The abdomen and stomach are the most common areas treated with liposuction. This area of the body tends to store superficial (subcutaneous) fat, which is located just below the skin, but above the abdominal muscles. Liposuction of the stomach and abdomen usually produces impressive results making the stomach and abs noticeably thinner and flatter.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not the same thing as a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a multi-step surgical procedure that removes both fat and skin to tighten abdominal muscles. In many cases, liposuction can produce equally as effective cosmetic results as a tummy tuck in a less invasive manner.
Candidates For Abdominal Liposuction
Liposuction works best on people who have localized fat deposits in their stomach and abdomen. These areas of fat are typically resistant to diet and exercise and are often the result of genetics. The best candidates are:
- Physically fit
- Within 20 pounds of their ideal weight
- Have firm, elastic skin, and
- Maintain weight stability.
Here’s why we look for these characteristics in liposuction candidates. First of all, the skin must shrink to adjust to the slimmer you. That’s why we look at skin elasticity prior to the procedure. Secondly, liposuction results are permanent, but only if your weight remains stable. Losing or gaining a significant amount of weight will affect results.
What To Expect From Liposuction
Liposuction is a great way to achieve a slimmer look, but it won’t change the shape of your body. It’s not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but it can help you feel better about your body and get rid of a stubborn muffin top or spare tire.
During the procedure, your physician will use a local anesthetic to make small incisions near the areas to be targeted. Then a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is used to loosen and remove fat deposits. After the procedure, you may feel minor soreness and discomfort for up to 72 hours. This pain is similar to the pain of sore muscles after a workout and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. There is typically no restriction on your activities after the first 24 hours.
We always develop a post-care treatment plan for every liposuction patient. The post-care plan will help ensure proper healing and ease recovery.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation At EnLighten Skin & Body Medspa
If you are bothered by areas of stubborn fat, schedule a consultation at EnLighten Skin & Body Medspa. It’s possible that liposuction can help you achieve the results you want.
Call 407-857-5476 or make an appointment online right now to get started.