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Enhance Your Waistline with Abdominal Liposuction

By Peter Fisher, MD on October 21, 2016


A woman's slim, contoured abdomenEven with regular exercise and a healthy diet, it can be difficult to achieve the desired tone and definition of the abdomen. When crunches, sit-ups, or abdominal exercises are unable to give you the stomach you desire, abdominal liposuction may be able to help. Liposuction can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, creating a smooth, contoured abdominal appearance. To find out if abdominal liposuction is right for you, schedule a consultation with San Antonio, TX plastic surgeon Peter Fisher.

The Abdominal Liposuction Procedure

During abdominal liposuction, small incisions, measuring only about three to five millimeters, are made within the abdomen. A suctioning tool, called a cannula, is then inserted through the incisions to gently remove unwanted pockets of fat. The procedure is relatively quick, taking only one to three hours.

Abdominal liposuction is generally performed under general anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure. Because patients are not kept overnight, arrangements must be made for a friend or family member to take the patient home after treatment.

Recovering after Abdominal Liposuction

Some time will be needed after abdominal liposuction to recover. The number of days or weeks needed for a full recovery will vary based on the amount of fat removed and the size of the treatment area. Most patients are recovered enough to return to work within a week after treatment. Although patients may return to work shortly after liposuction, strenuous activity should be avoided for about six weeks.

Immediately after abdominal liposuction, patients can expect to experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and should subside as the tissues heal and adjust to the new contours of the abdomen. Liposuction results may be noticed shortly after surgery; however, full results can take several months to appear.

Candidates for Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is suitable for men and women, helping those who are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen achieve a more streamlined, contoured appearance. Liposuction is not a means for achieving significant weight loss. Accordingly, candidates should be near their ideal weight and healthy enough to undergo surgery. Ideal candidates also include:

  • Those with stubborn abdominal fat: Those who are unable to get rid stubborn abdominal fat with diet and exercise often make excellent candidates for abdominal liposuction.
  • Those who have given birth or had a cesarean: Pregnancy and cesarean sections can leave many women with a pocket of fat within their lower abdomen. Often called a “post-baby pooch,” many women find it impossible to flatten this area. Abdominal liposuction can help restore the lower abdomen to its former tone and definition.
  • Men and women over 18: Liposuction is an elective surgery used to cosmetically enhance the appearance. It is recommended that candidates for liposuction be over 18.

Are You a Candidate for Abdominal Liposuction?

When diet and exercise no longer provide results, it may be time to consider alternative options. Liposuction can help remove stubborn deposits of fat to reveal beautiful tone and definition. To find out if you're a candidate for abdominal liposuction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher.

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