Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is the most common of the liposuction procedures, since there are so many women and men who have fatty deposits there and want a flatter stomach. Fat deposits in the abdominal region tend to be the ones that resist the effects of exercise and diet.

Most patients who opt for abdominal liposuction have exhausted their attempts to lose that fat with dieting, training and exercise. Abdominal fat, or visceral fat, does not respond the way other fat does, when you diet and work out. But it does respond well to abdominal liposuction, so patients are usually very pleased at the results of this procedure. To add to this, the effects achieved with this liposuction are permanent, barring unusual circumstances.

You need only be subjected to a local anesthetic for the tumescent technique, so this eliminates the worries and risks and cost associated with general anesthesia. The trauma brought to the fatty tissue, and the bleeding caused are reduced dramatically with the tumescent liposuction technique. And most patients who have abdominal liposuction with the newer technique can be back to work in a few days.

Fat tends to localize itself in the abdominal area, and it is resistant to a lot of the exercise and diet that you may subject your body to, in trying to lose it. But this area responds well to liposuction. This is the reason that many men and women opt for abdominal liposuction to gain a flatter stomach.

The fat in your abdominal area can be intra-abdominal (internal) or subcutaneous (right under the skin). If you suffer from the internal fat, it can’t be removed by liposuction, because it’s too far inside the abdomen. Subcutaneous fat responds readily to liposuction, since it’s above the abdominal muscles. If your fatty look comes from bulging abdominal muscles, liposuction won’t help you, because that isn’t tissue that can be suctioned out.

You can test yourself to determine if you have the type of fat that will respond to abdominal liposuction. If you are able to grab a fold of your skin between your fingers and thumb, and it feels soft and is easily moved up and down, this is likely a fat deposit that will be amenable to liposuction.

Traditionally, the tummy tuck was the procedure of choice, but this is being overshadowed now by the acceptance of abdominal liposuction. The tumescent procedure uses small cannulas, and can give you the look of a tummy tuck without the invasiveness. If it’s determined that you still need a tummy tuck, you need only wait a time after the liposuction, and then it can still be done. But the success rate of abdominal liposuction is such that subsequent tummy tucks are not often needed anymore.

Tumescent liposuction is performed while the patient is only under a local anesthetic, so the risks and side effects are greatly decreased. Your abdominal area will be anesthetized and the incisions made are very small. Fatty deposits are removed from all different directions, to insure that the results will be even.

After your abdominal liposuction, you are usually able to get right up and walk. The surgeon will apply a mild compression garment and dressings after the procedure is finished. You will be given detailed written and verbal instructions to follow. You will be told what to expect up-front, and this will ensure that you won’t have much difficulty or worry after the procedure is finished.