The “flanks” or “lovehandles” is one of the most popular regions to get sculpted with laser liposuction. click here to see before and after pictures of flank regions
The boundaries of the flanks will differ from patient to patient, but typically it goes from the lateral obliques on the front to the middle of the back right above the buttock area and ends below the belly button region.
In women, treatment of the flank area with laser liposuction helps with achieving the desired “hour glass” figure.
In men, treatment of the lovehandle area helps achieve the desired “male v-torso” shape.
the flanks are either treated alone or in conjunction with the abdomen or back areas, the two areas that touch the flanks.
In my opinion, treatment of the flank region is one of the most successful treatments in laser liposuction, providing a drastic change in contour with little downside.
Incisions for Flank liposuction:
The treatment starts by making flank incisions both on the front and in the back. In the front, the incisions are placed either within the umbilicus facing to each side and when healed these are not easily visible since they are within the shadows of the umbilical skin, or by the side of the body hidden within the underwear region. In the back area, the incision is placed low in the middle of the back right above the buttock creak. I placed the incisions as low as possible so that they may be hidden by jeans or bathing suits. The incisions are about 4 mm big, and after the initial redness fades, are difficult to see.
During the treatment, when the patient is awake, he or she will be asked to rotate around the bed into different positions. In my opinion, this is the greatest advantage of awake laser liposuction as compared to traditional liposuction. The human body is a fluid entity that changes shape with movement. When I keep the patient awake, I am able to critically evaluate the results as the surgery progresses to achieve the most optimal shape. Click here to see example of awake patient who is positioning herself in a bending potion on the bed during the procedure to help me evaluate different angles and keep incisions as low as possible.
Recovery from Flank Smartlipo:
The recovery process typically requires two days off of work, and about two weeks to start seeing the results of the surgery. For a timeline of laser liposuction recovery, click here.
For massage instructions after smartlipo, click here