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Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed on both men and women in the United States. When our board-certified plastic surgeons perform liposuction at our Denver, Colorado, practice, they produce profound body sculpting results with minimal scarring and a comfortable recovery.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Liposuction Case 19 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #19

This 47 year old Denver woman shown before and 3 months after power-assisted liposuction of the saddlebags and a tummy tuck. She is 5'4" and 140 pounds.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 601 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
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Case #601

\tThis 46-year-old had been searching for a plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, to discuss breast augmentation (for which she was a good candidate), and also wished to have her abdominal area addressed. She had delivered 3 children (but had had no C-sections or abdominal surgery), and was fairly fit, weighing 145 pounds and wearing a size 8 pant.Because... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Power-assisted Liposuction Case 440 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #440

This is a 35 year old woman who underwent liposuction to her hips to reduce the localized fatty bulges in these areas. Postoperative pictures are from 4 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 326 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #326

This is a 47 year old, 5'5", 150 pound woman who underwent inner thigh liposuction using power-assisted liposuction to remove some of the excess fatty deposition on the inner thighs. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 489 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #489

This 30-year-old woman presented with significant abdominal wall laxity after 4 pregnancies.  She underwent an abdominoplasty with a small amount of liposuction.  She is shown before and 8 months after her procedure, with a dramatic improvement in the shape of her abdomen.  She is 5'3" and 130 lbs. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 538 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #538

\t37 year-old female (approximately 5'6", 130 pounds) with stubborn fatty deposits of the outer and inner thigh areas; underwent (as many do each year in Denver) liposuction of the bilateral thighs (outer approximately 400-500cc each, inner approximately 200-250cc); post-op photos at approximately 3 months post-op. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Power-assisted Liposuction Case 17 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #17

This 36 year old Denver woman shown here before and 3.5 months after power-assisted liposuction of her hips, flanks, and saddlebags, as well as a tummy tuck. She is 5'6" and 145 pounds.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 74 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #74

This is a 28 year old, 5"5", 235 pound female who underwent power-assisted liposuction of her hips and flanks. She also underwent an abdominoplasty and a breast reduction at the same time. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 4 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #4

This 24 year old Denver woman shown before and 2.5 months after power-assisted liposuction of the abdomen. She is 5’1” and 145 pounds.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 30 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #30

This 39 year old Denver woman shown before and 3 months after power-assisted liposuction of her abdomen, flanks (love handles) and back. She is 5'4" and 130 pounds.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Power-assisted Liposuction Case 31 Before & After View #2 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #31

This is a 52 year old Denver man shown before and 4 months after power-assisted liposuction of the abdomen and flanks (love handles). He is 5’11” and 185 pounds.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 12 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #12

This 47 year old Denver woman shown before and 4 months after liposuction of her thighs, love handles and abdomen. She is 5'1" and 130 pounds.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 430 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #430

This is a 40-year-old mother of 3 who underwent a Mommy Makeover to get her pre-pregnancy body back. Dr. Wolfe performed and abdominoplasty, liposuction of her flanks, and a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy. Her implants are 330cc low profile saline, and are subpectoral. She is 5'2" and 135 lbs, and went from a 34C to a D cup.... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 604 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (2 mo)
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Case #604

\t38 year-old woman who had been pre-approved (like many each year in Denver) for a breast reduction, but also wished to address her lower abdominal fullness (having had 2 children; the patient had dropped her post-pregnancy weight to approximately 145 pounds, but had residual fullness of her mid-abdominal areas. It was advised that she was a marginal... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 192 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #192

This 38-year-old woman came in seeking improvement of her loose abdomen and full thighs.  She underwent an abdominoplasty and liposuction of her hips.  She weighs 132 lbs and is 5'3" tall.  Photos were taken 2 years after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 131 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #131

This is a 35 year old, 5'4", 146 pound woman who underwent power-assisted liposuction to her outer thighs.  She also underwent an abdominoplasty and a breast lift with implants.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 536 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #536

\tThis 32-year-old had been looking for plastic surgeons in Denver, CO, because she wished to address a residual area of fullness of her lower back area, despite weight loss of approximately 30 pounds (down to the 140-pound range). It was advised that she was an excellent candidate for focused ultrasound-assisted suction lipectomy of her lower back/superior... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 160 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #160

This is a 32 year old Colorado woman who complained of excess fat around her mid-section including her abdomen, hips, and back.  She also had excess, stretched-out skin on the abdomen from her pregnancies.  She underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to flatten out her abdomen and power-assisted liposuction of her hips and back to... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 507 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #507

\tThis 32 year old woman was frustrated that, despite regular diet and exercise, especially since having given birth to her 3 children, she was unable to achieve improvement in her thigh areas, which was always a “problem spot” for her.  Her weight was down to 135, but her (resistant) thighs looked and felt disproportionately large... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 428 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #428

This 52-year-old woman presented for improvement in the shape of her abdomen and breasts after having 2 pregnancies and losing 65 pounds. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her inner thighs. Her implants are low profile 300cc silicone and are in a subpectoral... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 327 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #327

This is a 40 year old, 5'8", 150 pound woman who underwent Denver inner thigh liposuction using power-assisted liposuction to remove some of the excess fatty deposition on the inner thighs. Notice that the space between the upper inner thighs has increased and there is less bulging in these areas while the natural contour of the legs is... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 95 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #95

This is a 63 year old female who underwent power-assisted liposuction of her hips, flanks, and back. Post-operative pictures are from 5 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 288 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #288

This 27-year-old man presented with complaints of excess breast tissue, or gynecomastia.  He underwent Power Assisted Liposuction of the chest, combined with excision of excess breast tissue through a small areolar incision.  His photos were taken 10 months after his surgery, and show a much more masculine chest shape with imperceptible... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 79 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #79

This is a 68 year old, 5'5", 170 pound female who underwent power-assisted liposuction of the hips and flanks. She also underwent an abdominoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 9 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 301 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #301

This 37-year-old man underwent gynecomastia correction with a combination of power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and excision of excess breast tissue.  He is shown before and 1 year after his procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 446 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #446

This is a 29-year-old woman who underwent power assisted liposuction of her hips, flanks, abdomen, and inner thighs.  She is 5'7" and 175 lbs, and is shown before and 4 months after her procedure. 
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 455 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #455

This is a 50-year-old mother of two who underwent Power Assisted Liposuction of her abdomen, back,  and flanks, along with a scar revision at the site of a previous C-section.  She is 5'8" and 150 lbs, and is shown before and 4 months after her procedure. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 819 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (1 year)
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Case #819

44 year-old female who was bothered by the persistent fatty fullness over her outer thighs as well as inner thigh/knee areas, despite losing 10-15 pounds from her maximum, and maintaining a healthy weight in the mid-130's. She underwent power-assisted liposuction of her outer thighs (approximately 350cc each), as well as her inner thigh and knee... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 374 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #374

This 51 year old woman had complaints about the relaxed appearance of her tummy and breasts with the desire to return to her pre-pregnancy shape.  She underwent a "mommy make over" which included an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), power assisted liposuction to her hips, and a breast augmentation mammoplasty.  Size 550 high profile,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 68 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #68

This is a 47 year old, 5'6", 125 pound female who underwent power-assisted liposuction of the saddlebags (outer thighs). Post-operative pictures are from 1.5 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 603 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (8 mo)
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Case #603

This is a 36 year-old woman with mild-moderate fatty tissue excess of the upper arms (she returned after having had an abdominoplasty earlier). It was advised that she undergo moderate liposuction of her upper arms (to avoid "skeletonizing", which looks very unnatural), and therefore only 500-600cc of fatty tissue was removed from two small... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 652 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 mo)
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Case #652

32 year-old female several years following abdominoplasty, wished to have fuller thighs addressed (5'3", approximately 135'); shown here only one month post-op (swelling remains) following liposuction to outer/inner thighs (plus knees), approximately 1800cc total was removed. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 605 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 mo)
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Case #605

24 year-old woman who was scheduled to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure here in Denver, CO; liposuction of her neck areas was also a request of hers. I advised her that she was an excellent candidate to combine liposuction recontouring of her neck areas with an SMR (submucous resection of her nasal septum to improve breathing) and body pyramid resetting.... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Neck Lift Case 733 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 mo)
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Case #733

This very pleasant 40 year-old woman disliked her anterior neck fullness, but didn't have enough loose skin to undergo a formal facelift (yet).  She underwent anterior neck liposuction (approximately 75-100cc) as a brief outpatient procedure under light general anesthesia, and had very nice results (here shown at approximately 3 months... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 537 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
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Case #537

\t38 year-old woman who had delivered 2 children and thought that she might be a candidate for an abdominoplasty; it was advised that her skin quality was good enough to allow for power-assisted liposuction alone to perform a majority of her recontouring. She elected to proceed (in combination with a Denver breast augmentation), and had approximately... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 825 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (1 month)
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Case #825

52 year-old man who had resistant fatty fullness of his external abdomen and flank areas, and was a good candidate for liposuction in that he had fairly good skin and muscle tone, and mostly external (extra-abdominal) fatty deposits. He underwent power-assisted liposuction of these areas under light general anesthesia\\ (approximately 2000cc... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 128 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #128

This is a 26 year old, 5'3", 126 pound Denver woman who underwent power-assisted liposuction of the lower abdomen, hips, and flanks.  Post-operative pictures are from 3 months after her liposuction surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Neck Lift Case 650 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 month)
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Case #650

51 year-old woman with subtle chin area fatty tissue excess, and earlier signs of neck aging (skin laxity). Underwent liposuction in combination with a Denver tummy tuck, with good early skin retraction and neck recontouring overall (photos from 3 months post-op). Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 653 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (1 mo)
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Case #653

\t36 year-old female folllowing 3 children who wished to have lower abdominal fullness addressed, but who did not wish to undergo an abdominoplasty; advised she was an excellent candidate for liposuction only, approximately 1200 cc removed from the abdominal and hip areas (shown here at only one month post-op). Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 72 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #72

This is a 56 year old, 5'6", 235 pound female who underwent power-assisted liposuction of her hips, flanks, and saddlebags. Post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 132 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #132

For Denver residents, liposuction is more popular with each passing year, and a recent advancement in technology called power-assisted liposuction, or PAL, has more Coloradans choosing liposuction than ever. The small, vibrating tube used during the procedure allows fat cells to be removed with minimal trauma to other tissues in the area. Thus,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 602 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (2 mo)
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Case #602

\t43-year-old woman with relatively minimal fatty excess of the lower abdominal/peri-umbilical area. Due to her excellent skin tone overall, she was an ideal candidate in my practice on Golden and Denver for liposuction, also called "suction-assisted lipectomy". Although only 500 to 600 cc were removed from these areas via incisions hidden... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 130 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #130

For busy, active residents of Denver, power-assisted liposuction can be the right answer to a frustrating problem. Many Coloradans take care of themselves, including a good diet and exercise program, but still have pockets of stubborn fat that won’t budge. The... Read More

Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 151 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #151

This is a 24 year old, 5'9", 160 pound woman who complained of some excess fatty distribution on the lower abdomen, flanks, hips, back, and outer thighs.  Because her skin tone was excellent in these areas, she was a great candidate for liposuction.  She underwent power-assisted liposuction of the lower abdomen, flanks (love handles),... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Liposuction Case 41 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #41

This 37 year old Denver woman shown before and 10 months after suction-assisted lipectomy of her flanks (love handles. She is 5'6" and 130 pounds.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 903 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
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Case #903

30 year-old mom of 4 who had lost approximately 20 lb since her last pregnancy, and which to address her mid-section areas of fullness. She underwent an extended abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, with adjuvant power-assisted liposuction to the flanks (400-500 cc each), and continued to exercise and lose weight post-op (shown here at 6 months post-surgery). Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Power-assisted Liposuction Case 133 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #133

This is a 43 year old woman who underwent power-assisted liposuction to the flanks and back.  Post-operative pictures are from 8 months after surgery. She also underwent an abdominoplasty at the same time.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 323 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #323

This is a 25 year old, 5'4", 175 pound woman who wanted a flatter tummy and fewer fatty bulges in the hip and "love handle" areas.  She underwent an Denver abdominoplasty in order to flatten and tighten and power-assisted liposuction to reduce the fatty excess on her hips and flanks.  Post-operative pictures were taken... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Power-assisted Liposuction Case 900 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
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Case #900

25 year-old (approx 135lb, no kids) who disliked the residual, stubborn fullness of her lower abdominen and flank areas. She underwent power-assisted liposuction (approximately 800cc was removed), and is shown here with excellent early results at approximateloy 3 months post-op. If you have similar issues and live in or around Denver, liposuction... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 866 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
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Case #866

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 817 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #817

This is a 37 year old woman who complained about having a loose and prominent tummy and also saggy breasts that were not as full as she likes. She also complained about some extra fat on her hips. She underwent a breast augmentation with 340 cc low profile round silicone gel implants and a mastopexy (breast lift) to improve her breast shape. She... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 444 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #444

This is a 47-year-old mother of three who underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her flanks.  She is 5'7" and 157 lbs.  She is shown before and 14 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Liposuction Case 314 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #314

This is a 35 year old, 6'2", 213 pound man who wanted some of the excess fat on his abdomen and waist reduced. He worked out regularly but complained about stubborn fatty bulges on his tummy and love handles. He underwent power-assisted liposuction to remove fat from the abdomen and flanks. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 845 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #845

This 5'4, 175lb (BMI 30) mother of 3 came to us looking to regain her pre-baby body. She had loose skin on her abdomen and her abdominal muscles were bowed out from her pregnancies. She underwent a tummy tuck with muscle repair to address this. She also complained of excess fat in her hips, flanks (muffin top), inner thighs, and back, and was... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 490 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #490

This 34-year-old woman presented with significant laxity of her abdomen after losing weight.  She underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her flanks.  She is shown before and 2 years after her surgery, with a marked improvement in her shape and a refined, athletic abdomen. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Neck Lift Case 625 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (2 mo)
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Case #625

56 year-old woman following limited anterior neck liposuction (approximately 75-100cc removed; photos are approximately 2 months post-op).
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that reduces unwanted fatty deposits in various areas of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips, flanks (“love handles”), back, neck, and arms. This body contouring procedure can help give a desired shape, whether it’s a more tapered waist, thinner thighs, contoured neck and chin, or flatter abdomen. It is also helpful in men with unwanted breast tissue or “love handles.” Generally, liposuction works best for patients without skin laxity, who have localized deposits of unwanted fat. For patients who have less prominent fat deposits or prefer a non-surgical approach, CoolSculpting® may be a suitable option.

What Is Power-Assisted Liposuction?

Modern liposuction emerged in Europe in the early 1970s and was gradually adopted across the United States during the 1980s. Since then, many refinements have been made to increase its safety and effectiveness, especially during the last decade when liposuction became the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure with people from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, the Denver area, and throughout the country.

One of the more recent advancements in liposuction technology is power-assisted liposuction (PAL), available in Colorado with Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Vath, and Dr. Steinwald. This technique employs a small suction tube, or cannula, that vibrates rapidly to loosen fat cells so they may be safely and gently suctioned away. Unlike other procedures, such as UAL (ultrasound-assisted liposuction), patients don’t need to worry about trauma to the surrounding tissues with PAL.

Other advantages of power-assisted liposuction include:

  • Improved safety
  • Smaller incisions
  • No thermal injury to skin or tissues
  • Reduced bruising and swelling
  • Faster recovery
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Shorter procedure times
  • Greater precision
  • Better results in difficult, fibrous areas
  • Better results in revision procedures

PAL is performed using the tumescent technique. This involves infusing large volumes of saline containing local anesthesia and adrenaline into the target area to maximize fat removal, ensure patient comfort, and minimize bruising.

Through a variety of independent studies, PAL has been shown to offer many benefits for both the patient and surgeon. In one study published in the scientific journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “PAL was found considerably superior [to traditional liposuction] as far as ease of fat extraction.” The procedure was approved by the FDA in 1998.

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Liposuction FAQ

Am I a good liposuction candidate?

The ideal liposuction candidate is someone who has localized areas of fatty deposits but is not obese. Liposuction is not a weight-loss operation as much as it is a body sculpting procedure. Areas that are resistant to weight loss and are seemingly genetically predisposed to holding on to fat, such as the saddlebag or hip regions, are ideally suited for liposuction. The main limitation of liposuction is suboptimal skin quality. If your skin is too lax from previous obesity, pregnancy, or simple aging of the tissues, it may be left hanging loose after the underlying fat is removed. Certain areas are more amenable to liposuction than others. The best way to determine where liposuction will work for you is to see one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

What areas are most commonly and effectively treated with liposuction?

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Outer thighs (saddlebags)
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Back
  • Inner thighs
  • Inner knees
  • Upper arms
  • Submental (chin)
  • Gynecomastia (male breast tissue)

Does liposuction help tighten loose skin?

Generally, it does not. The skin must rebound on its own. The elasticity of your skin can be determined on exam. If the skin is too stretched out, an excisional procedure such as a tummy tuck might be a better option.

After liposuction, what happens if I gain weight?

Liposuction removes fat cells forever. However, not all of the fat in any given area is gone. Therefore, if you gain enough weight, some fatty enlargement of the treated areas may potentially occur. Most likely, they will not become as prominent as they once were.

Is there a limit to how much fat can be removed?

The safety guidelines instituted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommend that no more than 5 liters (11 pounds) of fat be removed at any one procedure. One must remember that it takes small increments of weight reduction in localized regions to make a noticeable difference.

Meet Our Surgeons

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

What is the most common complication of liposuction?

The most common complication of liposuction is called a contour irregularity. This is an indentation, dimple, or groove. Areas with poorer skin quality are more susceptible to this occurrence. Great care is taken to avoid suctioning the fatty layer directly beneath the skin to prevent creating a contour deformity.

Where is the surgery performed?

Liposuction is performed at Apex Surgical Facility – a AAAHC accredited operating facility where your safety is of highest importance.

What kind of anesthesia is used for the procedure?

General anesthesia is the preferred method of achieving adequate sedation and pain control. You will be entirely asleep for the duration of the procedure and awake in recovery before you know it. Board-certified anesthesiologists deliver the anesthesia and care for you before, during, and after surgery so that you have a comfortable and safe experience.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

You will able to go home after surgery. You will have compression garments made of spandex over the operated areas. These should be worn around the clock for 2 weeks followed by another 2 weeks when active. You will be walking around the day of surgery. The degree and duration of discomfort varies from patient to patient. Most patients are able to stop taking pain medication and are back to work within a few days. In general, exercise may be resumed as follows:

  • Non-strenuous activity at 5 to 7 days
  • Low impact exercise at 3 weeks
  • Unlimited activity at 6 weeks

 

The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has 2 offices conveniently located in the Denver metropolitan area. One is located just outside of Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado immediately off 6th Ave West and the other is located downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what PAL can do for you. Simply call (720) 279-1926 or request your consultation using our online form.

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