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Liposuction For Your Love Handles

Liposuction For Your Love HandlesThe flanks or love handles are the area of the body between the ribs and the hips. This region is very prone to developing localized fatty pockets. Sometimes, fatty deposits develop due to weight gain. In this case, diet and exercise can effectively address the fat.

But these so-called love handles can also occur due to genetic reasons. Unfortunately, in such cases, there are very few natural methods to truly remove this fat.


Flank Attributes

However, the salient news is that the flanks have many characteristics that allow them to respond very effectively to minimally invasive liposuction cosmetic surgery. The area is well-defined, which means that even a slight reduction in fat creates dramatic improvements.

In addition, the skin in the flanks area tends to be quite elastic. This enables it to mold to the new, enhanced contours after liposuction. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction for the love handles to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.


Reasons for the Development of Love Handles

Fat accumulates in the area of the love handles for various reasons including aging, pregnancy, other hormonal fluctuations, or genetic predisposition.

It is not possible to control many of these reasons for the development of love handles. But liposuction offers an efficient solution to eliminate love handles and enhance the contours of the body.

Another benefit that liposuction for love handles offers is that the annoying fatty deposits will likely never return after the procedure. Liposuction eliminates fat permanently.

However, if the patient gains significant amounts of weight, the remaining fat cells in this area, as well as other parts of the body, will grow larger. Liposuction for love handles is not meant to be a solution for obesity or a technique for weight loss.

Therefore, patients should seek liposuction plastic surgery as the best treatment option to address individual, bulging areas of the body.


Benefits of Flank Liposuction

  • More defined contours and a more balanced body shape
  • Slimmer figure
  • As flanks influence clothing size, the patient may drop one or two sizes following flank liposuction
  • Minimally invasive procedure with significantly reduced recovery times in comparison to more invasive types of liposuction
  • Safe and predictable procedure undertaken only using a local anesthetic



The surgeon will perform liposuction for love handles using a device known as a cannula. The cannula is a thin steel tube that the surgeon will insert gently into the fat layer of the back.

They will manipulate the cannula within the fat layer while remaining perfectly parallel to the skin. This will dislodge the fat cells, which are subsequently suctioned out of the body through the cannula.

The surgeon will use minimally invasive tumescent liposuction, similar to every liposuction procedure the surgeon delivers. Only local anesthetic will be used during this procedure. The patient is not knocked out, and the procedure offers quicker healing and excellent outcomes in comparison to other more invasive types of liposuction.

Flank liposuction creates different outcomes in women and men. Liposuction for love handles enhances the feminine figure in women patients.


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It creates an aesthetically appealing S-shaped curve to the lower back area that actually accentuates the butt in the process. In males, flank liposuction creates more of a V-shape when seen from the back. Flank reduction also creates a generally sleeker and fit appearance in males.

The surgeon will consider various factors such as the patient’s skin elasticity and body proportions during the entire procedure. This enables the outcomes to be not only beautiful, but also entirely unique.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction of the flanks.
To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

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