Many people wish they could be taller or have longer, leaner legs. Slim legs not only make your overall body appear thinner, but also look amazing in skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, and shorts. Sadly, your height is mostly determined by genetics, and you’re unlikely to grow any taller once you reach adulthood, so we can’t actually increase our skeletal height. Women in particular are prone to carrying more weight on the lower body around the hips, thighs, and pelvis due to the effects of hormones, and it is typically more difficult to lose fat from these areas than any other part of the body. Nevertheless, if your legs are naturally shorter or thicker, there are techniques you can use to make them more sculpted and create the illusion of elongating the legs. Consider non-surgical fat reduction, which our Los Angeles-based Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team offers, in addition to these other tips:
1. Exercise to Tone Muscles
Cardio may not necessarily change your body shape, but it helps to reduce overall body fat, and your legs may become leaner as well. Exercises such as lunges, bridges, side leg extensions, deadlifts, and squats give legs a more sculpted appearance. Just be careful not to overdo them if you don’t want a muscular look.
2. Do Stretches
Exercises that include stretches such as yoga and ballet stretches can loosen your spine and muscles and help you to stand taller.
3. Choose the Right Clothes and Shoes
What you wear can make a major difference to the appearance of your legs. Avoid cropped pants, and choose vertical rather than horizontal stripes, high-waisted pants, and skinny, dark jeans.
4. Improve Your Posture
Try to stand straight and tall with your shoulders back and your stomach pulled in.
5. Try CoolSculpting®
Even though you can’t lose fat from your legs through targeted exercises, fat freezing with CoolSculpting® is one way of getting rid of some of the excess fat from the inner and outer thighs and below the buttocks, especially if hormones or genetics make you prone to storing more fat in those areas.
Learn about non-surgical fat reduction and other aesthetic treatments from Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. To find out more about the benefits of CoolSculpting® treatments, submit a contact form or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.