Flanks/hips “Love Handles” Tumescent Liposuction
Sculpt your waist and flanks/hips
Both men and women accumulate fat in their flanks/hips as they age. Even men and women who are young or very thin may be holding on to a little extra around the waistline. With tumescent liposuction, patients can finally rid themselves of those stubborn love handles, trimming the waistline, and improving their body proportions.
Having a tumescent liposuction surgeon eliminate your love handles with liposculpture is much easier and safer than undergoing traditional liposuction. The process is simple:
- You are given a local anesthetic to numb the area.
- Your surgeon then places small incisions to begin the suctioning process with a cannula.
- Your tumescent liposuction surgeon uses slow, gentle movements to remove the fat, meaning limited pain, fewer bruises, and a rapid recovery for you. The entire tumescent liposculpture procedure usually lasts only about an hour and acts to reduce fat permanantly. Tumescent Liposuction patients need only local sedation, and most patients are back at work in one or two days.
- Tumescent Liposuction is permanent. Once fat cells are removed from the body, they do not grow back.
- Tumescent Liposuction produces noticeable results, leaving you with a sculpted, contoured, and slimmer waistline.
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Why choose tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips? Is it for men or women?
Both men and women benefit from liposuction of the flanks/hips. Tumescent Liposuction reduces excess adipose tissue along the sides of the abdomen and back, naturally tapering the waistline and restoring proportion to the body. Since moderate amounts of fat can be removed, patients see a more defined waistline. With tumescent liposuction, recovery is quick and post-op bruising and pain is minimal. Results are permanent, so you never have to worry about those love handles again.
What is tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips like?
Liposculpting is performed in a relaxing and luxurious spa-type setting with all the safety, sterility and standards of an operating room, under local anesthesia. Patients remain awake and alert during the entire procedure. First, the surgeon numbs the skin and places small incisions in the area. Using gentle suction, excess fat is removed with a small cannula. The procedure lasts for about one hour, and patients walk out of the office with their new, sculpted bodies.
Am I a good candidate for tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips?
Tumescent Liposuction of the flanks/hips and love handles is a safe procedure for most men and women who have a high accumulation of adipose tissue on the sides of the stomach or the back. If you can pinch more than a quarter inch of adipose tissue from above your belt line, tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips should improve your waistline by eliminating that fat permanently. Anyone who has had a gastric bypass, or has lost over 100 pounds might need to take extra precautions and might want to consider further skin-tightening procedures for loose skin. A consultation with the tumescent liposuction doctor can help address these issues.
Can tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Many patients choose to have their flank and love handle liposculpture procedure performed in conjunction with other procedures, especially abdominal Tumescent Liposuction. When tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips and abdominal liposculpting are combined, the surgeon can sculpt and slim the entire waistline, from front to back. Of course, not all patients need tumescent liposuction on their stomachs or other areas, so your surgeon can target the love handles alone and perform this procedure by itself if you prefer.
Will I have any scars or sagging skin after tumescent liposuction of the flanks/hips?
Tumescent liposuction of the love handles leaves only a couple of small incision sites, each only about 3mm wide or less. The incision sites are closed with a small suture and heal within a day or two, fading into the natural color of the surrounding skin. Scarring does not usually occur.
Anyone under the age of 60 with good skin tone will generally not have sagging skin and will instead see an improvement in skin tone and firmness. Older patients or those who have experienced dramatic weight loss may still experience sagging or lax skin. All Renew patients receive a complimentary SkinTyte skin tightening treatment after the fat is removed, and time has allowed for healing and any additional swelling to subside.
What are the post-op procedures for love handle tumescent liposuction?
Patients generally experience only mild discomfort after the procedure. You can walk immediately afterward, enjoy light to medium activities, and return to work in a day or two. Some, but not all, patients experience mild bruising. A compression garment is worn around the chest to promote healing, reduce swelling and provide the best overall results.
Some patients may experience swelling after the procedure. Good results are visible within three to four weeks; final results are seen within six months. While it does take a while for the swelling to subside, there is minimal to no pain involved. The most common discomfort patients experience is mild soreness, similar to the muscle ache that accompanies strenuous exercise.
Will love handle tumescent liposuction affect future pregnancies?
No. Abdominal liposuction removes only the excess adipose tissue from the flanks/hips and waistline and does not affect your muscles, organs, or ability to bear children.
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