Flankplasty

Flankplasty is a body contouring surgical procedure that targets the flanks (known as love handles). It aims to reduce excess fat and loose skin and sculpt the flanks for a more toned and proportionate silhouette.

Flankplasty

Flankplasty is a body contouring surgical procedure that targets the flanks (known as love handles). It aims to reduce excess fat and loose skin and sculpt the flanks for a more toned and proportionate silhouette.

Key Points

Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Time:

2 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

2 weeks

Fully Recovered:

12 weeks

Procedure Time:

2 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

2 weeks

Fully Recovered:

12 weeks

Flankplasty Surgery in Detail

Flankplasty is a body contouring surgical procedure that targets the flanks (known as love handles). It aims to reduce excess fat and loose skin and sculpt the flanks for a more toned and proportionate silhouette. 

  • Improves the contour and definition of the waistline 
  • Removes stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise 
  • Tightens loose skin following major weight loss or pregnancy 
  • Can help clothing to fit better 
  • Can boost self-confidence  
  • Can improve the balance between the upper and lower body 
  • Can be combined with other body contouring procedures 
  • Has long lasting results if patients maintain a stable body weight 
  • Has minimal scarring  
  • Infection 
  • Swelling 
  • Bleeding 
  • Scarring 
  • Haematoma (blood pooling under the skin) 
  • Seroma (build-up of fluid) 

You’ll be given general anaesthetic before your flankplasty is carried out, which means you’ll be asleep throughout.   

To begin the flankplasty, your surgeon will make an incision along the flank tissue between the hips and lower back, extending to the twelfth rib. Any incisions are often hidden in the bikini line or lower back, so they’re as inconspicuous as possible, though some scarring is still possible. 

The surgeon removes excess fat and tissue through the incision and tightens the remaining skin. In some cases, liposuction may also be used to remove additional fat. They’ll then close the incisions using sutures.  

Undergoing a flankplasty procedure can help if you would like to shape and slim the flank region – the area between your hips and ribcage – to give definition to the waistline. It’s popular for correcting changes which have occurred in the flank area after major weight loss or pregnancy. The loose skin and protruding flanks are tightened. 

Flankplasty can be performed in conjunction with procedures like abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or a lower body lift, as well as an isolated procedure. 

To be a suitable candidate for this procedure, you should have a fairly consistent weight and a regular exercise regime, as well as eating healthily.  

It’s important that you arrange for someone to drive you home when you’re discharged from hospital following your flankplasty, as you won’t be well enough to drive yourself.  

In the first few days of recovery, you should get as much rest as possible before moving on to gentle exercise, which will help to reduce swelling and lower your chance of blood clots. The initial couple of weeks will involve the most limitations to your life, and you’re likely to have some discomfort or pain, which can be managed by painkillers.  

Any bruising and swelling will subside over 6-8 weeks, and you’ll need to wear a compression garment for this period. Don’t sleep on your side for 4 weeks.  Avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks, although you should be able to return to work after approximately 2-3 weeks.  

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Step 1

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Step 2

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

Step 3

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

Step 4

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Flankplasty FAQ's

If you smoke, you’ll need to stop in advance of your surgery. You should also arrange for someone to help with your daily activities immediately following your procedure, and plan for the first few days at home, stocking up on the right foods to aid your recovery. 

It’s likely that you’ll experience some post-op pain, which can be managed with medication. Any discomfort will subside and resolve over several weeks. 

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles. Although flankplasty is a similar procedure, its only performed on the flanks. 

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