Performing Liposuction on the Stomach
There's an entire industry built around improving the appearance of your abs. There are workouts meant to trim the fat and give you a six pack, and there's some fascinating-looking exercise equipment meant to help your waistline become as trim as possible. The thing is, spot reduction is a myth, meaning that you can do all the crunches you want and yet still have some problematic pockets of fat around your stomach area.
The sure way to remove this fat and leave you looking your absolute best is to meet with a cosmetic surgeon and discuss liposuction surgery. Let's take a look at liposuction right now.
Liposuction is a cosmetic fat reduction surgery that is one of the most well-known and popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed worldwide. Using a thin metal tube called a cannula, a cosmetic surgeon can extract fat from the patient's body, making him or her look and trim as a result.
Liposuction is for Aesthetics, Not Weight Loss
We always stress this to patients: liposuction is not meant for weight loss. In fact, only a certain amount of body fat can be removed from a person's body safely. Your surgeon will likely ask that you lose as much weight as you can on your own naturally and healthily prior to liposuction in order to achieve optimal results.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction of the Stomach
The best candidates for liposuction are people with problematic pockets of fat located in their abdominal area. This generally includes issues with love handles, lower abdominal fat, and fat that is situated in the lower back area. These candidates should be in otherwise good health and not suffer from any conditions that would make surgery of any kind risky.
The Liposuction Procedure
During the liposuction procedure, patients are given a local anesthetic to reduce pain or discomfort during surgery. There are many variations on the liposuction process, but the basics will all involve the cannula being carefully inserted into the treatment area. Suction will then be used to extract the fat. The surgeon will do this carefully to ensure proper contour of the abdominal area and the best possible results after surgery.
Liposuction and Other Abdominal Sculpting Options
Liposuction is a staple of many other body sculpting and contouring procedures. One such surgery in which liposuction plays a major role is the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The tummy tuck is performed in order to remove loose, sagging, and overstretched skin following major weight loss in a patient, with liposuction used to address any remaining pockets of fat. We can discuss candidacy for tummy tuck surgery during your consultation if it seems warranted.
Liposuction for Other Parts of the Body
In addition to the abdominal area, liposuction can be performed on other parts of the body. This includes liposuction for the upper arms and shoulders; liposuction for the thighs, hips, and buttocks; liposuction for the upper torso; and even liposuction for select parts of the face. We can discuss all of these with you in greater detail during your visit to our practice.
Learn More About Liposuction and Body Sculpting
If you would like to learn more about liposuction as well as your many other options for body sculpting and contouring, be sure to contact our Maryland cosmetic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these options with you in greater detail.