Q: Dr. Eppley, I need to get rid of my saddlebags. I don’t know why they are there as they do not fit the rest of my body. I am 5’4″ and about 110 pounds. My body fat percentage is quite low as you can probably tell from my weight. I work out all the time and no matter what I do I can not get rid of these pesky saddlebags. Quite frankly, it drives me insane as I just hate them. I was trying on clothes in the store this past weekend and could really get a good view of them from behind in the jeans I was trying on. Given my small size do you think liposuction will work to get rid of them?
A: Despite being lean and very weight appropriate for their height, I have seen many women who have this saddlebag problem. While I suspect it is a problem of small saddlebags given your height and weight, they are nonetheless disproportionate. The good news is that this is an easy problem to solve with liposuction. Just because you are small doesn’t mean they are not abnormal collections of fat. I would guess your saddlebag problem could be treated by an office procedure under local anesthesia using Smartlipo. This would minimize the process and recovery and provide a solution that truly matches the problem.
Dr. Barry Eppley