Flank/Love Handle Liposuction


It's there in the mirror, as you put on your favorite pair of jeans: that extra bulge over your waistband on the sides and in the back. Hiding it under bulky shirts won't make it go away. Ironically named, there's not much to love about love handles.

Both men and women accumulate fat in their flanks - along the sides and back of the waistline - as they age. Even men and women who are young or very thin may be packing a few extra pounds around the waistline. Now you can keep your favorite jeans, but get rid of the love handles. With Tumescent Liposuction, you can wear whatever you want, finally ridding yourself of those stubborn love handles, trimming your waistline, and improving your body proportions.

The flank and love handle Liposculpture procedure at Houston Smart Lipo Centers is easier and safer than traditional liposuction. First, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Then, a laser is used to gently melt the fat directly under the skin and to encourage skin-tightening. Incisions are then placed on each side, allowing the doctor to sculpt and trim your waistline. The cannula used to remove the fat is only about 3mm wide, allowing the fat to be removed more slowly and gently than with traditional liposuction. This means less pain, less bruising, and a rapid recovery time for patients.


The best part: Flank and love handle Tumescent Liposuction can be combined with Abdominal Liposuction, so you can get the silhouette you've always wanted and leave our offices with your new, sculpted body.

  • Tumescent Liposuction is a permanent, lasting procedure, eliminating love handles for a more contoured, slimmer waistline.
  • Usually lasting only an hour, our flank and love handle Liposculpture procedure is designed to reduce fat and tighten skin.
  • Since Tumescent Liposuction is performed with only light sedation, most of our patients are back at work in one or two days.


Flank and Love Handle Liposuction Before and After Photos


Love Handles Before & After




Love Handles Before & After



Love Handles Before & After


Sample photos of liposculpture performed by

Dr. Bergeron and his team. Your results may vary.

What are the benefits of flank and love handle liposuction?

Better fitting clothes, improved confidence, tighter skin, and a more youthful appearance:  These are just some of the reasons our patients choose Tumescent Liposuction for their waist, flanks, and love handles.  Tumescent Liposuction At Houston Smart Lipo Centers reduces fatty deposits along the sides of the abdomen and back, naturally tapering the waistline and restoring proportionality to the body. Results are permanent, so you never have to worry about keeping those love handles at bay again. 



What is the procedure like?


The Liposculpture procedure is performed in our offices under local anesthesia - all patients remain awake and alert.  First, the skin is numbed and one or two small incisions are placed near the love handles.  Using gentle suction, fat is removed using a gently vibrating cannula, or straw-like instrument.  The cannula itself is only 3mm wide- about the size of a strand of cooked spaghetti - and won't leave any unsightly scars.  The procedure lasts about an hour, and patients walk out of the office with newfound confidence.



Am I a good candidate for flank and love handle Liposculpture?


Tumescent Liposuction of the flanks and love handles is a safe procedure for most men and women who have a high accumulation of fatty deposits in on the sides of the stomach or the back. If you can pinch more than a quarter inch of fat from above your beltline, love handle Liposculpture should improve your waistline by eliminating that fat. Anyone who has had a gastric bypass, or has lost over 100 pounds may need to take extra precautions and may wish to consider further skin-tightening procedures for loose or lax skin.  A complimentary consultation with the physician can help address these issues.



Can flank and love handle Liposuction be combined with other procedures?


Of course. Many of our patients choose to have their flank and love handle Liposculpture procedure done in conjunction with other procedures, especially Abdominal Liposuction. When combined with Abdominal Liposuction, we can really sculpt and slim the entire waistline, from front to back. Of course, not all patients need liposuction on their stomachs, so we're able to target the love handles and perform this procedure by itself if you prefer. 



Will I have any scars or sagging skin?


Tumescent Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers uses a very small tube (cannula) to remove fat and will not leave any unsightly scars. The puncture sites will naturally close within a day or two, fading into the surrounding skin.


When combined with Smart Lipo, Liposculpture is designed to promote skin-tightening and restore collagen.   Unless your skin is already very thin, wrinkled, or lax due to aging or dramatic weight loss, you will usually see an improvement in skin tone and firmness. 



What are the post-op procedures?


Patients normally experience only mild discomfort after the procedure.  You will be able to walk immediately after, enjoy light to medium activities, and return to work in a day or two.  Some, but not all, patients will experience mild bruising.  A compression garment similar to an Ace bandage will be worn around the waist for 3 days and nights and then at least 8 hours a day for 2 weeks. 

Some patients may experience swelling after the procedure.  Good results can be seen within about three to four weeks, final results within three to six months.  While it does take a while for the swelling to go down, there is minimal to no pain involved. 



To learn more about Flank and Love Handle Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers, or to schedule a free consultation at one of our Houston area locations, please call 713-225-9355.