About Saddlebag Reduction
Many women possess genes that cause the storage of extra fat in their outer thighs. Even without this genetic disposition, the thigh area is a natural area of fat deposition. Generally called "saddlebags," this excess outer thigh fat can create bulges that make your upper thighs look wider than your hips. These prominent saddlebags can make your figure distinctly look pear-shaped and unattractive. Weight loss, weight gain, or during pregnancy, the outer thigh skin can stretch excessively. Sometimes, the stubborn thigh fat that is responsible for the "saddles" never seems to decrease despite exercise and diet changes. Also, as the years pass by and your metabolism slows down, these saddlebags can become more prominent. Unfortunately, even intense cardio workouts and targeted strength training do not have much effect on these stubborn fat pads. Large thighs can make it hard to feel confident about wearing fitted clothes or swimwear because you are always feeling self-conscious and unsatisfied with your body.
You should know that your genetics and hormones influence how fat and calories are burned. Since saddlebags are one of the most difficult body areas to lose fat, most people are unsuccessful in getting rid of them without the help of a plastic surgeon. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen in Beverly Hills, CA performs several different procedures for the reduction or removal of saddlebags, including wedge saddlebag removal, to eliminate excess skin and fat. His excellent services deliver impressive and long-lasting results. Contact our state-of-the-art facility today to schedule your initial consultation.
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"Dr. Katzen is amazing. His knowledge and bedside banner area impeccable. He kept me informed every step of the way. His staff is just as impressive, they are patient and responsive 24hrs a day. He is great with the bariatric patient community, he knows how to get rid of our loose skin and hide all the scars. Thank you for all your help!"- C.R. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
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"The Best and I Looked Researched Everywhere and Everyone - Body lift and thigh lift 11 pounds removed and I have my 19 year old body back [RSBleep], you know the body we had before the babies and the weight gains loses gains and loses ------ Dr. Katzen exceeded all my expectations with the surgical results and he has a mellow kind beside manner very UN-LA (thank goodness).The office staff is SUPER NICE (Kiara is great) I live in SF and traveled and stayed the 2 weeks in LA because he is the best. I am not posting body pics BC I am 7 weeks post op my scars look good but are PINK (that is how I scar) and my thighs look good (yes they are gapped now) but have 2 little incisions/suture healing spots - totally normal healing stuff.Will update with body pics in a few weeks."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
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Am I A Candidate for Wedge Saddlebag Removal?
Any patient who has excess skin and fat over the saddlebag region may be a good candidate for the wedge procedure. Typically, these are for patients who have lost significant weight. However, this could be for individuals who experience saddlebags that exist, even with a healthy diet and exercise. Patients who are good candidates for the wedge procedure do not smoke and have been at a stable weight for three months. During an initial consultation, Dr. Katzen will be able to determine if you are an ideal candidate for a wedge saddlebag removal procedure, or if another treatment option may be ideal for you.
The Wedge Saddlebag Removal Technique
A wedge saddlebag removal procedure includes the use of general anesthesia and takes about 3 – 4 hours to complete. The wedge technique is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat over the saddlebag region. Typically, it entails an incision that is made diagonally over the hip region. Often, it connects a tummy tuck incision or lower body lift incision with an incision made underneath the buttock. During the wedge procedure, an elliptical or football-shaped area of excess skin and fat is removed from the lateral hip or trochanteric region.
What to Expect
Drains are necessary after the procedure and can be removed after about 7 – 10 days. You will also need to wear special garments for around six weeks. Additionally, you will be able to return to your daily activities usually by 2 – 3 weeks after the procedure, and you are able to return to light activity at approximately 4 – 6 weeks. More intensive activities can presume in about 8 – 10 weeks, and any swelling should diminish in about 6 – 8 weeks.
Achieve Your Desired Figure
Being bothered by a less-than-perfect figure is completely natural. This is particularly true if you stay active and eat mindfully. However, stubborn saddlebags that are resistant to exercise and diet and are primarily hereditary can be banished forever with the advanced wedge saddlebag removal procedure. To learn more about how you can get your thighs contoured, we invite you to schedule a private consultation with Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen.