Liposuction for Saddle Bags
The female body tends to have a genetic predisposition for accumulating fatty tissue in specific areas, particularly the hips. While some men also struggle with wide hips or saddlebags, family heritage can make this problem even worse for women. Liposuction for saddlebags offers a safe and effective method for eliminating stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
Dr. Rappaport of the Houston Center for Plastic Surgery is sensitive to the feelings of self-consciousness and frustration that women face when it comes to appearance and self-image. For these reasons, he makes it a point to sit down with each patient and understand her personal aesthetic goals. Read on to see how liposuction for saddlebags works and how we go about helping you restore your body’s more slender contours.
The Saddlebag Syndrome
Hormones and genetics play an active role in the development of saddlebags, which are excess fatty deposits that appear on the hips. Women, in particular, tend to develop fat on the hips, especially as the body ages and metabolic processes slow. As you likely already know, cardio workouts, targeted strength training or any other form of diet and exercise often do little to eliminate these problem areas.
Liposuction offers the perfect solution for trimming the hips and restoring a natural contour to the body. If you’re at or near a healthy weight and have good skin elasticity, liposuction may be the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s a relatively straightforward procedure that’s done on an outpatient basis and, in most cases, requires a short, two week recovery time.
There are more than a few liposuction techniques available. The method that you and your doctor decide upon will be based on personal preference as well as which technology will offer the best results. Dr. Rappaport has done hundreds of liposuction procedures, and has the training and expertise needed to deliver the superior results you expect.
Liposuction Options for Saddlebags
Traditional liposuction methods are outpatient procedures that use a general anesthetic, so you’ll be asleep during the surgery. A small tube, called a cannula, is inserted underneath the skin in the target area. The doctor uses the cannula to break up fatty tissue, and suction draws the fat out through the tube. While tradition liposuction is highly effective at removing fat, other more advanced and efficient methods for more detailed contouring may be used instead.
Laser liposuction uses low-energy waves that liquefy targeted fatty tissue. The use of a laser allows for more precision, so the surrounding skin and blood vessels remain unharmed. This added precision enables your doctor to liquefy and remove fatty material in a way that creates more defined body contouring than traditional liposuction. Cannula sizes are also typically smaller than those used for traditional liposuction.
Just as the name implies, ultrasound liposuction uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fat tissue. While a local anesthetic can be used, large areas of fat removal may require a general anesthetic. Like laser liposuction, ultrasound methods enable your doctor to remove stubborn fat pockets and more precisely target specific areas than traditional methods.
Liposuction, in general, entails sculpting and contouring the tissue to enhance your body’s natural profile. It’s not uncommon for women who undergo liposuction for saddlebags to have other areas of the body treated to create a more balanced look. Since other areas, such as the belly, waist and thighs can also take on excess fatty tissue, having one or more of these areas done along with hip liposuction will dramatically improve the body’s look as a whole.
Inner and outer thigh liposuction eliminates stubborn fatty deposits that are resistant to the effects of diet and exercise. Likewise, liposuction can trim fat on the abdomen and create a slimming effect along the flanks and backside. Dr. Rappaport can help you determine which area enhancements will produce the best proportions and contours for your body type. If you’re considering liposuction for saddlebags and have more questions about the procedure, call us here at the Houston Center for Plastic Surgery at 713-766-5272 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rappaport and discover if liposuction is right for you.