Liposuction is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery, and the abdomen is the most common area of the body treated by liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure designed to change the shape of an area, slimming and making a body more proportional. The procedure is completed by removing excessive fat deposits.
Liposuction can lead to a slimmer, more shapely abdomen, but also has a few risks. Being aware of the benefits, risks, and costs of abdominal liposuction and what to expect before, during, and after a procedure can help you to make an informed decision about whether liposuction is right for you.
The Cost of Abdominal Liposuction
Abdominal liposuction isn’t out or reach for most people, but it isn’t particularly “cheap” per se – especially if you want to make sure the job is done right.
The price of liposuction varies greatly, depending on costs as diverse as a surgeon’s fee, the costs of the hospital or surgical facility, costs of anesthesia and an anesthetist’s time, the amount of fat that needs to be removed, and the price of medications, post-surgical garments and additional medical tests that need to be performed.
Because of these variables, higher-end upper and lower abdominal liposuction can cost as much as $7,500 US dollars, while a lower-end version of the same procedure can cost as little as $3,000.
For the lower abdomen (the bigger problem area for most people) the price range is generally smaller and usually hovers around $2,000. However, it is important to consider that a lower price does not necessarily mean a better value.
Finding the right balance of price and effectiveness can result in a happier experience with liposuction. The risk of complications associated with a surgery can be reduced by choosing a good quality surgeon. Ideally, a surgeon will have completed no less than five years of additional surgical training and spent at least two years in plastic surgery in particular.
What to Expect from Abdominal Liposuction – Realistically
Having realistic expectations for your abdominal liposuction is extremely important.
Most liposuction results are not immediate and several months is a normal amount of time to expect to endure some minor swelling.
After the swelling goes down, however, the final contours will be much more apparent. A successful liposuction includes whether or not a patient’s expectations were satisfied, how the patient felt about their body’s deficiencies beforehand, and how well the procedure was actually executed.
Your surgeon should be able to give you a good estimate of results, but there are several variables which can help to determine the success of liposuction. When liposuction is completed on the upper abdomen, wrinkling of the skin may occur, especially in older patients, who have been known to have lessened skin elasticity.
However, if only the lower abdomen is suctioned, weight gain will cause a bulkiness in the upper abdomen. Men have harder, more fibrous fat than women, making it harder to complete liposuction on their bodies as well.
Risks, Side Effects, Safety and Health Considerations of Abdominal Liposuction
There are a few risks and side effects associated with liposuction of the abdomen. The most expected side effects are uneven contours, irregularities in skin pigmentation, loose or rippled skin, skin discoloration, scarring, and bleeding.
More serious side effects include fat clots, blood clots, extreme loss or retention of fluid, heat injuries, risks from anesthesia, changes in skin sensation, nerve damage, asymmetry of body, persistent pain, damage to organs, structures, and muscles, swelling of legs, deep vein thrombosis, complications related to cardiopulmonary operations, and the possibility of correctional surgery.
To minimize this risk, make your doctor aware of all pre-existing medical conditions. The best candidates for abdominal liposuction are people who are in good health who don’t smoke, have firm skin, don’t have any serious medical conditions and have specific goals for how they want their bodies to look.
What does the procedure entail? How painful is it? What kind of anesthesia is utilized?
The procedure consists of first being put under general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once you are under, the doctor will make small incisions in a place which can be easily hidden.
Your doctor will infuse a sterile liquid to protect you from excessive bleeding and trauma.The surgeon will then use a cannula, or thin tube, to loosen excess fat which can then be suctioned out with a syringe or surgical vacuum.
You should feel no pain during the procedure, but pain can be quite intense in recovery.
Abdominal Liposuction Recovery
Steps are taken to ensure a quick recovery right away. Compression garments or elastic bandages are put over the surgical site to control swelling.
Drains may also be instituted temporarily to remove fluids and blood. Your doctor will give you specific care instructions to handle taking care of the surgical site and when to come in for follow-up isits. Recovery time varies.
How long can you expect the results of abdominal liposuction to last?
The results of abdomen liposuction should be long lasting. After several months to allow swelling to go down, a changed physical appearance should be evident.
It is necessary, however to control your weight and amount of exercise. Liposuction is not a quick fix and still calls for dedication to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle in order to best keep results.
Alternatives to Liposuction and Less Invasive Procedures
Alternatives to liposuction include Lipodissolve, mesotherapy, Thermage, Velasmooth, and Velashape. Research these options individually to learn more.