Liposuction, or lipo, is a cosmetic procedure that removes pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. Fat can collect in many areas of the body, but two of the most common areas are the waistline/flanks and the hip/outer thigh region. The colloquial terms “muffin top” and “love handles” are often used to describe the excess fat that rolls out and over an individual’s waistline, while the term “saddlebags” refers to the pouches of fat that protrude from the hip and upper thigh area.

Treating muffin tops and saddlebags with liposuction is highly effective because the treatment areas are large, which makes the removal of fat less complicated than removing it from smaller areas. The process involves small incisions in the target site, through which a cannula, or hollow needle, is inserted. The cannula is moved manually through the pockets of fat to loosen the cells before they are suctioned out of the body. Oftentimes, a tumescent solution is injected into the treatment site first, which aids in breaking down and extracting fat cells.

It should be noted that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. Patients considering a fat removal procedure will experience a more favorable outcome when they are within 10 percent of their goal weight. Weight maintenance after liposuction is equally important, because gaining weight will cause fat cells in untreated areas of the body to inflate and may distort body proportions.

Patients considering liposuction to treat muffin tops and saddlebags should consult with several plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who can determine candidacy for the procedures. Many residents of Tampa, FL, who are seeking an experienced liposuction surgeon turn to Board Certified Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald was educated and trained at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago, and has extensive experience performing many different liposuction procedures.

Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522 for more information.