The love handles or flanks are the side of the body between the hip and the ribs. This body area has a tendency to develop fatty deposits. Sometimes, this fat may accumulate due to weight gain. In such cases, a person can successfully address the fat with diet and exercise.
However, at times these so-called love handles may also occur over time due to genetic factors. In such cases, there are very limited natural ways of removing this fat.
Thankfully, the flanks have various characteristics that make them respond very well to minimally invasive liposuction cosmetic surgery.
The area is well-defined, which means that even a slight reduction of fat produces excellent improvements. In addition, the skin in the flanks has good elasticity, enabling it to mold to the new and tighter contours after liposuction surgery.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides liposuction of the love handles to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities.
What Causes Love Handles?
Aging, pregnancy, other hormonal fluctuations, and genetic predisposition are some factors that can cause fat to be stored in the flanks. Many of these causes are beyond an individual’s control. Therefore, liposuction provides an effective solution to eliminate love handles.
Liposuction will eliminate love handles for good, and the unappealing area of fat will likely never return. This procedure eliminates fat cells permanently, allowing the patient to bid adieu to their love handles forever.
But in case the patient puts on a large amount of weight, the remaining fat cells in the treated area and other parts of the body become larger. Liposuction for love handles is not meant to be a treatment for obesity. Therefore, patients should consider liposuction plastic surgery only for the treatment of isolated areas of unwanted fat.
Benefits of Flank Liposuction
- More balance to the body
- Enhanced body contours
- Sleeker body shape
- As the flanks influence clothing size, the patient may drop a size or two after liposuction for love handles
- Minimally invasive procedure with significantly less recovery times in comparison to more invasive types of liposuction
- Very safe procedure, undertaken only under local anesthesia
The surgeon uses a device known as a cannula to perform flank liposuction. A cannula is a thin steel tube that the surgeon will delicately insert into the fat layer of the back.
They will move the cannula back and forth gently through the fat layer while remaining perfectly parallel to the skin. This will disintegrate the fat cells which are subsequently suctioned out of the body through a cannula.
Similar to every procedure that the surgeon performs, flank liposuction is also undertaken with minimally invasive tumescent liposuction. Only local anesthetic is used during this procedure.
The patient stays awake or is mildly sedated, and this liposuction technique leads to quicker healing and better outcomes than more invasive types of liposuction.
Flank liposuction offers men and women different results. In women, flank liposuction leads to enhancements in their feminine figure. It creates a beautiful S-shaped curve to the lower back region that enhances the rear as well.
On the other hand, flank liposuction creates more of a V-shape when viewing from the back. Flank reduction also creates a generally sleeker and fitter appearance in men.
Aspects to Consider
Throughout the liposuction procedure, the surgeon evaluates various factors such as the proportions of the patient’s body as well as skin elasticity. This enables the results to not only be beautiful, but also entirely unique to the patient.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for liposuction of the love handles.
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