“Love handles” and “spare tires” are just two of the ways that people describe the extra fat on their flanks. The area sits just below the ribcage on either side of the abdominal area and is prone to developing folds of fat. Toning the flanks presents a challenge because the muscles are hard to target during exercise, and this is also an area where the body stores a lot of excess fat cells. At Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa, we offer several non-surgical and surgical solutions for the flanks, such as CoolSculpting®, EMSCULPT®, liposuction and abdominoplasty.
How CoolSculpting® and EMSCULPT® Reduce Fat on the Flanks
Eliminating excess fat from your flanks will accentuate your waist, which helps your midsection look more toned. CoolSculpting® and EMSCULPT® use two unique approaches to fat reduction. CoolSculpting® targets the fat cells directly with a freezing energy that breaks down and destroys the cells. A single treatment can reduce fat by as much as 20% after three to four weeks. EMSCULPT® works by causing the muscles on the side of your abdomen to contract, much the same way that you contract your muscles with strength training. The treatments help you build muscle mass that, in turn, helps your body burn fat more efficiently. You will need a series of treatments over two weeks to reduce the fat by almost 20%.
Minimally-Invasive Option to Contour the Flanks
If you have a moderate amount of fat on your flanks, you may need liposuction to contour the area. People who have good skin elasticity, meaning that the skin conforms to the body, may be candidates for liposuction. The procedure requires only small incisions to remove the fat via suction. The incisions heal without sutures, and the scars are barely noticeable. You will need to rest at home for two to three days and restrict your activities for up to two weeks.
Surgical Options for Love Handles
Men and women who have a larger amount of fat on the flanks and abdominal area are likely better candidates for abdominoplasty. The procedure requires an incision that extends from one hip bone to the other to remove the extra fat and skin. Expect the recovery to take several months.
Say Goodbye to the Spare Tire! Contact Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & MedSpa Today.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons to discuss your options for toning your flanks. We can explain how CoolSculpting®, EMSCULPT®, liposuction and abdominoplasty may work for you.