Liposuction in Pittsburgh
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, suction lipectomy, or just ‘lipo‘ is a cosmetic procedure that can remove fat from the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere.
The amount of fat removed varies by doctor, method, and patient, but is typically less than 10 pounds. There are several factors that limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one session of liposuction. Liposuction is not a low-effort alternative to exercise and diet; it is a form of body contouring for stubborn fat deposits. The best candidates for liposuction are those who live an overall healthy lifestyle, but have fat stored in specific locations which would look better contoured.
Where on the Body can Liposuction be performed?
The most commonly performed areas for liposuction are the abdomen and flanks, as well as the thighs, chin, and neck. This can be a solution for those who wish to shed fat around areas of their bodies that are otherwise resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not an alternative to a healthy lifestyle and should not be treated as such.
Areas that can be shaped by liposuction include:
- Abdomen, waist, and flanks (the “love handles“)
- Cheeks, lower jaw, and neck
- Back (“Back-fat” along the bra-line)
- Upper arms
- Hips, buttocks, and thighs
Will the Fat Come Back?
The most encouraging aspect of this cosmetic procedure is that fat cells, once removed from your body, will not be replenished. This means the results will be long-lasting, especially with proper nutrition and exercise to maintain the body’s shape.
Research shows that people who have liposuction are three times more likely to gain weight if they don’t follow a healthy diet after liposuction. But those who follow a healthy diet are twice as likely to lose weight after liposuction. The suctioned fat cells are permanently gone. However, if the patient does not diet and exercise properly, the remaining neighboring fat cells could still enlarge, resulting in irregularities or lumpiness. Consequently, people are much more likely to be happy with their long term results after liposuction if they make other healthy lifestyle changes. Eventually, lumpiness resulting from gaining weight after liposuction can always be revised with another procedure, however, it is clear that the best option is simply to lead a healthy lifestyle so that no revisions are necessary.
Body Contouring with Liposuction Before & After Pictures
This was a patient of Dr. Wooten’s back during her residency. This patient is a runner who leads a very active lifestyle, but just couldn’t shed those fat reserves that sat on the hips. Body contouring with Dr. Wooten allowed her to achieve her goal: a defined waist.
This Abdominoplasty patient had loose stomach muscles and skin that she wanted tightened; so she came to Beleza. During her Tummy Tuck procedure, Dr. Wooten also performed Liposuction of the flanks to complement her newer, taughter tummy. Her “after” picture shows her result: a smoother contour to her back, with less skin rippling.
This patient was in her late thirties when she came to Dr. Wooten for liposuction of the stubborn fat on her flanks. Often, this distribution of fat can be hard to shed, regardless of how many crunches you do at the gym. Body contouring with Dr. Wooten gave her a slimmer, more flattering waistline.
This patient was in her late thirties when she came to Beleza for a Breast Augmentation procedure done with her own fat. For her fat grafting procedure, Dr. Wooten actually liposuctioned the fat from her flanks and transferred it to her bust. Dr. Wooten helped this patient to kill two birds with one stone – her results are a trimmer waist and fuller breasts.
To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Anna Wooten regarding Liposuction in Pittsburgh call (724) 759-7777.