We Can Help You Get Rid of Saddlebags

Have you ever noticed how many of the cosmetic concerns we encounter in life have funny terminology? A saddlebag is defined as “each of a pair of bags attached behind the saddle on a horse, bicycle, or motorcycle.” Judging by this formal definition from the Oxford dictionary, we can see how the term aptly describes the pockets of fat that a person may develop in the hip and outer thigh area. While it may have a funny name, the problem of excess fat called saddlebags is frustrating. It usually affects women and, once it develops, it can be very difficult to resolve.

Saddlebags may develop for several reasons. Every person’s fat cells will expand if they gain weight. The question is always where. In the case of saddlebags, the body simply chooses through hormones or genetics to hold fat in a specific area. Some say that this problem also has to do with the poor development of muscle tone in the glutes and hamstrings, especially where the two areas meet. However, it has also been noted that strengthening and toning these muscles is better at preventing saddlebags than getting rid of them once they develop.

Liposuction for Saddlebags

Many people think of liposuction for fat-reduction in areas like the stomach and thighs. This body contouring technique is also commonly performed when patients express concern about saddlebags. This technique alone can be very successful especially when the skin is still resilient and can bounce back naturally.

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed in a surgical center. Patients are comfortable and deeply sedated with general anesthesia throughout their procedure, which can take 1 to 2 hours. Liposuction involves very small incisions that, when healed, are barely-perceptible scars. Dr. Schaffer performs traditional liposuction and tumescent liposuction. The latter infuses subcutaneous tissue with a tumescent fluid before extracting fat cells. The fluid contains an anesthetic, epinephrine, and saline, which numb tissue and make it firm. This eases the extraction process and reduces tissue trauma and post-operative bruising.

Fat is a necessary part of optimal health. Too much fat causes cosmetic and health problems. When fatty tissue is localized to an area like the hips, we can easily treat it with a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure. To learn more, schedule a consultation at 210-227-3223.

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