On the Slimmer Side: Liposuction of the Flanks
The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery has helped change people's lives. We offer advanced cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures and have established ourselves as a leading Milwaukee surgical practice.
A number of patients who come to the practice have questions about liposuction and how it works. We'd like to consider how liposuction can be used on the flanks and sides in order to improve body contour and a person's overall figure.
Problem Fat and Flab on the Flanks
The flanks are of the biggest problem areas for people as they are trying to lose weight. It can be very frustrating if you want to lose those love handles or want to have that area around the chest and rib cage look trim, slim, and athletic. You can eat healthy, do lots of cardio, and do lots of exercises that target the abs and sides, but it may not get the job done.
The Myth of Spot Reduction
The biggest problem with losing weight is that spot reduction simply doesn't work. Fat reduction through natural means is never targeted to a specific area. While you may be working those abs and sides, the fat you want to lose may not be going away.
It's frustrating but natural. Thankfully, liposuction allows plastic surgeons to remove specific pockets of unwanted fat from targeted parts of the body. It's surgical spot reduction, in a sense.
How Liposuction Works
During liposuction, a thin metal tube known as a cannula is inserted under the skin. Suction is carefully applied to extract the unwanted fat. By moving the cannula carefully, the fat can be extracted without damaging any of the other soft tissue, allowing people to look trimmer and slimmer.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for liposuction are people who have unwanted pockets of fat that will not go away from regular diet and exercise. They should be in good health overall and be able to undergo liposuction without a major risk to their general health and wellness.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not intended for weight loss per se. While patients will lose weight from the removal of fat, the procedure itself is only intended for cosmetic fat removal. In fact, only a certain amount of fat can be safely removed in one session. Patients are asked to exercise and eat healthy leading into the surgery so that they can lose body fat naturally and maintain healthy lifestyle habits after the procedure to maintain the results.
The Results of Liposuction for the Flanks
The results of liposuction can be quite dramatic. Love handles can be easily removed, allowing you to have that toned and fit look that you've always wanted. In addition, liposuction can target the lower abdominal area, another problem area in many people. Those love handles and that spare tire can be taken away.
Is Liposuction Right for Me?
The best way to find out if liposuction is the right option for you and your needs is to come in for a consultation. We will be more than happy to go over all of these matters in greater detail so you can make smart choices about your body contouring and sculpting needs.
Learn More About Liposuction
For more information about liposuction and how it can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery is here to enhance your appearance and leave you looking trim, slim, and toned.