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, we can produce profound body sculpting results with minimal scarring and a comfortable recovery.
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.
Before & After Photos
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 impla... View Case
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 lipos... View Case
This 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 del... View Case
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. View Case
Modern liposuction emerged in Europe in the early 1970's and was gradually adopted across the United States during the 1980's. 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.
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 consultationconsultation online.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, or Dr. Steinwald at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Golden, Colorado.
- Outer thighs (saddlebags)
- Flanks (love handles)
- Inner thighs
- Inner knees
- Upper arms
- Submental (chin)
- Gynecomastia (male breast tissue)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liposuction is performed at Apex Surgical Facility – a AAAHC accredited operating facility where your safety is of highest importance.
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.
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. Non-strenuous activity can begin at 5-7 days, low impact exercise at 3 weeks and unlimited activity at 6 weeks.