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Muscle Definition with Liposculpture

Muscle Definition with Liposculpture

Working out and eating right are only part of the story when it comes to shaping the body and toning muscles. While some people are more genetically endowed than others, the rest of us need help to perfect that six pack abdomen. Dr. Peter B. Fodor of Los Angeles, California speaks about Muscle Defintion Liposculpture, a procedure designed to reduce those tricky fat pockets by “sculpting” the fat to better show your muscles.

By Peter B. Fodor, MD, FACS
and Adam McMillon

Muscle Definition Liposculpture

Many patients think of tummy tuck’s and liposuction as fat-loss procedures, but this is incorrect. These procedures are designed, ideally, for patients who have lost as much weight as possible, but cannot lose weight in certain areas. “There are people who work out conscientiously, but their bodies do not produce the rippling of the stomach, or a pronounced 6 pack,” explains Dr. Fodor. “When diet and exercise aren’t enough, we can use liposuction to remove some of the lingering fat, and sculpt the area in order to bring those muscles out.” Dr. Fodor notes that as long as a patient has a low amount of fat above the muscles, he can utilize liposuction to sculpt the fat in the direction of the muscle lines. “We direct the cannula in the direction of the muscle fibers, which allows us to sculpt the area in question,” says Fodor. “As an added bonus, this technique greatly reduces bruising and swelling, due to the fact that the cannula is not destroying blood vessels as it goes in the direction of the muscle fibers.”

Who is the right candidate for this procedure?

Ideal candidates for Dr. Fodor’s technique actively exercise and lifts weights, partnering with a correct diet in order to build and tone muscles.  “As long as patients have a fairly low body fat percentage, we can effectively create indentations that bring the muscles out,” explains Fodor. “The more in shape and toned a patient’s problem areas, the greater the results.”

Where else can this be used?

While the abdomen region is the most appealing area to tone, Dr. Fodor has found great success with this procedure in other areas of the body. “We have used liposculpture to tone and reshape patient’s triceps, biceps and even calves,” says Fodor. “These areas are notoriously difficult to tone with exercise and diet alone. Utilizing the liposculpture technique, we can help patient’s muscles become more pronounced.”

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