The abdominal liposuction procedure can have great effects on your body. You clothing will fit better with a more defined waist. In fact, almost all clothing styles are improved with a smoother abdomen. A flat stomach is highly sought after; however, many people find that diet and exercise are not giving them the desired results.
The abdominal area is the most common area that is treated by liposuction techniques for women and men. Factors affecting the success of lipo include location/amount of fat, history of weight loss or gain, and any history of pregnancy. Prior obesity followed by weight loss produces more fibrous fat deposits, making liposuction more difficult to perform. There may also be an accompanying looseness of the skin that can affect the appearance of the area.
Where the abdominal fat is located is important to the success of the liposuction procedure. This fat can occur at two levels — deep and superficial. Superficial-level fat is found below the skin, but above the abdominal muscles. Superficial fat is also called subcutaneous fat. This type of fat can be removed by liposuction. Deep fat is located inside the abdominal cavity. It also called visceral fat. This type of fat cannot be removed using lipo because it is under muscles and tissue that prevent its removal. This fat can only be reduced through diet and exercise. Most patients have more superficial fat than deeper fat, so these individuals will see an improvement of the appearance of the abdomen through liposuction.
Pregnancy tends to stretch the muscles in the abdomen, causing it to bulge. This curvature of the muscles can affect the look of the abdominal silhouette before and even after lipo. However, the majority of patients are ultimately very satisfied with their liposuction results, and do not require an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Successful liposuction is generally determined by how happy the patient is with the results. The patient’s opinion of the results depends on expectations and the preoperative condition, and the surgeon’s technique and skills.
Age is not an important factor in the success of lipo. Some of the most satisfied patients are women older than 60 years old. In healthy older women, liposuction can help improve — with little discomfort or risk — an obese abdomen. Gender does play a factor, as women have less fibrous fat and more soft fat, making liposuction easier to do.
Our Abdominal Tumescent Liposuction Technique
During the tumescent liposuction procedure, we use smaller micro cannulas. While the use of these instruments requires more time to complete the procedure, there is less soreness, and better, smoother, more precise results. The small incisions, which will heal quickly, are left open to allow greater draining of the tumescent fluid.
After the Procedure
Patients do not usually require anything stronger than over-the-counter pain medication because of the tumescent local anesthesia effects that can last up to 18 hours after the procedure. Patients will also wear a compression garment that will allow the improvements to be visible. During the next several days and after the fluid drainage stops, there is an onset of some swelling that will decrease in the following weeks.
There will be no restrictions on physical activity and patients are told not to stay in bed, but to walk around and even take a short walk the evening of their procedure. Patients should shower at least once or twice a day starting the day after the procedure.
Risks of Abdominal Liposuction
Prior to liposuction, the patient will be evaluated to determine if there are any health issues that could increase any risk of complications. These issues can include:
- Abdominal hernia, which increase the risks of an accidental penetration of the abdominal cavity by the cannula. The hernia should be surgically repaired before considering liposuction.
- Previous Abdominal liposuction can cause scaring or fibrosis, making a second liposuction procedure more difficult.
- Performing other procedures under general anesthesia in conjunction with liposuction increases the possibility of surgical complications. Multiple procedures can also lead to a prolonged recovery period in bed, raising the risk of blood clots in the lung.
- The maximum fat removal should not be the goal, rather to provide a natural looking appearance.
Other risks that can affect the safety and results of abdominal liposuction include previous abdominal surgery, radiation therapy, and laparoscopic procedures.
The Benefits of Upper and Lower Abdominal Liposuction
- Many patients start a journey of self-improvement in all areas of their lives just by having liposuction
- In addition to shedding fat, liposuction of the abdomen may have health benefits including lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease.
- Many patients start a revolutionary journey to self-improvement in all areas of their lives just be starting with liposuction.
- Many patients experience improved self-esteem and self-confidence, which can improve an individual’s work and personal relationships.
- Improve your shape today, at a lower abdominal liposuction cost. Liposuction by Dr. Wright slims down targeted areas of the body that are hard to downsize on your own.
- Short abdominal liposuction recovery times.
Contact the St. Louis Lipo Center for your Abdominal Liposuction in St. Louis!
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