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Abdominal Liposuction

There are many reasons why someone might choose to have an abdominal liposuction procedure performed. Perhaps you recently lost a lot of weight and have a lot of loose skin, or maybe you just had a child and aren’t happy about what pregnancy did to your midsection. No matter the circumstances, abdominal liposuction is a common procedure sought out by both women and men alike. However, there are a few factors at play that can affect the success of the procedure, such as the amount of fat there is to remove and where it’s located, weight loss and weight gain history, pregnancy history, and a patient’s age.

That said, Dr. Elizabeth Harris of San Antonio, TX, is a renowned professional in her field and strives to make any abdominal liposuction procedure as successful as possible. When you visit her office, though, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect. For example, like many procedures, all abdominal liposuction procedures consist of three steps, including an evaluation, procedure, and recovery.

 

Evaluation

The evaluation process is an important first step of any surgical procedure, especially when it comes to abdominal liposuction. When you visit the office and meet with Dr. Elizabeth Harris for your evaluation, she’ll run through your medical history and discuss any complications that could arise during or after the procedure. The evaluation meeting is also a great time to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have. Also, don’t be shy about discussing what you expect to gain from the procedure. If it helps, jot down a list of topics to discuss beforehand and simply run through that list with Dr. Elizabeth Harris.

Another topic that is often discussed during the evaluation is pricing. Because each procedure is customized based on an individual patient’s needs, pricing for abdominal liposuction varies from patient to patient. In addition, you will learn how best to prepare for the procedure and what you will need to do to make the recovery period easier.

 

Procedure

All the abdominal liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Elizabeth Harris take place at a fully accredited hospital-based outpatient surgery center in San Antonio. The procedure itself is usually performed with a steel tube known as a cannula. Using general anesthetic, the tube is inserted into an area in the abdomen. Once situated, the tube is moved around in an effort to break apart fat cells. From there, the fat is sucked through the cannula out of the patient’s body. All in all, the procedure is safe, minimally invasive, and yields excellent results.

Typically, the length of time it takes to complete an abdominal liposuction procedure varies depending on the patient, how much fat is being removed, and whether the liposuction is being paired with another procedure, such as abdominoplasty or another type of plastic surgery procedure.

 

Recovery

Upon successful completion of an abdominal liposuction procedure, the office of Dr. Elizabeth Harris will schedule several follow-up appointments for you to attend one week, three weeks, and six weeks after the completion of the procedure. Most patients can expect the recovery process to last about a week, and throughout all the follow-up appointments, Dr. Elizabeth Harris will monitor the healing process. Fortunately, scarring isn’t common with abdominal liposuction, and most patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your age matter when considering Liposuction?

  • 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.

What if I was pregnant previously?

  • 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).

How much does the procedure 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.

Are there any 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.