Do you have more jiggle and fat around your midsection than you would like? The abdomen liposuction is a common problem area for both men and women. Unfortunately, stubborn excess belly fat doesn’t always respond to diet and exercise. So what’s the solution for a perfectly sculpted abdomen?
Abdominal liposuction helps transform your tummy into a smooth, flat stomach with natural-looking results and minimal downtime. This minimally invasive solution eliminates fat cells permanently from the abdomen.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), stomach imperfections are one of the leading problem areas in the body. If eating healthy and working out fails to deliver your ideal mid-region, eliminate belly fat for good with abdomen lipo.
Liposuction of the abdomen removes stubborn belly fat, slims down the tummy, and helps contour your midsection. This cosmetic surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home shortly after treatment. Stomach liposuction can last anywhere between one to three hours, depending on how much fat you want to be eliminated.
Liposuction surgery begins with a small incision in the treatment area. Next, unwanted fat, bulges, love handles, and excess fat in the abdominal area are removed using a cannula suction tube and a specialized liquid called tumescent fluid. The cannula is a hollow tube that helps break down fat cells using high-frequency vibrations (VASER lipo) or a high-pressure water jet before sucking the fat out. Tumescent fluid is a mixture of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine. The fluid is injected into the subcutaneous fat inside you. Epinephrine is a drug responsible for shrinking the blood vessels, and lidocaine is a local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area. The fluid also helps dislodge fat layers and separate fat from the surrounding tissues for easier removal.
Small 2mm – 3mm incisions are made under the folds of your body’s natural creases, including the groin, the pubis, or the navel. Strategically placing the incisions in these areas help hide any scarring. Incisions are closed with traditional sutures or medical-grade liquid sutures.
Traditional liposuction is performed under general anesthesia, where tumescent liposuction injects local anesthesia into the treatment zone while you are awake. You remain safe, relaxed, and comfortable throughout the procedure. Most Clinics utilize newer, more innovative types of lipo, like tumescent liposuction, because they’re safer, just as effective, and don’t require potentially dangerous anesthesia.
There are two types of fat deposits in the body: subcutaneous and visceral.
Subcutaneous fat cells create a soft, bulky, or pudgy appearance and can develop almost anywhere on the body.
Subcutaneous fat is notorious for being frustratingly resistant to diet and exercise. However, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and still notice fat deposits in your midsection, it’s most likely subcutaneous fat. The other type of fat is visceral fat. Visceral fat is deeper in the body, often surrounding the internal abdominal organs. Liposuction can not address visceral fat. However, this type of fat responds exceptionally well to eating a healthy diet and exercising.
Liposuction addresses subcutaneous fat. Stomach lipo removes subcutaneous fat to eliminate protruding, bumpy, uneven fat deposits to create a slim and toned appearance.
Liposuction is especially effective in the belly region in individuals with a layer of fat that they have been trying to lose. Abdominal liposuction can be performed alongside other cosmetic procedures like liposuction in the legs, arms, chin, hips, or back.
Below are the most common problem areas treated with stomach lipo.
Flank Area (Muffin Top)
Getting plastic surgery is a big decision. Some patients respond incredibly well to liposuction procedures, while others require more invasive surgery like an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The results of liposuction and a tummy tuck can be permanent with proper diet and exercise. However, substantial weight gain can undo the effects of both procedures.
Here’s a breakdown to help you decide which is best for your body, goals, and lifestyle.
During a tummy tuck, a plastic surgeon makes a large horizontal incision across the hips. The abdominal muscles are repaired, excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is sutured together. The procedure is often combined with liposuction to tighten, lift, and smooth the body contours.
Tummy tucks are excellent for healthy patients who have excess skin and stubborn fat on their midsection due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or age. A tummy tuck procedure is a lot more invasive than liposuction and requires longer healing times. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and recovery time is significant.
Stomach liposuction removes small fat deposits in the midsection. Fat cells are permanently removed, making it ideal for a healthy person with fat deposits that do not respond to diet or exercise.
Liposuction does not address skin elasticity or remove any excess skin. While you’ll likely experience moderate skin tightening, if you have a lot of loose skin, you may want to consider another option like a tummy tuck.
Most patients with excess stomach fat can benefit from this fat removal procedure. The amount of fat that can be extracted depends on how much extra fat is present before the procedure. As a general rule of thumb, most patients will see around 70% less volume.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure but a body contouring treatment to remove pesky fat deposits that won’t budge with regular diet and exercise.
An initial consultation is necessary to ensure cosmetic surgery is safe for you like any other cosmetic procedure. During your consultation, you’ll chat about your history, including any medical conditions that may contraindicate surgery.
Some patients may be required to stop taking certain medications or supplements before surgery. You must stop blood thinners, aspirin, alcohol, and ibuprofen in the days leading up to your liposuction appointment. Additionally, smoking needs to stop because it can slow and complicate the healing process.
Immediately after your procedure, you’ll wear a compression garment to encourage healing, reduce swelling and add sharpness to your treated area. For most patients, compression garments should be worn for a total of 6 weeks. You’ll receive specific after-care instructions before going home on the day of surgery.
Dull pain, swelling, bruising, and redness are common. Wearing your compression clothing can help reduce your chances of swelling and discomfort. If needed, your doctor may prescribe pain medication to relieve any discomfort. Downtime is minimal. Most people return to work within 1 week and may resume normal activities shortly after. In most cases, patients can start or restart an exercise routine about 2-3 weeks after liposuction.
Abdomen liposuction patients will come back to our office for a follow-up in the days after the procedure. This appointment is to ensure you’re healing properly without any complications.
Your results will depend on your weight and skin elasticity. Abdominal liposuction is specially tailored for you. However, it’s essential to always have realistic expectations. You’ll notice a slimmer tummy immediately after stomach liposuction. Abdominal contours will continue to improve after the initial swelling, and post-procedure bruising subsides. Expect to see the final results within three months of your stomach lipo procedure. You’ll see a significant difference in the size and shape of your stomach.
Liposuction eliminates fat from the body long-term. Maintaining your weight will help ensure your flat, smooth tummy will stay looking its best.
If you’re ready to achieve your body goals, book a consultation to learn more about how abdomen lipo can help slim, tone, and define your stomach.