Liposuction of the abdomen can be a very effective tool to contour the body. It is commonly used in those areas of the body where people are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise. These areas can often be the “love handle” regions of the body, the upper abdomen, and the bra fat area of the back.
Q: What types of anesthesia are commonly used during liposuction?
I use a general anesthetic to ensure that my patients are comfortable.
Q: What is the difference between abdominal liposuction and a tummy tuck?
During a liposuction procedure you just remove fat. A cannula (straw-like tube) is attached to a vacuum device that is used to remove the fat. For someone that has a loose or lax abdominal wall, liposuction alone won’t get rid of their “pooch” which is ultimately what they want to remove.
However, with a tummy tuck, the surgeon excises fat AND changes the contour of the abdominal wall, tightening the abdominal muscles. When used in combination with a mini-tummy tuck, liposuction can be a very powerful tool to contour the already athletic body.
Q: Can liposuction of the abdomen be as effective as a tummy tuck?
This depends on the tightness of the abdominal wall. Women who have not had kids are great candidates for liposuction as their abdominal wall has not been stretched from having babies.