Some women think of liposuction as a way to look slimmer. Indeed, most plastic surgeons also think of liposuction this way, using liposuction to shave off pockets of fat. While this may have been an ideal of beauty in the past, today’s concept of female beauty is more sensuous. This requires skill not only in taking out fat, but also in adding it where needed.
Let’s examine the before and after photos of a woman who wanted a curvier figure with more prominent hips. Prior to surgery (left side before photo), she had an apple figure, where a lot of the body fat is concentrated on the upper body. If one were to liposuction this patient to make her look slimmer, the result would be a slightly thinner version of the same body, no curves. A slimmer apple, so to speak.
However, if you combine liposuction (non-laser) with fat injections, an entirely different result is achieved.
Post operatively, you can see that I successfully changed her body type to not only look slimmer, but to look more feminine. Thus the apple shape was transformed into more of a pear shape. Fat was taken out from her central body and reinjected into her hips. Her new body profile has a narrower waist compared to the hip. It is what is referred to as a pear figure. The curvy pear figure does appear more feminine than her previous shape. Liposuction alone would not have been able to create this feminine profile.
The use of your own autologous fat to create a more feminine sculpted body is a great tool for enhancement. Fat grafting results are long lasting if proper techniques are used. Therefore, be sure to ask your surgeon if he expects long lasting results! With proper techniques and post op he should have full confidence in a long lasting result.
To learn more about why fat grafting is long lasting when done correctly watch my video which explains why. If you have any questions, please post them to my blog.
Ricardo L Rodriguez, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon