The love handles are a source of frustration for men and women. Also referred to as flanks, these deposits of fat can be difficult to target with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Greg Gaines recommends liposuction to patients with stubborn deposits of fat in the flanks to create a slimmer, more contoured figure. This simple procedure can eliminate excess fat in the flanks so you can feel more confident in your body and more comfortable in your clothes. Read on to learn more about liposuction of the flanks, performed by Dr. Gaines at our Gainesville, FL office.

Stubborn Love Handles

Love handles are deposits of fat that form along the sides of your waist, or your flanks. These fat deposits can develop quickly and are difficult to eliminate. Love handles typically form as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise. However, even if you transform your diet and exercise habits and begin losing weight, your love handles may remain. Despite the countless exercises designed to target the flank area specifically, these stubborn fat deposits are often unresponsive.

How Liposuction of the Flanks Can Help

When diet and exercise do not produce the results you want in reducing or eliminating your love handles, liposuction can help. When you meet with Dr. Gaines, he will evaluate your flanks and determine how much fat removal is needed to achieve the contours you desire. For enhanced results, you can include other areas in your liposuction procedure, such as the abdomen or thighs. You can also combine liposuction with other procedures, like a tummy tuck.

Liposuction can take less than an hour to complete. Dr. Gaines creates tiny, discreetly placed incisions on either side of the waist. A flexible tube, known as a cannula, is inserted through the incisions. He will gently move the cannula to break up the fat, which is then suctioned out through the tube. Most patients can return to work within just a few days of the procedure, and can resume regular activities within a month or so.

Benefits of Liposuction

The primary benefit of liposuction is the elimination of stubborn, unwanted fat in the flanks. It is a safe and effective procedure that can improve contours for a slimmer figure. Because the incisions needed for liposuction are so small, they are nearly invisible, so you can feel confident about your skin. By eliminating love handles or a “muffin-top”, you may experience heightened self-confidence and greater comfort with the clothing you wear. Stubborn, excess fat can lead to discouragement, which can lead to patients giving up on their healthy lifestyles. By removing the unwanted excess fat, many patients feel greater motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle of nutritional diet and regular exercise.

Eliminate Your Love Handles Today

If you have struggled with weight loss, particularly in the flank region, liposuction may help you achieve the slimmer contours you desire. Contact Gaines Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment and find out if liposuction is right for you.