No Love for the Handles: Treatments for Flabby Flanks By Stuart Baker on April 15, 2016

A woman's lower torsoLove handles and flabby flanks tend to be a source of major self-consciousness, especially when you're trying to slip into old clothes or looking to change your wardrobe for the warmer weather. If you're headed to the beach or out on vacation, love handles can make you less comfortable as you hit the water or take in some sun.

A leading plastic surgeon serving the greater Champaign area, Dr. Stuart Baker can help you look great thanks to body contouring and sculpting surgery designed to remove fat and tighten sagging skin. Let's help you get a grip on those love handles right now.

Why Do I Have Love Handles?

Love handles form as a result of weight gain. Whether you are a man or a woman, weight tends to accumulate around the abdominal area, particularly the lower abdomen and the sides. When you have a few extra pounds, the body fat tends to be situation in that part of the body. Given how metabolism slows down later in life, love handles tend to be more likely in middle age and advanced age, though they can be present at any point of life.

Many people think that they can just do crunches and certain exercises to target the love handles, but spot reduction does not work. The sure way to get rid of love handles that aren't responding to a healthy diet and regular exercise is to undergo liposuction.

Liposuction Is Often the Best Option

Liposuction uses careful techniques to target problematic bits of body fat located in different parts of the body. By undergoing liposuction, patients can have their love handles sucked away, giving them a trimmer, slimmer, and more athletic appearance in the process.

What You Should Know About Liposuction

Liposuction is meant for cosmetic enhancement only. It is not a weight loss surgery, and it shouldn't be considered as such. In fact, cosmetic surgeons can only remove a certain amount of body fat safely, and patients are asked to lose as much weight as they can through healthy living before deciding to undergo liposuction surgery.

Tummy Tuck Is Ideal for Sagging Flanks and Loose Skin

If your problem has more to do with loose skin around flanks and lower abdomen after major weight loss, the best option to consider is a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). This procedure removes loose skin around the stomach area, adjusts underlying structures, and pulls the remaining skin tighter to get rid of stretchmarks and sagginess or bagginess.

What You Should Know About Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery can be tailored to address your needs, meaning that a more invasive (extended tummy tuck) or less invasive (mini tummy tuck) can be performed. Liposuction is generally done as part of a tummy tuck surgery to help address contour issues around the abdominal region.

Discussing Body Contouring in Greater Detail

If you have issues with flab, sagging, or loose skin around the torso, there are plenty of body contouring and body lift options to consider. During a consultation at our practice, we'll be able to go over all of these options with you in greater detail.

Schedule a Consultation for Body Sculpting

For more information about body sculpting and contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Stuart Baker and his entire team will discuss all of your treatment options in greater detail.

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Dr. Stuart Baker

The Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Dr. Stuart Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. He has been recognized as a "master injector" by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® products, for excellent patient outcomes. In addition to being a skilled plastic surgeon, he is also an orthopedic hand surgery specialist. His prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons — ASPS 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — ASAPS 
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery — AACS 
  • American Medical Association — AMA 

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