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Liposuction for Stubborn Love Handles

Love handles refer to the excess fat that accumulates on the sides of one’s waist, extending to the back. Despite their affectionate name, many people find them unwelcome, as they can be quite stubborn to remove through traditional weight loss methods like diet and exercise. Love handles aren’t just about extra weight; they’re often a sign of your body’s way of storing fat, influenced by factors such as genetics, diet, and activity levels. Removing them effectively often requires more than just general weight loss efforts; it may necessitate targeted approaches.

In this blog, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna provides valuable information to those seeking an answer to the question of how to remove love handles with liposuction.

Solutions to Eliminate the Love Handles

In the quest to achieve a streamlined silhouette, many individuals find themselves grappling with persistent love handles. Despite adhering to a regimen of targeted exercises and maintaining a diet rich in healthy, nutritious foods, these stubborn fat deposits often refuse to vanish. This can lead to frustration for those who have dedicated considerable effort towards weight loss and body toning, only to find that these specific areas remain unaffected.

The reality is that love handles can be particularly difficult to get rid of due to a combination of genetic factors, lifestyle, and how individual bodies store fat. While regular exercise and a balanced diet are foundational to any health and fitness journey, they sometimes fall short in addressing fat in this specific area. This is where liposuction emerges as a viable solution for those seeking to eliminate love handles when traditional methods don’t yield the desired results.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove fat from targeted areas of the body, offering a more immediate and direct approach to fat reduction compared to non-surgical methods. It provides a way to sculpt and contour the body by directly eliminating fat cells from the problem area. This procedure is not a weight loss solution but rather a method to reshape and contour the body by removing fat from areas that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. It’s performed under general or local anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery. The process involves making small incisions, inserting a thin tube called a cannula, and using it to break up and suction out fat cells. It’s suitable for patients close to their ideal body weight who want to eliminate stubborn fat deposits.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

Liposuction for love handles

Undergoing liposuction to remove love handles involves a detailed process that, from start to finish, can last anywhere between one to three hours. This duration largely hinges on two main factors: the total volume of fat that needs to be addressed and the specific liposuction technique selected for your case. Before the procedure commences, you will be administered anaesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout. This could be general anaesthesia, where you’ll be asleep during the procedure, or local anaesthesia, where only the area being treated is numbed.

Following the administration of anaesthesia, Anca will proceed to make small, strategic incisions around the areas plagued by love handles. These incisions are kept as minimal as possible to reduce any potential scarring. Through these openings, a cannula—a thin, hollow tube—is carefully inserted. This instrument is essential to the liposuction process, as it is used to dislodge and then suction out the unwanted fat deposits. Anca’s expertise and precision play a critical role at this stage. She must skilfully manoeuvre the cannula to ensure the fat is removed evenly, avoiding any irregularities and ensuring the natural contours of your body are enhanced, not diminished.

Once the targeted fat has been thoroughly removed, the incisions are meticulously closed and dressed with bandages. In some instances, small drains may be placed to prevent fluid accumulation and support the healing process. The overarching aim of this procedure is not just the reduction of fat but achieving a more refined and smooth waistline that aligns harmoniously with the rest of your body’s proportions. Minimal scarring and reduced discomfort are main objectives, with advanced techniques and careful planning aimed at minimising their impact.

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Recovery after Liposuction

Recovery after liposuction is a critical phase during which your body not only heals but also begins to acclimate to its newly sculpted form. Post-procedure it’s typical to encounter both swelling and bruising. These symptoms are standard and signal that your body is indeed healing. During this period, any pain or discomfort you might feel can generally be managed effectively with medications that Anca will prescribe. It’s essential to follow her guidance on medication to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible during your recovery.

The timeframe for recovery can vary significantly from person to person. Many patients find they’re able to get back to their regular work routine within just a few days following the procedure. However, it’s crucial to understand that “getting back to normal” varies widely. When it comes to engaging in more strenuous activities or exercise, patience is key; it may take a few weeks before you’re able to safely participate in such exertions without risking your wellbeing or the results of your surgery.

Adherence to Anca’s post-operative care instructions cannot be overstressed. These guidelines are tailored to ensure you have the smoothest recovery possible and can enjoy the best possible outcomes from your liposuction procedure. Part of this post-op care will likely include wearing compression garments. These garments are designed to support your new contours and help reduce swelling by applying even pressure to the treated areas. Furthermore, attending all scheduled follow-up appointments allows your plastic surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns promptly.

Lastly, you may be advised to make certain lifestyle adjustments during your recovery period. These could range from dietary recommendations to gentle, progressive exercise routines aimed at maintaining your results and ensuring your body heals correctly. Each of these elements—medication management, gradual resumption of activities, strict adherence to post-op instructions, and lifestyle adjustments—plays a fundamental role in navigating your recovery period effectively, paving the way for optimal results from your liposuction procedure.

Risks and Complications after Liposuction Surgery

How is liposuction performed

Having liposuction surgery, much like any surgical procedure, entails a degree of risk and the possibility of complications. While many patients experience common side effects such as bruising, swelling, and discomfort, these are generally temporary and tend to dissipate within a few weeks following the surgery. These symptoms are part of the body’s natural response to the surgical process and usually resolve without intervention.

Beyond these common side effects, there are additional risks associated with liposuction, including the potential for infection at the incision sites. Infection is a risk with any surgery, and while rare, it can lead to more significant health issues if not addressed promptly. Another concern is the possibility of uneven fat removal, which could result in asymmetry or irregularities in the body’s contours. This particular risk underscores the importance of selecting an experienced and skilled surgeon for your procedure.

Changes in skin sensation around the treated areas are also possible, with some patients reporting numbness or altered sensitivity. These changes are typically temporary but can persist for an extended period in some cases.

More serious, albeit rare, complications include the formation of blood clots and adverse reactions to anaesthesia.

To minimise the likelihood of these risks and ensure a positive outcome from your liposuction surgery, it’s important to have a thorough discussion with Anca about all potential risks and complications. Following your surgeon’s pre- and post-operative care instructions closely can significantly reduce your risk of complications.

Comparing Liposuction to Other Fat Reduction Methods

  • Liposuction: A surgical option for fat removal and body contouring. Directly removes fat cells from the body, offering significant and immediate changes in body shape. Ideal for targeted fat loss in areas like love handles.
  • Diet and Exercise: The most natural and foundational approach to fat reduction and body toning. While effective for overall health and weight loss, may not specifically target or eliminate stubborn fat deposits.
  • Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatments:
    • CoolSculpting: Utilises controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate fat cells without surgery.
    • SculpSure: Uses laser technology to heat and destroy fat cells. Both methods are less invasive than liposuction, involve minimal downtime, and gradually reduce fat as the body processes and removes the dead cells. However, they often require multiple treatments to achieve noticeable results and may not provide the dramatic changes seen with liposuction.

FAQs about How to Remove Your Love Handles with Liposuction

FAQs Anca Breahna

Is liposuction on love handles a long-term solution?

  • Yes, liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated area, making it a long-term solution for reducing love handles. However, it’s important to maintain a stable weight post-surgery to prevent the remaining fat cells from expanding and affecting the results.

How long is the recovery period after liposuction for love handles?

  • The recovery period can vary, but most patients can return to work and light activities within a few days to a week. Full recovery and the final results may take up to several months as swelling decreases and the body contours settle.

Will there be scars after liposuction on love handles?

  • Liposuction involves small incisions that can leave scars. However, Anca aims to make these incisions in discreet locations to minimise visible scarring. Over time, these scars typically fade and become less noticeable.

Can liposuction remove love handles completely?

  • Liposuction can significantly reduce the size of love handles by removing excess fat, but individual results vary. Factors such as skin elasticity and body shape play a role in the final outcome. A consultation with Anca can provide a realistic expectation based on your specific situation.

Is there an ideal age for undergoing liposuction to remove love handles?

  • There isn’t a specific ideal age for liposuction; rather, the best candidates are those in good health, with firm, elastic skin, and who have tried to eliminate love handles through diet and exercise without success. Anca can help determine if liposuction is suitable for you based on your health, age, and treatment goals.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
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  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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