Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal Liposuction

Both men and women are drawn to abdominal liposuction when traditional dieting and exercise fails to reduce the fat cells which have accumulated in their midsections over time. Though this procedure is not a method of weight loss, it can reduce the circumference by several inches and make clothing look and feel much better. Although abdominal liposuction is effective for most people, it may not be the best procedure for women who have undergone several pregnancies or those who have carried a substantial amount of excess weight for several years. The lack of skin elasticity in these patients may result the need for a tummy tuck or more extensive procedure to get the intended results. For other patients of all races and nationalities, abdominal liposuction can work to melt the fat just under the skin of the abdomen and suck it away.

Preparing for Abdominal Liposuction

Before scheduling abdominal liposuction, patients should stop smoking for at least two weeks. They should not resume smoking until two weeks after the procedure. This gives the body time to heal properly. Caution should also be taken not to take any type of drug that causes the blood to be thinner during the weeks immediately before the surgery. This includes prescription and non-prescription medications, as well as herbal products. Transportation to and from the surgical site should be arranged, and it is best to have a companion scheduled to help for a day or two following the procedure.

During the Abdominal Liposuction Procedure

During abdominal liposuction, the fatty tissue under the skin is filled with a saline solution mixed with epinephrine, cortisone, and an anesthetic. This liquid causes the area to swell, and the doctor places several tiny cuts in the skin at intervals throughout the affected area. Through these, he or she inserts the canulla, tunneling it back and forth through the fat. This hollow instrument breaks up the fatty deposits and carries them out of the body, creating a more pleasing midsection. The doctor will then wrap the abdomen in bandages over which a compression garment is worn. Stitches are usually not used to allow any remaining saline solution to drain.Generally, the process is over in less than two hours.

Following the Abdominal Liposuction Procedure

Although a patient may be sore and uncomfortable for the first week following surgery, most of the achiness can be controlled with acetaminophen. The compression garment should be worn from five to ten days as directed by the doctor. The patient is able to shower the day after surgery and should walk some each day because movement aids in recovery. The swelling and bruising common after abdominal liposuction should subside within two weeks. The final appearance of the abdomen should be apparent within three to six months.

Doctors caution patients that although abdominal liposuction is safe and has been performed thousands of times, it does carry some risks and can have some undesirable side effects. The most serious risk involves the possibility of the canulla puncturing the abdominal cavity, a rare occurrance. Other problems that might develop include blood clots, allergic reactions, profuse bleeding, infections, and scarring.