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Love Handle Liposuction

Love Handle Liposuction



Cost: approximately $3500

NYC Love Handle Liposuction

Liposuction of the love handles or waist is one of the most common procedures Dr. Darren Smith performs at his NYC plastic surgery practice. Waist lipo is a straightforward procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in under an hour. Of course, if you’d rather be asleep or treated with IV sedation that is possible as well. Body contouring with liposuction of the love handles or liposuction of the waist is an extremely powerful way to contour the body whether this procedure is performed alone or in combination with liposuction of other areas or in combination with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.

What Causes Love Handles?

Love handles are caused by fat deposits around the waist. Some people are more likely to store fat here than others largely due to genetics. This can also be a very stubborn area to target with diet and exercise!

How is love handle liposuction performed? 

We begin by making small, well-hidden incisions below the level of the waist so that they cannot be seen beneath a bathing suit bottom or underwear. We next introduce numbing solution into the area we plan to treat. After allowing this numbing solution to act for approximately 10 minutes, we suction the excess fat from the waist with a long thin device called a cannula. Finally, the small incisions are sutured closed with a single stitch.

What is it like to recover after liposuction of the love handles?

Recovery after liposuction of the love  handles is very straightforward and there is only minimal discomfort involved. Dr. Smith recommends wearing a compression garment for 48 hours after this procedure. It is reasonable to return to work within 48 hours of love handle liposuction. For example you could have liposuction of your waist on a Friday and be back at work on the following Monday. You will have some bruising and some swelling, however most of the bruising will be gone within 7 to 10 days and the most significant portion of the swelling will be gone in approximately the same amount of time. You’ll start to see some nice results after approximately 1 to 2 weeks and these results will continue to improve for 2 to 3 months after the procedure.

How much does liposuction of the love handles cost?

Pricing varies for liposuction of the love handles with patient size and other factors, however, a reasonable estimate is approximately $3500.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction of the love handles?

If you are healthy and don’t have any major medical problems and you are close to your goal weight you may be a very good candidate for liposuction of the waist or love handles. Dr. Smith is a body contouring expert and will evaluate you in his New York City plastic surgery practice to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure.

How long does it take to heal from love handle lipo?

Love handle liposuction can be completed in under an hour without general anesthesia. Most patients will experience only mild soreness and can get back to a desk job the next day if this is the only area they’re having treated.

Is Liposuction for the Love Handles Safe?

Liposuction for the Waist/ love handles is extremely safe when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical facility. All procedures do have some risks, and we will discuss these in your consultation. Problems with love handle liposuction are extremely rare.

Love Handle/ Waist Liposuction Post-operation care tips for Dr. Smith’s patients:

  • Be up and around right away after the procedure.
  • Wear your compression garment as direct (usually just 48 hours).
    Do not shower for 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet and minimize salt.
  • Resume light workouts in 4-5 days and full workouts in 2 weeks.
  • Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin until cleared by Dr. Smith.

Before And After Liposuction of Waist

Young woman shown before and after liposuction of abdomen and waist
Before and after liposuction of abdomen and waist
Before and 5 days after liposuction to correct paradoxical adipose hyperplasia of waist
Before and after liposuction of waist

Love Handle Liposuction Video

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  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD
  • Darren M. Smith MD

All photos are of models except before and after images.

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