Say Sayonara To Saddlebags

It's no secret that fat is hard to banish-and one of the most obstinate offenders is the area between the hips and thighs. Commonly referred to as saddlebags, these pockets of fat create hard-to-budge bulges that can generate an unsightly silhouette. “In both men and women, excess fat can end up just about anywhere; however, women tend to store it in the abdominal area, the hips or thighs,” says Concord CA, plastic surgeon Eric Mariotti, MD.

When diet and exercise seem like a long shot for getting rid of unwanted weight in the thighs and hips, liposuction may be the next best solution. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision before inserting a surgical tool known as a cannula to vacuum out fat beneath the skin. “The best liposuction candidates are those at, or near, their goal weight yet still have problem areas they wish to address, says Richmond, VA, plastic surgeon Ruth L. Hillelson, MD. Dr. Mariotti adds that, while liposuction remains the best surgical solution, variations of the standard procedure, such as ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (VASER), may in some instances, be more suitable for patients with fatty areas or “pockets” that are in need of contouring.

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