The abdomen is a notorious problem area for stubborn fat. Despite endless crunches and sit-ups, some people may never achieve a flat, sculpted stomach. If this sounds familiar, you may be a candidate for abdominal liposuction.
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can be used to eliminate fat in trouble spots of the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and neck. Abdominal liposuction focuses on the stomach, helping to eliminate stubborn fat to reveal a more streamlined torso. The lower abdomen, waistline, and general stomach area can all benefit from abdominal liposuction treatment.
Liposuction, regardless of the treatment area, is essentially the suctioning of fat out of localized areas of the body. There are different methods including traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction, and laser-assisted liposuction. Many surgeons, and patients prefer tumescent and laser-assisted liposuction over traditional treatments as they are safer and provide better results. Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of a special solution prior to liposuction treatment. This solution includes saline (to make the fatty tissues swell), lidocaine (an anesthetic), and epinephrine (which helps reduce bleeding). This solution helps to liquify fat, reduce pain, and prevent excessive bleeding during the liposuction procedure. Laser-assisted liposuction uses a cannula with laser tip to gently melt fat for easier removal, and reduced post-operative pain, swelling, and bruising. Either treatment can be used for abdominal liposuction.
Abdominal liposuction is successful at contouring the torsos of both men and women of nearly any age. Candidates for abdominal liposuction should be in good physical health and able to tolerate surgery. Candidates must also understand that liposuction is not a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle, including eating right and regularly exercising. Abdominal liposuction candidates include:
To find out more information about abdominal liposuction and to see if you're a candidate, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with North West Plastic Surgery Associates.