Liposuction is considered one of the most wanted cosmetic surgery procedures all over the world. In fact, liposuction is the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US. Meanwhile, its noninvasive counterpart, the nonsurgical liposuction is the number one cosmetic procedure people would want to undergo based on the surveys performed by Realself.com. Let us now find out all about tummy liposuction before and after the procedure.
Tummy liposuction before and after: The purpose
As we age, our body fats get generally redistributed, and most of them find refuge around the middle of our body. Certain life situations, like pregnancy and childbirth for women, can intensify the concentration of fat in the abdominal area. This scenario leaves women with muffin tops, love handles, and other terms that refer to unsightly belly fat. You can also blame genetics and your body metabolism! Some people can eat to their hearts’ content and easily turn these into energy, so they stay fit and slim, while some consume just a fraction of what others ate and retained them as fat! These instances are where liposuction, specifically tummy liposuction, is for.
Stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise is usually subcutaneous fat that is located beneath the skin. Tummy liposuction targets these unwanted fatty tissues to contour your abs and improve its shape.
Tummy liposuction before and after: The liposuction technique
The most common form of surgical tummy liposuction is the tumescent liposuction. This liposuction type introduces large amounts of diluted solution of local anaesthesia (usually including lidocaine and epinephrine) into the fatty abdominal area beneath the skin which causes the tummy to become tumescent, meaning swollen and firm. Lidocaine, a component that is part of the tumescent solution, is a kind of anaesthesia that is introduced into the abdomen, so the need for general anaesthesia is sometimes unnecessary. The epinephrine that is also in the tumescent solution affects the body’s vasoconstriction, so less bleeding during the procedure is expected. By eliminating the risks of using general anaesthesia and having excessive bleeding, it can be safe to say that the tumescent technique for tummy liposuction eliminates the most common dangers associated with it.
Tummy liposuction before and after: The step-by-step process
During the tumescent tummy liposuction, the doctor makes incisions in the fatty area of the abdomen, small enough to be hidden but large enough to fit a straw-like tube called a cannula that is connected to a suction device. The surgeon inserts this cannula into the incision and moves it rapidly to loosen and suction the fatty tissues. The whole procedure may last from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. After eliminating the stubborn fat, closing the incisions and bandaging of the abdomen takes place, and the patient is sent to the recovery room for monitoring.
Tummy liposuction before and after: The outcome
The estimated recovery time for abdominal liposuction is up to two weeks. During your recovery period, your surgeon may recommend wearing compression bandages for support. You can expect pain and tenderness around the abdomen, as well as noticeable bruising and swelling during the first few days. You can see the results of the liposuction procedure 6 to 12 weeks after the surgery is performed. Just remember that though the liposuction procedure removed stubborn fats around your body, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them back. If you do not exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle and proper diet, the results of your tummy liposuction can get lost, and your flabby tummy could develop once again.