours and musculature.

“Body fat characteristics, thickness and distribution, are just like fingerprints and are unique for each individual. Further, other factors that we need to consider include skin laxity, presence of stretch marks, cellulite and whether the patient has any other fat reduction treatment done before.

These are contributing factors to the end results for the patient. In my opinion, liposuction cannot be done in a cookie-cutter manner. Instead, it is a delicate procedure involving meticulous contouring,” explains the MOH-accredited liposuction doctor who’s also the chairman of the Lipo Peer Review Committee in Singapore.

This means that Dr. Ivan Puah’s Liposuction with MDC-Sculpt® Lipo technique is tailored according to your troubled zone, needs, and optimal goal to achieve the best possible results.

Apart from the thighs, the procedure can also effectively treat areas like flabby arms, round abdomen, love handles (waist), and calves.

“MDC-Sculpt® Lipo technique is developed with my patients in mind. No one body shape is the same, and this approach allows me to place strategic incisions to maximise the reach out to the fat layers for a thorough removal.

At the same time, it allows me to sculpt the area while keeping scarring to the bare minimum. Loose skin is always a concern for patients, and this technique enables the skin to be retracted and tightened,” shares Dr. Ivan Puah.

Compared to non-invasive fat reduction treatments that claim to remove up to 20% of fat tissues over several sessions, liposuction with the MDC-Sculpt® Lipo technique is a one-time procedure that can remove more than 90% of localised tissue subcutaneous fat.

This technique is less abrasive than traditional liposuction, which translates to faster recovery with lesser bruising and discomfort for patients.

Let Amaris B. Clinic help you achieve toned, slender thighs effectively and safely

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For the uninformed, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore is strict about which health professionals can perform liposuction. This is why liposuction licenses are issued based on strict criteria, and only a certified, recognised, and licensed doctor is allowed to perform liposuction in Singapore.

Dr. Ivan Puah is accredited by MOH to perform liposuction. He is also a VASER® Certified physician who has received multiple body sculpting training in Colorado and Argentina and was trained by renowned French plastic surgeon, Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier, in syringe liposculpture.

The combination of Dr. Ivan Puah’s surgical experience and the degree of the meticulous face and body sculpting that he adheres to is what distinguishes Amaris B. Clinic from other liposuction providers.

What you may not know about Amaris B. Clinic is that it’s more than just another aesthetic clinic.

Setting itself apart from its peers, Amaris B. Clinic has expanded its suite of comprehensive treatments and services to include integrative medicine such as weight loss, fitness assessment, pain management, sports injury rehabilitation, and myotherapy.

Ready to safely say goodbye to thigh chafing permanently and not be riddled by your clothing any longer? Leave it to the team of medical professionals at Amaris B. Clinic to help with their fully personalised approach to your treatment.

Amaris B. Clinic is located at 140 Arab Street, Singapore 199827. Call 6536 4211 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

This article is brought to you by Amaris B. Clinic.