Abdominoplasty and liposuction means reduction of a marked layer of subcutaneous fat and skin in the abdominal area by means of a combination of abdominal liposuction – sucking out the fat – and of surgical removal of excess skin. Fat deposits usually form on the hips, in the area of the waist or sometimes even ribs. By removing fat by liposuction, the subcutaneous fat layer gets thinner and the overall condition is ameliorated. Abdominoplasty and liposuction surgery usually yields excellent overall results.
When does abdominal plastic surgery help?
Insufficiently firm or separated muscles have a negative impact on the shape of the abdomen. The content of the abdominal cavity, above all the fat tissue accumulated between the intestinal loops, so called visceral fat, participates in forming the abdominal shape as well. This type of fat deposit causes the classical belly bulge and the “apple-shaped” figure.
Abdominal plastic surgery predominantly deals with superficial tissues – muscle, subcutaneous tissue, and skin. It is not possible to operate inside the abdominal cavity on the so-called visceral fat; here, only natural weight-loss brings success.
How is abdominoplasty with liposuction performed?
The appropriateness of an approach combining abdominal plastic surgery and liposuction is decided by a plastic surgeon during a consultation with the patient.
Abdominal surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. After the abdominal surgery, hospitalization of about 2-3 days is needed depending on the extent of the procedure. Abodminoplasty and abdominal liposuction surgery itself is very similar to classical abdominoplasty.
Abdominal liposuction – no sooner than after the surgery?
In some cases it is suitable to use the liposuction technique for the correction of fat deposits only after the surgical procedure itself. Dividing the surgery into two phases is appropriate in situations, when a combined surgery would present a great burden for the patient. A several-month break decreases the risk of complications during healing in the postoperative period. Thus, liposuction of the abdomen represents an effective complementation to the surgical procedure itself.