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Saddlebag Liposuction

Saddlebag Liposuction

“Saddlebags” are an accumulation of fat on the outer thighs, giving them a bulging and sometimes even sagging appearance. This excess accumulation of fat is referred to as saddlebags due to their resemblance to the bags that hang off the sides of a horse saddle.

Saddlebags can be difficult to target with exercise alone, as spot reduction is not possible. Even with a combination of exercise, strength training, and improved nutrition to help reduce overall body fat, these little (or big) stinkers sometimes hold on for dear life.

VASER Liposuction is an effective method to not only reduce excess outer thigh fat, but to also tighten loose outer thigh skin. However, Saddlebag Liposuction must be done meticulously and strategically. Too much liposuction in this area can cause an indentation of the outer thigh that looks like a shark bite. Not a good look! Saddlebag Liposuction can be performed with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia (Awake Liposuction). Dr. Millicent Geers has extensive experience performing Outer Thigh Liposuction with either type of anesthesia. Dr. Geers’ preference, however, is to perform Outer Thigh Liposuction with local anesthesia. Why? 

As a female board certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geers knows firsthand that a woman’s thighs look different lying down versus standing up. Certain positioning either accentuates or diminishes the appearance of fat. With Awake Liposuction, you are able to stand up, if and when needed, during your procedure so that the areas of your thighs which need attention can be precisely sculpted to optimize your final result. With general anesthesia, there is never an opportunity to assess your thighs as they would appear when you’re standing, thus in inexperienced hands, there is a higher risk of over-suctioning and creating awful indentations! Fortunately, Dr. Geers has extensive experience contouring thighs with either type of anesthesia.

– Dr. Millicent Geers

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Is Medical Weight Loss Right for Me?

Is Medical Weight Loss Right for Me?

Weight loss New Year’s resolutions are incredibly common and often rank among the top resolutions people make as they usher in a new year. It’s not uncommon for individuals to see the start of a new year as an opportunity for a fresh beginning and a chance to make positive changes in their lives, and improving one’s health and fitness is a prevalent goal.

Embarking on a weight loss journey is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and personalized strategies. With various options available, it’s crucial to understand whether medical weight loss is the right choice for you. The team at Flying Horse Medical Center recognizes the importance of informed decisions and aims to provide insights into determining if medical weight loss aligns with your health goals.

What is Medical Weight Loss?

Medical weight loss is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to weight management, supervised and guided by healthcare professionals. This approach is personalized to your unique health needs, unlike DIY strategies and commercial weight loss programs.

Key components of medical weight loss programs include:

  • Thorough medical assessment
  • Customized treatment plan
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Medical monitoring
  • Prescription medications
  • Support and accountability

Indicators that Medical Weight Loss Might be Right for You

Medical weight loss programs are especially beneficial for individuals with:

BMI and Health Risks

If your body mass index, or BMI, falls into the overweight/obese category, you may be at an increased risk of a variety of health concerns including sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. Medical weight loss programs offer targeted interventions to address these health risks.

Failed Attempts with Traditional Methods

If you have struggled to achieve lasting results through traditional diet/exercise methods, medical weight loss can offer a more effective, sustainable solution. The team at Flying Horse Medical Center can analyze your unique circumstances to create a personalized plan that considers your medical and family history, metabolism, and lifestyle.

Underlying Health Conditions

Certain medical conditions such as hormonal imbalances or thyroid disorders can cause/contribute to weight gain and reduce the effectiveness of traditional weight loss methods. If you believe you may have an underlying health issue that is preventing you from losing weight, consulting with our medical experts can help you identify and address these issues with a targeted medical weight loss approach.

Need for Accountability and Support

Some individuals find it challenging to commit to lifestyle changes without proper guidance and support. Medical weight loss programs include regular check-ins with your healthcare team. This creates accountability and provides encouragement throughout your weight loss journey.

Time Constraints/Lifestyle Demands

Medical weight loss programs can be tailored to accommodate time constraints and busy lifestyles. Our team can design a realistic plan that fits seamlessly into your daily routine, ensuring your long-term success.

Ready to Begin Your Medical Weight Loss Journey?

If you resonate with any of the indicators discussed above, medical weight loss could be a viable approach to achieving your weight loss goals. Schedule your consultation with the team at Flying Horse Medical Center today to explore a personalized approach that considers your personal and family medical history, lifestyle, aspirations, and more. We can work together to pave the way for a healthier, happier you.

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Legging Legs

Legging Legs

Well, here we go again. What is old, is new. Yesterday’s “thigh gap,” is today’s “legging legs.” Legging Legs is a term used to describe the apparent “perfect” shaped legs for wearing leggings. This “perfect” shape entails two criteria: 

  1. Toned legs
  2. A “thigh gap” 

A thigh gap refers to a space or gap between the inner thighs when a person stands with his or her feet together. It has become a beauty trend and a sign of attractiveness in recent years among some women. Some women strive to achieve a thigh gap through dieting, exercise, or plastic surgery. It is important to note that the primary determining factor for a thigh gap is the natural width of your hips and how your femurs (thigh bones) insert into your hips (see illustration). Neither exercise nor Liposuction  will give you a thigh gap if you don’t have a wide angle (illustrated by wider green lines). This is the reason you can see two people of the same height and weight, but one person has thighs that touch, and the other person has a significant space between the thighs. Thigh liposuction performed on these two people will render very different results. 

Therefore, if you’re considering Liposuction of your thighs to achieve “legging legs,” your goal should be to seek an enhanced version of your physique and not to emulate another person’s physique. 

With decades of experience and accolades, Monument and Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Millicent Geers, is a female board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Harvard Cum Laude graduate, and Duke Medical School graduate. Dr. Geers’ specialized Plastic Surgery residency training at Northwestern University, additional specialized Aesthetic Surgery training in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood areas, and multiple publications make her a respected and globally-recognized authority in Liposuction and Body Contouring. She has performed thousands of liposuction procedures with exceptional results.

– Dr. Millicent Geers