When we think of ways that most people may want to tune up their bodies, we may come up with several ideas. While not usually near the top of the list, the complaint of saddlebags is often brought up to plastic surgeons. “Saddlebags” is the term given to excess fat around the hips and upper, outer thigh area. Accumulated fat in this area can create a disproportionate shape, usually in women. Studies suggest that saddlebags may form more easily when the glute-hamstring tie-in is underdeveloped. However, once fat forms in this area, it can be difficult to get rid of by strengthening and toning the glutes. This is true even for women who are relatively thin.
If you have tried to get rid of saddlebags by dieting and exercising, you may be hitting a plateau of frustration right about now. Know that you’re not alone. Also, know that the hip and outer thigh area is one of the most common areas addressed with liposuction.
What Causes Saddlebags?
There is no telling where fat is more likely to accumulate on any person’s body. This is largely determined by genetics. What surprises many people is to discover that hormones can also play a role. It is hormones that make women more prone to fat accumulation in the hip and abdominal areas. As you may have learned through your own experience, the hip area is even more of a challenge to reduce with diet and exercise than the stomach. This is why liposuction may be an ideal solution for this frustrating problem.
Slimming the Hips with Liposuction
Dr. Rosenthal is an experienced plastic surgeon who has been recognized as one of the best in Silicon Valley. She performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. Patients are monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist throughout their procedure. After the anesthesia has begun to wear off, patients are released to be escorted home by a loved one.
There are many liposuction techniques used today. Dr. Rosenthal employs ultrasonic technology, which liquefies fat cells using high-frequency ultrasound. The liquefied cells are then easily extracted through a thin, hollow tube. Because ultrasonic technology heats subcutaneous tissue, this surgical method also smooths loose skin for a more uniform result.