Abdominal Liposuction SurgeryBefore starting to plan one’s surgery, a person needs to find out if he/she is suitable for abdominal liposuction. One should bear in mind that the higher the goal, the greater participation of the patient is needed. If a person wants the abdomen to look flat and athletic, one will have to put some efforts in specific exercise. It is also important to have realistic expectations, since this cosmetic surgery will change the appearance of one's body and might even raise one's self-esteem it will not, however, change other people's opinion towards a patient.
People, who want to have abdominal liposuction, should be in a good physical and psychological condition. In order to achieve better results, a person should also be of normal weight, have firm skin of a good elasticity. Therefore even though a patient's age is not a limit, younger people tend to experience more significant results post-operatively than the older ones. Additional diseases or conditions, such as, diabetes, heart or lung disorders, may add a greater risk to such patients.
The Best Candidates For LiposuctionTo be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It's important to understand that liposuction can enhance your appearance and self confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.
Male Abdomen Liposuction - For A Strikingly Enhanced Body ContourThough abdomen liposuction in a man is more challenging than that for a female, this shouldn’t be a problem for a surgeon having great experience and caliber. Based on factors such as the patient’s anatomy, what the patient wants, and whether or not the needs are realistic and practical, the SmartLipo plastic surgeon would determine how much fat can be eliminated. How much ever fat is got rid of, you can expect a striking aesthetic improvement in your profile.
How Is Abdominal Liposuction Performed?
Before surgery, the surgeon will mark the precise areas of the body where the fat is to be removed. An intravenous (IV) line will be inserted in a vein in your arm to make sure the fluid level in your body stays within healthy limits throughout the procedure. If you are not undergoing general anesthesia, you may be given a sedative for relaxation.
During abdominal liposuction, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin, typically in the navel or just below the bikini line, and inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. The unwanted fat is removed with a powerful vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact.
What Are Some Of The Most Common Benefits Of Abdominal Liposuction?
A newly trim abdomen can provide a psychological lift and an extra incentive to exercise regularly and maintain fitness. Many patients even find physical activity more pleasurable after shedding extra fat, and they also find that clothes tend to fit better after abdominal liposuction.
Will I Need To Stay In A Hospital?
If the amount of fat to be removed is fairly small, your surgery can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, either in your doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgery clinic. If you are having large amounts of fat removed, or are undergoing several procedures at once, you may need to spend the night in the hospital so that medical staff can monitor your initial recovery.
The procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia.
What Is The Recovery Period Like?
Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. To speed the healing process your surgeon will probably tell you to begin light activity as soon as possible.
You should be able to return to work within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary. You should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks as your body heals, but within 4 to 6 weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities. It’s important to continue wearing the compression garment, which should be easily hidden under your clothing, until your doctor tells you that it is no longer necessary.
What Is The Long-Term Outcome Like For Most People?
You should see visible results of your surgery within two or three weeks, but the full effects may not be evident for six months to a year. The more fat that you had removed, the longer it will take to achieve optimal results, because the skin has to adapt to a more radical change in shape.
Most people are pleased with the new contour of their abdomen and often feel a boost in energy and self-confidence. Although liposuction cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your waistline will always be slimmer than it would be if you hadn’t had this procedure.
How Long Do The Results Last?
Because a portion of the fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction, so you will not tend to regain weight in that area. It is important to note, however, that abdominal liposuction does not guarantee that you won’t gain weight or fat deposits in other areas of your body. Moreover, since fat cells have been removed from the treatment site but not from surround areas, this weight gain can appear uneven. It is important to maintain your weight and contour with exercise and proper diet.
Other Important InformationSince the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve quite the same results as younger patients.
Abdominal liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck, or with liposuction to other parts of the body.
Risks And LimitationsAlthough liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States, and the majority of these operations are successful, there are risks and limitations to the procedure, as with any surgery.
After surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area. Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems.
UAL liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal organs.
More serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, pulmonary embolism due to dislodged fat or blood clot, fluid build-up in the lungs, and drug overdose. A combination of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of serious complications:
- The removal of large amounts of fat
- More than one procedure being performed at the same time
- The use of general anesthesia
In order to minimize these risks, it is important that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions, both before and after surgery.
After Abdominal Liposuction
Patients should not expect to gain a great new look straight after the plastic surgery . Healing is a continuous process and, therefore, some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and pain may be apparent post-operatively. These symptoms usually last for 3 to 6 weeks but swelling might be present for half a year. A patient is able to return to work and normal activities within two weeks but exhausting activities should be avoided for about four weeks. Cosmetic results should be visible within a month or 6 weeks after surgery. And final contour will be apparent within three months post-operatively when most of the swelling disappears.
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