Procedures to Treat Saddlebags


Saddlebags are the name given to excess fat and subcutaneous tissue of the outer thighs. Following a treatment procedure, over 92% of patients achieve a three to nine-inch reductions, guaranteed.


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


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, and TiteFx. 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 premier cosmetic plastic surgeons. These minimally invasive liposuction techniques include: Smart Lipo or laser lipolysis. 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 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.

If I have my saddlebags treated, will they come back? How can I prevent this?
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.



A nonsurgical fat reduction device that uses ultrasound waves to target and remove areas of excess fat and tighten the skin.


A non-invasive, suction-coupled infrared and radiofrequency heating device that reduces fat, tightens the skin and contours the body.


A revolutionary technology that is designed to provide fat-dissolving results through a minimally invasive procedure.


Utilizing a probe that is designed to deliver energy or heat to the underlying fat layer while performing a liposuction procedure.

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