Abdominal liposuction (abdominoplasty) for women is one of the most common surgical procedures in Australia and the rest of the world.
To learn more about abdominal liposuction for women, please read our information below and determine if this procedure could provide a solution for the specific problems you are encountering.
How Is Abdominal Liposuction for Women Performed?
Abdominal liposuction for women is performed under a local or a general anaesthetic (general anesthesia). During the procedure, your surgeon will also use a tumescent solution. The tumescent solution is a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine; this combination shrinks the blood vessels to reduce bleeding during surgery, but also sedates that treatment area so the patient is comfortable when liposuction is performed. Therefore, the procedure can also be referred to as tumescent liposuction.
When the treatment area is sedated, the surgeon will make an incision; this incision is needed for the small tube (cannula) that will be fed through the incision into the treatment area. The tube is connected to a vacuum, which provides the suction to remove the excess fat.
Once all the excess fat has been removed from the treatment area, the surgeon will drain out any excess fluid or blood for the area. Then, the area is stitched up and a special compression garment is applied to keep the new shape of the abdomen.
Who Is A Good Candidate For This Cosmetic Procedure?
Various patients can be good candidates for liposuction or liposculpture. Certain areas of the body are more prone to body fat accumulation and therefore more common in terms of liposuction surgery. Areas that can have an accumulation of fat cells are the outer thighs, love handles, abdomen, and inner thighs. Of course, liposuction of fatty tissue in other areas is also possible. It depends on the problem areas the patient has.
Liposuction can also be used for breast augmentation, more specifically breast reduction. By using fat removal on the breasts, the patient can go down up to two cup sizes. It provides an alternative to the excision of breast tissue and can be executed if the patient has a sufficient amount of fat in the breasts.
Can Fat Obtained Through Liposuction be Used For Rejuvenation?
Fat that is obtained through a liposuction procedure can be used for rejuvenation as well as volume enhancement. After the fat is harvested, it is filtered and then used in a fat transfer; this involves injecting treated fat into the desireable area.
What Can Influence the Results of the Lipo Treatment?
There are numerous factors that could influence the results obtained from a lipo treatment, so it is important that patients are informed about these denominators, so they have realistic expectations when having this procedure done. To learn more about the factors that could influence the results obtained through lipo, please read our overview below.
Women who were pregnant before should be aware that their previous pregnancy could influence the results obtained from a lipo procedure. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch considerably, which causes the lower abdomen to bulge to a certain extent. As you may know, the curvature of the abdominal wall will determine how flat the abdomen is and will determine the shape of the silhouette you obtain after lipo.
Even though most women are content with the results from a lipo procedure, despite previous pregnancies, the silhouette of the lower abdomen can be adjusted further with a tummy tuck. If results could be impacted by a previous pregnancy, Dr Lanzer will inform you about any additional options you may have before the procedure takes place.
The C-Section Bulge
Liposuction may correct the effects of a C-section, which often causes a persistent bulge of subcutaneous fat above the incision. If you want this problem corrected, make sure your surgeon has experience with such procedures, as the removal of fat above an old incision is a delicate procedure.
Discover Abdominal Liposuction For Women Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Abdominal Liposuction For Women. When you choose to have a lipo procedure, it is important to realise that not all fats will be removed from the body, since intestinal fat can only be removed through diet and exercise.
If you’re looking to remove fat from the abdomen, get a free consultation at Melbourne Liposuction clinic with Dr Lanzer.
Obesity and Weight Loss
A considerable amount of weight loss after a period of obesity can make the removal of persistent fats through lipo surgery a little more difficult, since the combination of obesity and subsequent weight loss can make the fats inside the body more fibrous. This is also one of the reasons why patients should always choose a surgeon with a considerable amount of experience, because there are always risks involved with cosmetic surgery.
Location of Fats
The location of persistent fats can also influence the results of your lipo procedure. In general, excess fat deposits can exist on two levels: a superficial and a deep level. Superficial fats are situated just underneath the skin and above the abdominal muscles, while deep fats are situated inside the abdominal cavity and cover the intestines.
In most cases, people will have more deep fat than subcutaneous fat. Unfortunately, only subcutaneous fat can be removed with a lipo procedure, because the removal of deep fats would be far too dangerous for the patient. Therefore, patients need to count on diet and exercise to lose the fat that surrounds the intestines. However, patients will still notice a considerable improvement with a lipo treatment, providing they are willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle after their procedure.
Even though age is not a limitation to have a lipo procedure, your age can influence the results you may obtain from a lipo procedure. Older patients tend to have less elastic skin, which may cause some loose skin if a considerable amount of fat is removed. Therefore, always inform about the expected results of your lipo procedure before you go ahead.
What Can I Expect After a Lipo Procedure?
After a liposuction procedure, the patient will need some time to heal and recover. During this recovery process, the patient will need some pain management medication. However, pain medication is usually minor, since pain after a lipo procedure can be compared to muscle soreness or a bad sunburn.
We do need to state that pain after a procedure cannot be measured, because every patient has her own tolerance for pain. Therefore, be sure to talk to your surgeon about pain management before the procedure. You can also book an emergency follow-up appointment when you believe the pain you experience is abnormal.
Pain after your procedure will also be more intense when you flex the treatment area of the skin, for example when you get in and out of your car. Therefore, it is advised to avoid strenuous activities until your body has healed sufficiently. Also, rigorous physical activity should only be resumed when you have received the all clear from your surgeon.
Should I Do Research into Liposuction Before My Initial Appointment?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires you to do some research before you consider it. Fortunately, you can always count on an experienced cosmetic surgery or another specialised health professional to give you more information about lipo and similar procedures.
Prospective patients can also find more information about liposuction on our website. The Dr Lanzer Clinic has made several information pages regarding liposuction, which you can read through at your own pace from the convenience of your own home.
For some patients, it can help to research the treatment before their consultation; this helps them to determine which questions they want to ask their surgeon. Of course, if you have a question after your initial consultation, you are more than welcome to contact Dr Lanzer’s friendly staff for information or advice.
Do you have additional questions about abdominal liposuction for women? Feel free to contact our clinic for an appointment or have a look at the additional information pages on our website.