What is Abdominal Liposuction?
Maybe you recently lost some weight, but that last little bit around your middle just won't budge. Maybe that spare tire or muffin top just runs in your family. Or perhaps you recently had a baby, and no amount of working out is helping you get your pre-baby body back. If you find yourself in any of these situations, you may want to consider abdominal liposuction.
Exactly as its name suggests, abdominal liposuction is a procedure in which liposuction is performed on the abdominal area. Depending on where the fat deposits are located, this procedure can be performed on the upper abdominal area just below your rib cage, or, more commonly, on the lower abdominal area, around and below your navel. Abdominal liposuction can remove that subcutaneous (below the skin) fat, resulting in a slimmer, smoother midsection.
Why Have Abdominal Liposuction?
The decision to undergo surgery, even if it's cosmetic, should never be taken lightly. Before you proceed with abdominal liposuction, it's important to understand that it's not meant to work miracles. However, abdominal liposuction may help you achieve optimal results if you're affected by any of the following:
Genetic Predisposition to Abdominal Fat
Certain body types are more prone to the accumulation of fat in the abdominal region. Even very thin people may suffer from excess fat in this area, and complain that weight loss attempts only make them smaller everywhere else.
Dramatic Weight Loss
You may have worked extremely hard to lose weight, or even recover from obesity. Yet, no matter how many salads you eat, or how many crunches you do, that stubborn belly fat just won't go away.
This affects everyone. There's no escaping the effects of aging. As we get older, our metabolism slows, leading to an accumulation of fat in the abdominal area.
Certain surgeries such as a C-section, hysterectomy, or other surgeries which require an incision across the lower abdomen can have the long term effect of creating a fat bulge in this region.
Many women find it difficult to completely recover from the stretching of the abdominal walls and accumulation of fat caused by pregnancy. If you feel you may need more than just abdominal liposuction after giving birth, you may want to consider a Mommy Makeover.
In all of these instances, abdominal liposuction can help you regain your slimmer tummy, as well as your self-esteem.
The Best Abdominal Liposuction Candidates
Surgery may not be for everyone. You're a good candidate for abdominal liposuction if you:
- are fit, healthy and in relatively good shape.
- a woman who is not planning future pregnancies.
- have not had abdominal liposuction in the past, as this can make the tissue more fibrous and harder to treat.
- have more subcutaneous fat than intestinal fat.
- Subcutaneous fat is fat that sits just under the skin. Intestinal fat is found within the abdominal cavity, under the muscles. Although intestinal fat may also affect the size and appearance of your abdomen—and is also a serious risk to your health—it cannot be treated with liposuction, and must be addressed with proper diet and exercise. Only subcutaneous fat can be treated with abdominal liposuction.
How is Abdominal Liposuction Performed?
First, you'll come in for a consultation with our patient consultant who will answer all your questions, learn about your goals, and help you decide whether abdominal liposuction is the best option for you. If you decide to move forward with the procedure, you'll receive instructions on how to prepare for liposuction.
Before the surgery, your surgeon will mark the areas to be targeted based on the goals you indicated, your desired results, and the doctor's recommendations to achieve them.
The procedure may vary from other liposuction procedures depending on the area. For example, smaller, more delicate areas will use a smaller liposuction cannula. However, for the most part, liposuction is performed in a similar manner regardless of the area of the body on which it takes place. Basically, your doctor will suction the subcutaneous fat from your abdomen, leaving you with a flatter, smoother midsection.
Abdominal liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so you'll be able to go home the same day. In addition to post-surgical care instructions, you'll receive compression garments to assist with your liposuction recovery. Following your surgeon's instructions will help speed your recovery, and help ensure optimal results.
If you've decided to also have a fat transfer performed—taking the fat from your abdomen and using it to enhance a different body part such as the breasts or lips—you can have this done at the same time as your abdominal liposuction to reduce both risk and cost.
Can Liposuction Give You a Six Pack?
The answer is no. And yes. Well, it depends.
If you already have the well-defined abdominal muscles that form a six pack, but they're covered with a layer of subcutaneous fat, then yes, abdominal liposuction can remove that fat and reveal the six pack you already have. The same goes for any other muscles hidden underneath a layer of fat.
However, if you don’t already have the muscles that form a six pack, then no, abdominal liposuction will not miraculously give you that cut look. You may have a flatter stomach following surgery, but you won’t have a six pack unless you work to tone and define those muscles.