The stomach is one of the most common areas to be sculpted by liposuction, and liposuction can produce excellent results using the minimally invasive technique. Minimally invasive liposuction uses local anesthesia only and is the safest and most reliable method for achieving a smooth, natural appearance.
How stomach liposuction works
In this method, the stomach fat is numbed gently using a dilute solution of local anesthesia, and the fat is extracted using very small surgical instruments called microcannulas. Since, microcannulas remove a controlled amount of fat with each pass through the area being sculpted, they produce a smoother result than traditional liposuction using larger instruments.
Liposuction, or liposculpture, of the abdomen can easily be accomplished in about an hour and can often be combined with other areas if the tummy is not too large. In women, the thighs, hips, arms, or neck are frequently combined areas. In men, the love handles (flanks), chest, and neck can be combined.
Stomach liposuction recovery
Recovery after liposuction of the stomach is similar to recovery of other areas using the minimally invasive technique. For most people having liposuction in Los Angeles, this is a big advantage. Most patients have mild soreness for a few days and describe the feeling as similar to soreness they would have if they had done a thousand sit-ups the night before. Patients can often return to exercise within the first week. The new, thinner shape is usually visible by 3 – 4 weeks but may take 12 – 20 weeks to fully appear.
Candidates for stomach liposuction
Good candidates for liposuction of the stomach are patients who have extra fat in this area who are in relatively good physical condition. The fat must be overlying the stomach muscles. Stomach fat is overlying the stomach muscles in most women. Many men, however, have stomach fat underlying the stomach muscles. This is the typical “beer belly” stomach. If the stomach fat is overlying your stomach muscles, you should be able to grab it with one hand and move it around. Fat overlying the stomach muscles can be removed by liposuction.
Many people wonder if they need a tummy tuck instead of stomach liposuction. A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure and carries a much higher risk than minimally invasive liposuction. The risk of death from a tummy tuck procedure is real; whereas, there have been no deaths and very few complications reported in liposuction using local anesthesia only. Most patients do not need a tummy tuck, and they should do stomach liposuction first. Often times, any loose skin retracts nicely making a tummy tuck unnecessary.