The abdomen is the most common area of the body to be treated by liposuction (or lipoplasty) among both men and women. Important factors that affect the success of abdominal liposuction include: the amount and location of abdominal fat, history of weight gain and weight loss, history of pregnancy, and the age and the sex of the patient.
Age of a Liposuction Patient
Age of the patient is not an important factor in the success of liposuction. Some of the happiest patients are women who are more than 60 of age. In a healthy older woman, liposuction can improve an obese abdomen with little risk or discomfort.
Previous Pregnancy and Abdominal Liposuction
A previous pregnancy tends to stretch the abdominal muscles, and cause the lower abdomen to bulge to a certain degree. This curvature of the abdominal wall muscles determines the flatness or the shape of the abdominal silhouette after liposuction. Nevertheless, the vast majority of women who have been pregnant are ultimately very happy with results obtained by liposuction alone, and do not require an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
C-Section Bulge and Abdominal Liposuction
The Pfannenstiel incision is the name for the incision across the lower abdomen that is typically made for Cesarian sections, or a hysterectomy. A common but undesirable consequence of a Pfannenstiel incision is a persistent bulge of subcutaneous fat just above the incision. Liposuction can easily repair this annoying deformity.
Prior Obesity and Abdominal Liposuction
Prior obesity and subsequent weight loss produce fat that is more fibrous. This makes liposuction more difficult.
Location of Abdominal Fat and Abdominal Liposuction
Location of abdominal fat is an important factor in predicting the success of abdominal liposuction. Abdominal fat occurs in two different levels: superficial and deep. Superficial abdominal fat is located just below the skin and above the abdominal muscles. The deep abdominal fat is located inside the abdominal cavity on the intestines. Some people have more deep (intestinal) fat than subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat can be removed by liposuction. Intestinal fat cannot be removed by liposuction because it would be too dangerous. Fat on the intestines can only be diminished by weight loss through diet and exercise. Thus liposuction cannot remove all of the abdominal fat. Most patients have more subcutaneous fat than intestinal fat. Thus, most patients will see a good cosmetic improvement with abdominal liposuction.
Upper Abdomen and Abdominal Liposuction
Upper abdomen skin may appear slightly wrinkled after liposuction. In older patients with decreased skin elasticity of the upper abdomen, there is a tendency for the skin to appear somewhat crêpé or slightly wrinkled. Interestingly, the lower abdominal skin does not seem to be susceptible to this type of post-liposuction crêpiness. The elasticity of Scarpa’s fascia might prevent crêpiness after liposuction of the lower abdomen.
How Much Does Abdominal Liposuction Cost?
Abdominal liposuction cost could vary from patient to patient. Please feel free to call our office, or schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Harris.
Liposuction Before and After Photos
Please visit our liposuction before and after page to see some examples of Dr. Harris’ work.
Side Effects of Liposuction
Abdominal liposuction is a very safe procedure. After the procedure you may experience swelling, bruising, numbness, contour irregularities or other discomforts. Liposuction is a sculpturing technique in which Dr. Harris has years of experience with. You should consult her on any concerns or questions regarding the side effects of liposuction.