It should go without saying at this point that the infamous “thigh gap” is nothing to strive for. Perhaps your body’s natural shape means you do indeed have that seemingly elusive (and oft-Photoshopped) flesh-free triangle, and that’s great! You look amazing just as you are. But for many of us, a thigh gap’s just never going to happen. That doesn’t mean we’re not all still intelligent, beautiful and sexy women… despite how hard fashion magazines and advertising campaigns try to tell us otherwise. And while most of us can accept that thigh gaps aren’t really in the cards for our bodies and we don’t spend too much time thinking about it, one plastic surgeon wants to put the subject back on the table.
That’s right – Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, California has developed a procedure they’re calling CoolSculpting, which claims it can freeze unwanted fat and yes, give you the thigh gap you weren’t born with and aren’t really meant to have. The FDA recently approved the procedure, and apparently 86% of those who’d tried the technology noticed a difference in thigh fat.
“I see a growing number of patients who, despite leading a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, cannot eliminate stubborn fat on certain parts of their bodies, and the thigh ranks high on the list to achieve the coveted space called the ‘thigh gap’,” said Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery. “We perform more CoolSculpting procedures here at Marina Plastic Surgery than at any other practice in the world. Being able to offer this procedure on three of the most challenging parts of the body – the abdomen, flank and now thighs – presents additional opportunities for my patients who want to improve the contour of their bodies without surgery,” he added.
I should state here that whether or not a woman chooses to undergo cosmetic procedures of any kind whatsoever is entirely her decision. If you feel more confident and beautiful after them, that’s even better, and no one can – or should – make you feel bad about it. But Marina Plastic Surgery’s technological advancement was not borne out of a desire to improve a woman’s self-image, but rather to further society’s message that you’re not thin enough or physically perfect enough unless you have a thigh gap – an idea which we all know is bullsh*t.
Ladies, I think it’s worth repeating this very important message: You are still a beautiful and complete woman (and human being in general) without a thigh gap – and that obtaining one via surgery or any other, perhaps more dangerous methods is not going to change your life. The sooner we ignore corporations and their attempts to push this unrealistic lifestyle on us, the sooner it will be forced to go away and we can keep on being our same amazing selves – even with our thighs touching.