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Certain areas of the body can accumulate unwanted fat. Fat which is hard to lose, in spite of a healthy diet and vigorous exercise programs. The abdominal wall is one such area. Fatty deposits in this area can detract from the appearance of the entire body, making a younger person seem older, or a fit person seem out of shape. Usually related to pregnancy or genetic predisposition, abdominal wall fat is a great target for liposculpture. Liposuction can give this area a new streamlined contour, enhancing the features and allowing better fit for clothes. Abdominal liposuction often improves self esteem and provides an incentive to make healthier lifestyle choices to maintain fitness in the rest of the body.

 

During the initial consultation, your surgeon should talk with you about the changes you would like to make in your appearance. He should explain the different options available, the procedure itself, including risks, limitations, and costs. You should have a comprehensive physical examination to evaluate your overall weight, your skin and muscle tone, and the pattern of distribution of fat deposits. Some patients also require tightening of the abdominal wall muscles [tummy tuck] in addition to liposuction for best results. Be sure to ask to see photos of the doctor’s recent patients, before and after treatment. Liposuction is more of a surgical art form-choose your artist well.

 

Abdominal liposuction is very safe and can be completed in an office setting surgical suite, you may be given sedatives for relaxation in addition to numbing medications for local anesthesia.  Before surgery, the surgeon will mark the precise areas of the body where the fat is to be removed. Before and after photographs should be taken for comparison and follow up. Liposuction maybe completed using traditional tumescent techniques. Laser assisted liposuction [Smart Lipo] can not only remove unwanted fat; but tighten the skin left behind. For larger fatty deposits, ultrasound assisted liposuction [VASER lip selection] is used to liquefy fat making the suction removal easier by small canula liposuction.

 

After an appropriate anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon makes tiny incisions [1-4mm in diameter] in the skin, typically in areas normally covered by the lower undergarments. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the fatty areas. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the areas to the desired proportions. The newest liposuction techniques involve the placement of a laser fiber or an ultrasound probe through an open ended cannula. Laser energy or high frequency ultrasound energy is delivered directly to the fatty tissues. This focused high level energy causes the fat to be liquefied  making suction removal easier. The unwanted fat is removed with a high suction vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact. The high level energy delivered by the laser fiber or by ultrasound can also be used to heat the undersurface of the skin–thus leading to skin retraction and skin tightening.  Cosmetically pleasing and reduced abdominal profiles with tighter skin are the target goals for abdominal liposculpture. Patients who have been self-conscious about their bulging bellies often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing styles after liposuction.  Abdominal liposuction produces consistently good results, and has a particularly high satisfaction rates among patients of all ages.

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