One of the more common problem areas men and women seek cosmetic treatments for is the stomach area. More accurately called abdominal liposuction, stomach liposuction is a highly-sought procedure and liposuction overall ranks in the top five for cosmetic procedures worldwide.
Many people naturally carry excess weight in the abdomen, especially from middle age and after pregnancy and menopause. It can be very difficult to budge and has a significant impact on how we feel in clothes and our self-confidence.
There are several things you need to know about stomach liposuction, and you must understand the difference between liposuction and liposculpture so that you can determine which approach will be best for you.
What is Stomach Liposuction?
When you put on weight, the volume of fat cells in your body increases, as does their size.
Liposuction (also called suction-assisted lipectomy or lipoplasty) reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body. It results in a permanent change to the amount of fat in the area and the resultant contour of the body, provided your weight remains stable thereafter.
Stomach liposuction is performed on men and women when there is a significant amount of localised fat in certain abdominal areas, including the “muffin top” and over the “six-pack”. It’s important to understand that liposuction is not an effective weight loss solution, but rather an approach for people with stable body weight, but who have specific problem areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
Liposuction, while it is an effective treatment approach, requires a general anaesthetic, significant recovery time, and may not always deliver aesthetically pleasing results on its own. As such, it is best suited to people with elastic skin and good muscle tone.
Tumescent liposculpture, on the other hand, is a more advanced approach to liposuction that addresses smaller fat deposits. It is gentler, and performed under local anaesthesia and targets the treatment area to not only remove fat but recontour the body for optimal aesthetic results. Patients can move freely into the desired positions to effectively contour the body, plus fine tuning can be performed at the end of the procedure, as the patient is able to stand up afterwards, so the liposculpture surgeon can assess for symmetry and visualise possibly more fat to be removed.
What Can I Expect From Stomach Liposuction?
To qualify as a good candidate for liposuction, you must be in good general health and not experience diabetes, compromised immunity, heart disease, or other conditions which may complicate surgery and recovery.
- Results – stomach liposuction is a suitable treatment for anyone in good general health who has excess abdominal fat. This fat must be subcutaneous (between the skin and the muscle) and not be visceral fat (fat located within the abdomen itself, under the muscle and located around the internal organs). Up to 70% of the fat volume present in the area may be able to be removed.
Scarring should ultimately be minimal. Liposuction under general anaesthesia recovery time is significant and bleeding and swelling are common during the post-surgical period. It requires a hospital stay.
- Cost – liposuction costs much more than liposculpture. You need to also factor in additional fees for hospital admission, anaesthesia, surgeon assistant, theatre costs, etc. (Liposculpture costs at Be Sculptured are significantly less than for liposuction under local anaesthesia.)
- Restrictions/Requirements – limited numbers of areas can be treated at one time.
People who have high amounts of visceral fat (within the abdomen rather than just under the skin) are less suitable for liposuction/liposculpture.
Abdominal hernias within the treatment area will need to be repaired before treatment.
Stomach Liposuction versus Liposculpture
To remove excess fat from the abdomen (and other areas) you may elect to have liposuction or liposculpture. Though similar, these procedures have important differences which you must understand.
Liposuction is most commonly used on larger body areas, of which the abdomen is one. It is suited to remove larger amounts of fat and can be a good option for the abdomen and hips. A general anaesthetic is required and a large suction cannula is used. Sagginess of the skin may be an after-effect, potentially requiring further treatment like a tummy tuck for best results.
Liposculpture, while derived from traditional liposuction, is a more advanced, gentler treatment option. Smaller focus areas are treated and excess body fat is eliminated via narrow bore cannulas. This contributes to smoother results. At the same time, the skin is tightened (by “de-weighting” the skin with removal of the underlying fat) and the body is sculpted for a streamlined result. Any irregularities are addressed on the spot.
Liposculpture requires only a local anaesthetic and mild sedation, has little downtime, minimises swelling, bleeding, and discomfort, and is suited to the treatment of more body areas.
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