LiposuctionPerformed by Dr. Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery
Dr. Anna Wooten performs liposuction and power-assisted liposuction for men and women looking to sculpt, slim, and reshape certain areas of the face and body by removing fat deposits. While almost any area can be treated, the most common are the hips, thighs and stomach. It is important to keep in mind that liposuction is a contouring technique, not a weight loss method. In fact, the amount of fat removed is typically less than 10 pounds.
Candidates for Liposuction
Dr. Wooten performs traditional surgical tumescent liposuction, and feels that this is the method that delivers the best results for patients. The best candidates for liposuction are those who live an overall healthy lifestyle, but have fat stored in specific locations that seem to resist natural weight loss efforts. With this procedure, your surgeon will look to target:
- Areas of fatty tissue that seem out of proportion with the rest of your body.
- Areas without large amounts of excess skin. (Liposuction only removes fat not skin.)
What to Expect in Your Consultation
In consultation, Dr. Wooten will discuss your fat loss goals, medical history, drug allergies, and any previous surgeries. Dr. Wooten will take time to carefully evaluate your overall health and any risk factors that may be particular to your case. Before recommending a course of treatment, Dr. Wooten may take photographs of potential locations to be targeted for fat removal.
Usually liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure at our Pittsburgh surgery center. However, if large amounts of fat must be removed, the procedure will be performed at the hospital, where the patient may be required to stay overnight.
Dr. Wooten performs Liposuction with varying anesthetic methods. Whether anesthesia is “locally” or “generally” applied depends on the amount of fat that is to be removed. In cases of drastic fat removal, that require anesthesia, the patient will be asleep during the entire surgery.
During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Wooten uses a suction tool attached to a tubular, stainless steel attachment called a “cannula.” She makes small incisions through which she inserts the cannula into areas of fat deposits. She then begins suctioning the fat out from between the layers of muscle and outer skin. The process is repeated until all targeted fat is safely removed from the body.
Power Assisted Liposuction
With traditional liposuction, plastic surgeons use a tube called a cannula to remove fat from the body. In power assisted liposuctions, the cannula vibrates, producing tiny, rapid vibrations which help to break up fat cells. This is Dr. Wooten’s preferred method.
This vibration actually leads to safer and more effective liposuction. Because the vibration works to break up the fat cells during the procedure, extraction is gentler on the body’s tissues. This permits Dr. Wooten to work quickly and precisely, leading to a shorter procedure time. Other benefits include:
- Reduced bruising
- Improved accuracy
- Shorter recovery time than with traditional liposuction.
Recovering from Liposuction
While you recover, Dr. Wooten may recommend wearing a compression garment overtop areas where fat has been removed. Taking this measure will help to minimize swelling and ensure that the patient’s skin adjusts properly to the new body contour.
Dr. Wooten may also choose to leave temporary surgical drains under the skin, for a short amount of time following surgery. The purpose is to prevent excess blood or fluids from accumulating in the wound areas.
Will the Fat Come Back?
The most encouraging aspect of this cosmetic procedure is that once Dr. Wooten removes fat cells from your body, they will not replenish. This means the results of liposuction are long-lasting, especially with proper nutrition and exercise to maintain the body’s shape. However, research shows that people who have liposuction are 3 times more likely to gain weight if they don’t follow a healthy diet after the surgery. On the other hand, those who follow a healthy diet are twice as likely to lose weight after liposuction.