Liposuction Abdominal

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Liposuction Abdominal: liposculpture, abdominal liposculpture




What Is It?


Abdominal liposuction refers to the reshaping of the entire abdominal area by removing excess fat deposits. This procedure is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance abdominal appearance and is common for individuals who have recently lost a tremendous amount of weight and following childbirth. Liposuction is a common technique that can be used for almost any area of the body. It is not a procedure that is designed to help someone to lose weight or to replace healthy behaviors.




The Operation


The first step in an abdominal liposuction procedure is to administer anesthesia and this will be determined through the anesthesiologist. The amount given will be based upon the estimated length of surgery, the height and weight of the patient and their overall health status.


Then, the incisions will be made. Liposuction is performed using small incisions, often in multiple locations along the side of the abdomen. And, for some more advanced procedures, the appearance of abdominal muscles can be created through the sculpting of fat and skin underneath the primary skin’s surface.


Sterile solution is first injected into the incisions as a way to reduce the overall bleeding during the surgery as this will ultimately reduce trauma. A hollow tube is then inserted into the incision sites. A forward and backward motion is used by the surgeon to loosen the fat so that it can be sucked out using a vacuum like machine. With abdominal liposuction, the movements are often much larger than in a more gentle procedure such as facial liposuction. Many times as the incisions are so small, they can be closed with surgical tape or surgical adhesive. Bandages are often tightly wrapped around the areas affected to help reduce swelling.


It is also important to note that if there is a substantial amount of fat to be removed, it may be recommended to have multiple surgeries. The surgeon will discuss these options with the patient prior to beginning any surgical procedures.




Alternatives to Surgery


Alternatives to abdominal liposuction would be to work to reduce weight, thereby reducing the fat deposits naturally in the abdominal areas. However, for people that have undergone a tremendous amount of weight loss, it is not uncommon to not be able to lose the last portion of weight around the abdominal area. Also, as this is a cosmetic procedure, a patient could decide to maintain their personal appearance and learn to accept their present body image.




Before The Operation


The surgeon will provide the patient with specific instructions to follow for before the surgery. In some cases, there will be instructions related to losing weight, stopping medication, adding medications and when to stop eating or drinking prior to the surgical day. It is imperative that all of the instructions are followed to improve the chances of the surgery going well.




After The Operation- In the Hospital


While in the hospital recovering, the patient will be awakening from anesthesia and preparing to go home for the remainder of their recovery. Some facilities will enable patients to stay to recover, while others consider this to be an outpatient procedure and will allow the patients to go home once they are able to sit up and keep fluids down.




After The Operation- At Home


The recovery time for abdominal liposuction will vary based upon the patient, but will generally take 2-12+ weeks. While the patient may be up and around within a few days, it will take several months to see the full effect of the procedure.


After the abdominal liposuction procedure is completed, a compression garment will be used to help to reduce swelling, often times around the entire waist. Small drains may also be used to reduce fluid and the surgeon will provide specific instructions about how to care for the drains and when they will be removed.


In addition, follow up meetings with the surgical team will be scheduled to observe the progress being made. It is important to adhere to the surgeon’s instructions about recovery to avoid any complications. If any abnormal complications such as shortness of breath, excessive breathing or any other complications are noted, it is important to contact the surgeon immediately.


It is also important to work to maintain a healthy weight, as liposuction will not prevent a patient from gaining weight in the future. And, if weight is gained, the procedure will need to be re-performed to maintain the original desirable appearance.




Possible Complications


While not all patients will experience complications, it is important to review and understand the risks. Possible complications can include the following:


  • Scarring
  • Uneven contours where the fat has been removed
  • Rippling in the skin
  • Skin or permanent nerve damage
  • Skin pigmentation discoloration
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Fat clots
  • Fluid accumulation or excessive fluid loss
  • Slow to heal wounds
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Persistent pain
  • Possibility for additional surgeries




General Advice


As with any surgical procedure, it is advised to ask many questions about the process and the possible side effects in order to be fully prepared. When choosing a plastic surgeon, be sure to evaluate several and inquire as to their expertise and education before selecting one.




Estimated Costs for a Abdominal Liposuction Procedure



Country Costs
USA $2,000-12,000
Brazil $1,500-2,500
Costa Rica $1,700-2,700
South Africa $1,200-4,000
Thailand $1,000-2,000

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