How to Get Rid of Saddlebags on the Thighs

Do you have trouble with your saddlebags? Wait…what are saddlebags? Well, the term “saddlebags” refers to extra fat that can accumulate around the lateral thigh or outer thigh area creating a bulge or “saddlebag”. Many people have trouble with this area, and it is often a hereditary issue. Bulging fat pockets in this area can make it hard to find pants that fit or feel comfortable in a bathing suit.

Great news, though! Smartlipo and SculpSure body contouring procedures are both great ways to get rid of saddlebags on the thighs, and we offer both procedures at WIFH.

Smartlipo for Getting Rid of Saddlebags

Smartlipo is a super effective way to get rid of saddlebags on thighs fast and with very minimal downtime. It’s also highly effective for other areas of the body, such as love handles and midsection.

Smartlipo is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted liposuction procedure that is done under local anesthesia and gently melts fat before suctioning it from the body. The use of tiny instruments prevents excessive tissue trauma, and the heating and melting of fat prior to removal actually helps tighten the skin, unlike other liposuction techniques.

Smartlipo has very minimal downtime and minimal discomfort post-procedure. In fact, 94% of our patients don’t even take an oral sedative and drive themselves home after their procedure. You could totally go to work the very next day, and luckily, the outer thigh area is one of the easiest areas in terms of recovery that we do.

Expect some tenderness, and we ask that you wear a compression garment for about 3 weeks post-procedure. Most people do not bruise as a result of Smartlipo, but it’s always a possibility. If you do bruise the bruising resolves very quickly.  You will have swelling, which will dissipate over a couple of weeks, revealing your results.

SculpSure for Getting Rid of Saddlebags

SculpSure is the very first FDA approved warm laser treatment for fat reduction that is completely non-invasive and non-surgical. SculpSure is a hyperthermic device that uses heat to destroy fat cells in unwanted areas like saddlebags. The laser energy will heat and destroy the fat cells, leaving you with up to 24% less fat with each treatment. A contact cooling system keeps the skin cool while the heat is being delivered to the fat and surrounding tissue.

After your SculpSure treatment, you might feel some mild tenderness when you push on the area, but you should be able to continue with all your activities as usual, making this treatment great for patients on the go. It is recommended to have at least two treatments for best results. Since SculpSure is a noninvasive procedure it relies on your body to process the disrupted fat cells. If you want to get rid of your saddlebags fast without disrupting your busy life, SculpSure might be right for you.

Which Procedure is Best for You?

SculpSure differs from Smartlipo in that one is non-invasive and one is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Both are very effective in getting rid of fat, but could come down to how much reduction you are looking for, if you are willing to deal with tenderness, wear a compression garment and how much money you are wanting to spend. We offer a free consultation at WIFH so that you can decide which treatment is best for you, depending on your goals and specific situation. We look forward to seeing you.