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Procedures to Get Rid of Saddlebags

Saddlebag Treatment Summary

Saddlebags are the name given to excess fat and subcutaneous tissue of the outer thighs.

Alternative Names
Thigh Fat Removal
SpaMedica, Toronto, ON


  • What are saddlebags and what causes them?

    Patients with saddlebags suffer from a very common condition, specifically excess fat and subcutaneous tissue of the outer thighs. This extra fat and subcutaneous tissue may or may not be accompanied by overlying cellulite or lumpy, bumpy cottage cheese skin. The causes for extra fat and subcutaneous tissue of the outer thigh, or saddlebags, are usually developmental, that is extra caloric intake with diminished exercise. A vast majority of saddlebag patients also have a preponderance or hereditary predisposition to gaining extra fat and subcutaneous tissue in this localized area.

  • Can I treat my saddlebags? And if so, how can I treat them?

    Patients suffering from saddlebags can be treated at SpaMedica Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Centre with a variety of techniques. Non invasive treatments that have been proven successful and can achieve a modest 2cm or more circumference reduction of the saddlebags include: UltraShape, VelaShape, Triactive, Thermage Body, Freeze radiofrequency reduction, TiteFx, all of which are technologies used at Dr. Mulholland’s SpaMedica medical spas and that are dedicated to non invasive, localized reduction of localized collections of excess fat and subcutaneous tissue. Patients may also be very successfully treated, with complete correction of contours in the majority of cases, using minimally invasive liposuction technologies that are newer that traditional liposuction, and often have been developed and pioneered and taught to other doctors by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, one of Canada’s premiere cosmetic plastic surgeons. These minimally invasive liposuction techniques include: Smart Lipo or laser lipolysis, also called LAL, is a technique where a small laser fiber is inserted into the unwanted localized fat to liquefy the fat prior to its gentle removal. Tightening of any lax skin, as well as improvement in the appearance of cellulite can also occur with Smart Lipo. BodyTite™ is radiofrequency assisted liposuction, or RFAL, where electricity is used to liquefy the fat prior to its removal and the electrical current and heat will also result in tightening of the skin and improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Laser ultrasonic liposuction, or UAL can be used to insert ultrasound waves into the fat, where the ultrasound waves are used to liquefy the fat prior to its removal. Finally there are other non-thermal liposuction systems that may assist in liquefied fat removal but do not lead to skin tightening. Some of these non-thermal liposuction systems include Power assisted liposuction or PAL, traditional Suction assisted liposuction, or SAL and BodyJet or Water assisted liposuction, or WAL. Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica have invested a considerable amount of monetary resources, time and effort to ensure all saddlebag patients get access to the most modern, best possible technology that is optimally suited to their specific adipose tissue and subcutaneous fat.

  • If I have my saddlebags treated will they come back? Can I prevent this?

    Recurrence of saddlebag tissue following minimally invasive liposuction techniques like SmartLipo and BodyTite™ or, non invasive techniques such as UltraShape, Liposonix, VelaShape, Thermage Body and Zerona laser slimming can occur if there’s too much caloric intake and not enough exercise. Maintaining your post treatment and inter treatment weight is critical to ensure many years of contour improvement. One of the more popular techniques for Toronto saddlebag patients is Zerona laser slimming. Zerona is a non invasive, no downtime, no pain, no recovery technology that uses an array of low level diode laser lights to temporarily create a pore in the fat cell and the fat cell contents are released and safely removed by the body’s lymph and digestive system. Zerona is six treatments over a course of four weeks and is very successful, with SpaMedica guaranteeing that all patients will receive between three and nine inch reductions. The guarantee if this circumferential reduction is not achieved then a complementary second round of treatments is provided.


Over 92% of patients achieve the three to nine inch reductions, guaranteed. Once finished the Zerona program, an inexpensive maintenance program of 2 sessions per year to maintain or enhance your laser slimming results.


The benefits of saddlebags treatment are

  • The results. Saddlebag treatments are clinically proven and can achieve results of between three and nine inches in thigh reductions.
  • tones and firms the skin
  • often immediate and long term results
  • relaxing and painless treatment
  • improves the blood circulation and oxygenation, related to the saddlebags areas

Next Steps

If you are interested in seeking a consultation with Dr. Mulholland, SpaMedica Toronto and his expert team of body contouring experts, simply fill out the consultation form or call 877-712-8367 now to schedule a consultation today.

About Us

SpaMedica Toronto Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Centre and Toronto cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Mulholland, have been serving patients since 1997 and are one of Toronto and Canada’s most recognized, experienced, and reputable cosmetic plastic surgery centres and Toronto cosmetic plastic surgeons.