The flanks, commonly known as love handles, are the area of the body between the ribs and the hips. This area is quite prone to developing localized fatty deposits.
At times, fatty pockets develop because of weight gain. In such cases, diet and exercise can reduce fat effectively but this may not eliminate all the fat you want gone.
In addition, these so-called love handles may develop due to genetic reasons as well. In such cases, unfortunately, there are very few natural remedies to eliminate this fat truly.
But the good news is that the flanks have many attributes that enable them to respond quite effectively to minimally invasive liposuction plastic surgery. The site is well-defined, which means that even a little reduction in fat produces dramatic improvements.
Stemming from this, the skin of the flanks area is usually quite elastic. This allows it to mold to the new, improved contours after liposuction. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides liposuction body contouring to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding communities.
Reasons for the Development of Love Handles
Various reasons such as pregnancy, aging, hormonal changes, or genetic predisposition can cause fat to accumulate in the area of the love handles.
While it is not possible to control many of these causes for the development of love handles, liposuction offers an effective solution to eliminate love handles and improve the contours of the body.
Liposuction plastic surgery also offers the advantage of permanently removing fat deposits in the treatment area. But it the patient puts on a substantial amount of weight, the fat cells that remain in this area, as well as other areas of the body, will grow larger.
Advantages of Flank Liposuction
- More sculpted contours and a more balanced body shape
- Sleeker physique
- As flanks influence clothing size, the patient may drop a dress size or two after flank liposuction
- Minimally invasive procedure with significantly lesser recovery time compared to more invasive forms of liposuction
- Safe and predictable procedure performed using only a local anesthetic
The surgeon will perform liposuction of the flanks using a device called a cannula. The cannula is a narrow steel tube that the surgeon will insert delicately into the fat layer of the flanks.
They will move the cannula back and forth within the fat layer while remaining completely parallel to the skin. This will disintegrate the fat cells, which will then be suctioned out of the body through the cannula.
The surgeon will use the minimally invasive tumescent liposuction technique which the use of only local anesthetic.
Flank liposuction cosmetic surgery produces different results in females and males. Liposuction for flanks enhanced the feminine body shape in women patients.
It offers an aesthetically attractive S-shaped curve to the lower back region that actually accentuates the buttocks in the process. In men, flank liposuction procedures more of a V-shape when seen from behind. In addition, flank reduction also procedures a generally slimmer and fit appearance in men.
Throughout the procedure, the surgeon will consider various aspects such as the patient’s skin elasticity and body proportions. This allows for results that are not only aesthetically appealing but also completely unique.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring surgery.
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