What You Should Know About Abdominal Liposuction
Abdominal liposuction is a procedure that more people are becoming comfortable with as an option to lose excess fat and skin in the abdominal area. This procedure is sometimes referred to as abdominal sculpting, as it is often meant to sculpt the body into a tighter, more natural looking shape. Abdominal liposuction is not for everyone and is in fact intended to be performed on individuals that are in overall good health but simply need help losing bits of fat that a healthy diet and exercise have not been able to cure. Other people who make good candidates for abdominal sculpting are those who have excess skin due to dramatic weight loss or pregnancy.
If you feel that you might be a good candidate for this procedure, you should schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area. During the consultation he doctor will ask what kind of results you would like to achieve and will determine whether or not those are realistic goals for this type of procedure. Although some questions may seem a little invasive, you have to understand that it is important the surgeon gets a good feel for your emotional and physical health to ensure whether this procedure is right for you. During the consultation, your surgeon should discuss with you the risks as well as the estimated costs for the work you intend to have done. He or she should also describe what will happen during the procedure and how long the average recovery time is. If the surgeon doesn’t offer up this information, then you should ask for it. You may also ask to see a portfolio of similar procedures that the surgeon has performed. This will help you get a good idea as to this surgeon’s abilities and quality of work.
The procedure will start off by the surgeon making markings on the areas that are to be worked on. He or she will then have an IV inserted into the patient. This is a standard part of the procedure and is intended to help keep the patient’s fluid levels regulated throughout the operation. The patient is then given either a general anesthesia or a sedative—this will have been discussed before the procedure is began. The surgeon will begin by making a small incision either near the belly button or around the bikini line. Again, the scarring left by this should be discussed before the procedure. A thin tube is inserted in through the incision and is directed towards the areas that require fat removal. This tube is worked in a back and forth motion to break up the fat, which is then suctioned out through the tubing. If excess skin needs to be removed, the surgeon will remove it at this time. This is known as a tummy tuck. The surgeon will place padding over the incision area and add a belt-like pressure garment over the area to prevent excessive leaking of fluids. Stitching is not used as the idea is to encourage the body to release any excess fluid that it cannot absorb itself. This cuts back on swelling and discomfort for the patient.
On average, abdominal liposuction usually lasts between one to two hours of actual surgery. The patient will be kept for a short time to ensure that they are recovering from the procedure well enough to go home. Most patients go home the same day, but in cases where a large amount of fat has been removed, the patient may be required to stay just a little bit longer. Swelling, inflammation, and general soreness or discomfort are symptoms that everyone will experience after this type of procedure. Lumps or areas of excessive firmness may occur for up to six months after the procedure, but usually go away on their own. Bruising is a definite symptom, but can be expected to disappear after about two weeks. Due to swelling, the patient may not be able to see a huge difference in their physique for a few weeks, and the permanent effects may not be noticeable for up to a year after the surgery.
The surgeon will issue a list of do’s and don’ts that must be strictly followed by the patient. This list of demands is not only to preserve the patient’s safety and overall health during the healing process, but could impact the long-term results of the patient’s appearance. As with any surgery, there are risks which should be discussed with the surgeon and taken seriously.
If you are considering abdominal liposuction for yourself, first ask yourself whether you truly need it. This is not meant to be a substitute for a diet, but rather a solution for men and women who have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be exercised or dieted away. Best of luck in making your decision!