The area of the body between the ribs and the hips is known as the flanks, or love handles. This body area is prone to the development of localized fatty pockets. Sometimes these fat deposits may occur due to weight gain. Diet and exercise can effectively eliminate fat in such cases.
But genetic reasons may also be behind the development of these so-called love handles. Unfortunately, in such cases, there are very few natural measures to truly reduce this fat.
However, the flanks have many qualities that allow them to be quite responsive to minimally invasive liposuction plastic surgery.
The area is well-defined. This means that even a slight fat reduction can create remarkable improvements. In addition, the skin in the flank area is typically quite elastic, which enables it to conform to the new, enhanced contours following liposuction.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons, provide liposuction body sculpting to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
Causes for the Development of Love Handles
Multiple causes such as aging, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, or genetic predisposition can cause fat to deposit in the site of the love handles.
It is not possible to manage many of these reasons for the development of love handles. However, liposuction is an effective solution to reduce fat in this area and enhance the contours of the body in an effective manner.
Liposuction cosmetic surgery also provides the benefit of permanently eliminating fat pockets in the treated site. However, in case the patient gains a large amount of weight, the fat cells that remain in this region, as well as other parts of the body, will become larger.
Benefits of Flank Liposuction
- More defined contours and a balanced body shape
- Slimmer figure
- As flanks impact clothing sizes, the patient may drop one or two dress sizes after the procedure
- Minimally invasive procedure involving significantly lesser healing time in comparison to more invasive liposuction techniques
- Safe and predictable procedure undertaken using only local anesthesia
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 love handles.
Subsequently, they will maneuver the cannula back and forth within the fat layer while remaining entirely parallel to the skin. This breaks down the fat cells. Afterward, these fat cells will be suctioned out of the body through the cannula.
The minimally invasive tumescent liposuction technique will be used for the procedure. This technique only involves the use of local anesthetic. Flank liposuction plastic surgery creates distinct outcomes in men and women. In women patients, this procedure enhances the feminine figure.
It creates a beautiful S-shaped curve to the lower back area that accentuates the posterior in the process. In males, liposuction of the flanks produces more of a V-shape when viewed from behind. Additionally, flank reduction also develops an overall sleeker and fitter appearance in males.
During the procedure, the surgeon will take into account various factors, such as the patient’s anatomical proportions and skin elasticity. This will help them develop outcomes that are not only cosmetically attractive but also completely unique.
Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
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