No Love for the Love Handles: Liposuction of the Flanks By on August 30, 2016

Flabby flanks over a pair of jeansDo all of the crunches and ab work you want, go for targeted cardio as much as you can, and even after a few months you may just wind up frustrated. You still have love handles and flabby flanks. The fact of the matter is that spot reduction does not work. While you will be improving core strength and ab muscles, removing that last bit of stubborn fat is easier said than done through natural means.

If you still have issues with fat and flab after all that work, your best best may be a body contouring and fat removal surgery known as liposuction. The team at Mesna Plastic Surgery here in Minneapolis would like to consider some of the basics of liposuction, particularly how it can address issues with fat and flab along the flanks.

About Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic fat removal procedure that uses suction to remove deposits of fat. This is the sure way to remove unwanted fat from specific parts of the body. Given the way that body fat is distributed, it's very common for liposuction to be performed on the flanks and abdominal region.

Ideal Candidates for Liposuction

The best candidates for liposuction are people who have unwanted body fat that will not go away, even with regular exercise and a healthy diet. They should be in otherwise good overall health and not suffer from health problems that would make the procedure a potential health risk.

Keep in mind that liposuction is not intended for weight loss per se. You will lose a little weight from liposuction since it removed body fat. However, the surgery is intended for cosmetic body sculpting, not for overall weight reduction. Only a certain amount of body fat will be able to be removed safely. Surgeons will often ask patients to exercise and eat healthy leading into surgery to help ensure the best results and lasting fat reduction results.

Liposuction and the Flanks

Liposuction is a great options for the flanks and sides of both men and women. Those stubborn love handles and saddlebags can be removed with ease thanks to some smartly targeted liposuction. The problem area along the sides of the chest just below the armpits can also be targeted and sculpted for a trimmer and more appealing frame.

What to Expect During Liposuction

During liposuction, a small metal tube called a cannula is inserted into the treatment area. Using the cannula, body fat is carefully removed without doing damage to the muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues. Special preparation of the treatment area or a special kind of cannula may be used for optimal fat removal results.

Patients will be given local anesthetic to prevent serious pain and discomfort during the procedure. Those who undergo liposuction often report a mild discomfort and pinch as the cannula is inserted and manipulated.

The Results of Liposuction

The results of liposuction can be quite satisfying. Patients will have a better-toned and ultimately trimmer waistline. Since the cannula is small, there is virtually no visible scarring. Patients are asked to exercise regularly and eat healthy in order to prolong the results of liposuction for the years ahead.

Learn More About Liposuction

For more information about liposuction and how it can make you look trimmer, slimmer, and fitter, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery center today. The team at Mesna Plastic Surgery is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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