The flanks, popularly known as love handles, are the area of the body between the ribs and the hips. This region is prone to the development of localized fatty pockets.
Sometimes fatty deposits can occur due to weight gain. Diet and exercise can effectively reduce fat in such cases.
But these so-called love handles may develop due to genetic reasons as well. Unfortunately, in such cases, there are very few natural remedies to remove this fat.
However, the good news is that the flanks have many qualities that allow them to respond very effectively to minimally invasive liposuction cosmetic surgery. This area is well-defined, and this means that even a slight reduction in fat creates dramatic improvements.
Moreover, the skin of the flanks area is typically quite elastic. This enables it to mold to the new, enhanced contours following liposuction.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction body sculpting to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities.
Reasons for the Development of Love Handles
Fat can accumulate in the flanks area due to various reasons such as hormonal changes, pregnancy, aging, or genetic predisposition. It is not possible to control many of these factors that cause the development of love handles, but liposuction provides an effective solution to remove love handles and enhance body contours.
Liposuction plastic surgery also provides the benefit of permanently eliminating fat pockets in the treatment area. However, in case the patient gains a large amount of weight, the fat cells that remain in this area, as well as other body areas, will become larger.
Benefits of Flank Liposuction
- More defined contours and a more balanced physique
- Sleeker figure
- The patient may drop a dress size or two after flank liposuction as the flanks influence clothing size.
- Minimally invasive procedure involving much lesser recovery time in comparison to more invasive types of liposuction
- Safe and predictable procedure undertaken using only local anesthetic
The surgeon will undertake flank liposuction using a device known as a cannula. The cannula refers to a thin steel tube that the surgeon will insert gently into the fat layer of the flanks.
They will then move the cannula back and forth inside the fat layer while remaining parallel to the skin. This will break down the fat cells, and these cells will be taken out of the body through the cannula.
In this procedure, the surgeon will use the minimally invasive tumescent liposuction technique, which involves the use of only local anesthetic.
Liposuction of the flanks creates different outcomes in men and women. In women patients, it enhances the feminine body shape.
It creates a cosmetically appealing S-shaped curve to the lower back area that actually accentuates the butt in the process. In males, flank liposuction creates more of a V-shape when viewed from behind. In addition, flank reduction also produces a generally fit and slimmer appearance in males.
The surgeon will consider various factors such as the patient’s body proportions and skin elasticity throughout the procedure. This allows for outcomes that are not only cosmetically attractive but also entirely unique to the patient.
Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring.
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