Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Saddlebags is a term that refers to the accumulation of fat deposits on the outer thighs, just below the buttcoks. The development of saddlebags is an aesthetic concern for many patients, particularly because it is notoriously difficult to eliminate saddlebags with exercise and dietary changes. In this article, we’ll explain how the BodyTite treatment at the CREO Clinic can improve the appearance of saddlebags.
What Causes Saddlebags?
Saddlebags are usually a result of weight gain and other contributing factors such as those mentioned below. Furthermore, it’s more common for women to develop saddlebag fat than it is for men, as women have a larger pelvis.
Muscle atrophy refers to the wastage of muscle tissue and the loss of muscle mass due to the degeneration of cells. There are many factors that can contribute to muscle atrophy, including immobility, aging, poor nutrition, and neurological conditions.
Muscle atrophy can lead to the development of saddlebags as the muscle on the buttocks are often underused, as most people spend the majority of their day seated. As a result, the muscles in the area lose their shape and begin to sag, thus turning into saddlebags.
The development of saddlebags is more common among women, in part due to the prevalence of hormonal fluctuations and imbalances. In particular, an excess of oestrogen can lead to weight gain in the bottom and thigh area, which is a common occurrence during pregnancy. However, some women have a continual hormonal imbalance in their body that causes them to produce higher than normal levels of oestrogen.
Genetics is a factor that predetermines the areas in our body that are more likely to store fat. Therefore, in some people, the development of saddlebags is a hereditary feature.
Why Exercise Isn’t a Permanent Fix
Exercises that utilise and strengthen your leg muscles can help gradually reduce and even eliminate saddlebags. However, losing the fat within the saddlebags through exercise isn’t a permanent fix because the fat cells merely shrink in size rather than disappear. Therefore, if you were to revert to an inactive lifestyle or eat unhealthy foods, it is likely that your shrunken fat cells will enlarge and cause the saddlebags to reemerge.
Best Surgical Procedure for Thigh Fat
At the CREO Clinic, our surgeons recommend BodyTite as a treatment for patients who wish to eliminate saddlebags. BodyTite removes fat cells making it a more permanent solution for getting rid of saddlebags in comparison to diet and exercise.
What is BodyTite?
BodyTite is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure that contours the body by tightening the skin and removing excess fat in targeted areas of the body, such as the outer thighs.
The advanced technology by Inmode comes in the form of a handpiece that can be inserted beneath the skin through a tiny incision in order to melt and remove the fat using radio-frequency (RF) energy. Simultaneously, the RF energy will also be used to tighten the skin from the outside, thus eliminating saddlebags and sculpting the outer thighs.
BodyTite is one of the most effective body contouring procedures in cosmetic surgery as it confers a number of benefits on the patient:
- BodyTite can contour and sculpt areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise.
- BodyTite is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure. Consequently, it does not leave behind scars and entails a minimal downtime, with most patients able to resume most of their daily activities 2-3 days after the procedure
- BodyTite permanently removes excess fat cells and delivers long term skin tightening results.
The exact cost of a BodyTite procedure depends on the size of the area being treated, which will be determined upon a consultation with our surgeon. In general, Bodytite costs £5,500 to treat saddlebags on both thighs.