Will Liposuction Make Me Look Skinny?

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Liposuction has helped countless people transform their bodies, improve their self-esteem, and change their life in immeasurable ways. Still, it is important for patients considering liposuction to understand the capabilities and limitations of the procedure and to have realistic expectations for their results. In this blog from Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, Coraopolis, PA board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. James Fernau summarizes what enhancements can be made with liposuction body contouring surgery, including how many pounds of fat may be removed with treatment and how that may translate to a slimmer, smoother shape for patients near Pittsburgh, PA.

How does liposuction work?

There are several approaches available when it comes to fat removal surgery. To ensure the smoothest, most successful, and most natural-looking outcome possible, Dr. Fernau utilizes the SAFE liposuction technique, which includes gently separating and dislodging fat with a specialized solution and removing fat in feathered layers. In most cases, liposuction is performed using general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Small incisions are made near the desired treatment areas, and a thin wand is inserted through the incision, ultimately being used to suction stubborn fat cells from the body. Popular treatment areas for liposuction in Pittsburgh include:

  • Abdomen/tummy
  • Flanks
  • Thighs (inner and outer)
  • Hips
  • Buttocks

After fat cells are removed with liposuction, they cannot regenerate, and new fat cells will not grow. Still, it is possible to “undo” liposuction results through weight gain, which can cause fat cells remaining in the treatment areas to become enlarged. With a stable weight over time, however, many patients consider their liposuction results long-lasting.

How many inches can I lose with liposuction?

Before committing to liposuction, it is critical that patients have a firm and realistic understanding of what may (or may not) be possible with surgery. First and foremost, patients must understand that liposuction is intended for the reduction of stubborn fat that does not respond to diet, exercise, and other traditional weight loss methods. In other words, liposuction is designed to help reshape and recontour “problem areas” in patients who are already at or near their goal weight but struggle with resistant pockets of fat. Generally speaking, it is often possible to remove about ten pounds of fat with liposuction, though many men and women find that this results in a loss of several inches and a dramatic improvement in their overall physique, helping to slim down certain features and emphasize others. For example, removing fat from the midsection with liposuction can help to create a snatched waist and accentuate the buttocks, giving patients the highly sought-after hourglass figure.

During your initial consultation for liposuction fat removal surgery in Coraopolis, PA, Dr. Fernau will assess your current body type and weight, review your health and medical history, and answer any liposuction questions you may have. Based on his findings during this consultation, which will include a discussion of your specific concerns and desired outcome, Dr. Fernau will help you better understand how much fat it may be possible to remove during your procedure.

Fed up with stubborn fat? Consider liposuction in Coraopolis, PA for a slimmer new look you can love

Have you spent years or decades battling those last few inches that won’t seem to budge despite a dedicated effort? Stop spinning your wheels — and start seeing results — with liposuction surgery. Take the first step toward looking and feeling your best by scheduling your liposuction consultation near Pittsburgh with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Fernau at Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.