For some people, no matter how hard they try, they simply will not be able to naturally get rid of their stubborn belly fat- belly fat so stubborn that it has resisted all their efforts of doing a countless amount of sit-ups and obsessively counting calories.
If you are one of those people, liposuction may be just for you! This highly effective cosmetic surgical procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of people finally win their battles of the bulge.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, or “lipoplasty”, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to quite literally “suction” away fat from different areas of the body. The goal of liposuction is to aesthetically improve the contouring of different regions of your body that have the presence of excess fat.
The thighs, back, and arms are all common areas that patients choose to have liposuction performed on, but the area that the majority of patients desire to have liposuction for their abdominal regions.
Liposuction of the Abdomen
The abdomen is the most common area that liposuction is performed on because of the fact that as people get older, fat that accumulates around the abdominals. Not only are the abdominals a common area that experiences a noticeable accumulation of fat as well as the loss of muscle tone, but is it is also the area that tends to experience weight gain and loss after various life events and happenings.
Take, for example, women who have given birth. Naturally, as a pregnant woman gets closer and closer to her due date, her belly will get bigger and bigger. As her belly gets bigger, her abdominal walls will need to stretch in order to accommodate her growing baby. After she gives birth, her abdominal walls will more than likely have lost some degree of elasticity, meaning that her abdominal muscles will simply not be as tight after her pregnancy as before her pregnancy. This loss of abdominal muscle elasticity makes losing weight after birth, especially around the abdominal region, a near impossible feat for some women, even with regular workouts and strict dieting.
Men are not immune to a gain of stubborn weight around the abdominal region- many men will, at some point in their lives, develop a “beer gut”- either due to a lack of exercise, unfavorable eating habits, or simply from drinking too much alcohol- that they will futilely later try to exercise or diet away. Whatever the case, it is easy to see why the abdominal region is an area of aesthetic concern for so many people.
Liposuction of the Lower Abdomen
The majority of people who want liposuction performed on their abdominal areas will likely want liposuction performed specifically on their lower abdominal region, which tends to retain weight better than the upper abdomen. For women who have given birth, this is basically due to the fact that the uterus is located in the lower abdominal region, meaning that as the baby grows, the lower abdominals will have to enlarge in order to accommodate the baby. The lower abdominals will have stretched more than the upper abdominals during pregnancy, which basically means that weight loss of the lower abdominals will be much more difficult than weight loss of the upper abdominals after giving birth.
Liposuction of the Upper Abdomen
Although aesthetic issues of the upper abdomen are less common of a complaint than the aesthetic issues of the lower abdomen, liposuction of the upper abdomen is nonetheless more needed than liposuction of the lower abdomen by some patients. Patients who previously had had liposuction of their abdominal areas and need another liposuction treatment of their abdominals will likely need only need liposuction of the upper abdomen in order to bring about the result that they would like to achieve.
Why Liposuction of the Upper Abdomen is often needed with Liposuction of the Lower Abdomen
Liposuction of the lower abdomen is often accompanied by liposuction of the upper abdomen because performing liposuction of just the lower abdominals tends to result in an unbalanced, less-than-optimal look about the abdominals, with the untreated section of the abdominals, usually the upper abdominals, eventually becoming more and more disproportionate to the treated section over time. In order to bring about an abdomen that will love uniform and aesthetically-balanced as time goes on, liposuction of both the lower and upper abdominal regions is recommended.
What to expect during a Liposuction procedure
During liposuction of either the upper abdomen or the lower abdomen, or during liposuction of any area of the body, anesthesia will be administered to reduce discomfort and relax the patient as the extra fat in the targeted area is removed through a hollow, tubular surgical device that is known as the cannula along with a surgical suction device that is known as the aspirator. The cannula is inserted into predetermined areas through small incisions, usually just 3mm in length.
Depending on the level of fat that is to be removed and the abilities of the cosmetic surgeon performing the liposuction procedure, there are several different liposuction techniques that can be used. Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) is the most traditional of all liposuction techniques; during a SAL procedure, the surgeon will physically push and pull the cannula back and forth in order to help loosen the fat tissue for easier removal.
Both of these liposuction procedures may be accompanied by specialized techniques that make the removal of fat much more efficient. The tumescent technique utilizes a unique combination of fluids, mainly lidocaine and epinephrine, which have been optimized to make the removal of fat much easier and quicker as well as to minimize the loss of blood during liposuction. The super-wet technique is quite similar to the tumescent technique except that it requires the use of a lesser amount of fluids. The ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) technique utilizes the energy given off by ultrasound waves to prime and liquefy fat cells for easier extraction.
Within an hour or two, a liposuction procedure can permanently remove fat from targeted areas of the body to give you a more pleasing contour about the abdomen as well as virtually any other area of the body. Although results will immediately be noticeable, full results will not be achieved until all post-op bruising and swelling have subsided.
What makes Liposuction of the Abdomen so effective?
Out of all the different types of plastic surgery, liposuction is one of the most popular and safest procedures. The popularity of liposuction can perhaps be best attributed to the fact that liposuction is capable of removing around 5 liters of fat, although the actual amount of fat that can and will be removed depends on the patient and his or her overall body type, as well as the abilities of the cosmetic surgeon who will be performing the procedure.
Liposuction is considered one of the safest plastic surgeries due to the fact that it requires only small incisions in order to successfully perform the procedure, significantly reducing the chance of surgical infections from developing as compared to other plastic surgeries that require more invasive incisions and cuts. Liposuction that can be performed using just local anesthesia, versus general anesthesia, renders the procedure even safer as the risks posed by general anesthesia are effectively eliminated by using local anesthesia.
Since there are only one or two incisions needed on the lower abdomen (and the upper abdomen if liposuction is performed there as well), each just a mere 3mm wide, visible post-op surgical scarring tends to be rare and minimal.
Individuals who are under the age of 60 and have good skin tone and elasticity tend to experience minimal to no visible sagging of the skin after a liposuction procedure, making liposuction an even more desirable and effective procedure for fat removal.
Liposuction is not just one of the most popular and safest plastic surgery procedures around- it is also regarded as one of the easiest cosmetic surgery procedures to recover from. The vast majority of patients are able to return home immediately after their procedure, after any anesthesia that was administered has worn off. Most patients will feel well enough to return to work and resume their normal, daily routines within 1 to 3 days after their liposuction procedures.
Who are good candidates for Liposuction of the Lower and/or Upper Abdomen?
People who are in at least average health with no medical issues are likely good candidates for liposuction. Being in at least average health is crucial for any type of surgical procedure as it lessens the risk of any complications from developing.
Although liposuction has the power to effectively eliminate pockets of fat from various parts of the body, it should not be used as a weight loss method; liposuction works best on individuals who are already at or near their target weight. People who are overweight or obese are encouraged to first lose the majority of the weight that they need to lose- whether through diet, exercise, a form of weight loss surgery, or a combination of those- before undergoing liposuction of the abdomen, or liposuction of any area of the body, for that matter.
Liposuction is recommended for those who have already attempted to get rid of pockets of extra fat through diet and/or exercise but have found that their attempts are always unsuccessful. If you have extra abdominal fat that have resisted all your dieting and exercising efforts, then liposuction just may very well be the solution to your abdominal woes.
Would you like to learn more about the liposuction procedure of the abdominals, or any other area of the body, and see how it can help give you back the youthful, slender body you once had? If you are ready to experience the best liposuction Columbus Ohio has to offer, call us at (614) 682 - 5005 to request a free consultation and let us answer any questions you may have about liposuction and its benefits!
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