Abdominal Liposuction: Cosmetic Fat Removal for the Waistline

By Sheryl Pilcher on January 23, 2015

A woman with a measuring tape around her waistDr. Sheryl Pilcher routinely achieves excellent results with body contouring and sculpting surgeries, which is why patients throughout the greater San Antonio area come to her practice. Many of the best results of surgery are thanks to liposuction, a great option for removing unwanted body fat. A number of patients who undergo liposuction do so in order to remove fat from the abdominal region. Let's look at this issue in a bit more detail right now.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a form of aesthetic fat removal that targets specific pockets and areas of fat. By undergoing liposuction, fat that does not respond to diet and exercise can be effectively removed and your overall body contour is enhanced in the process.

How common is liposuction for the abdominal area?

Very common.

Given how fat is distributed in the body in both men and women, abdominal liposuction is most often used. Abdominal liposuction is also common when performing tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), allowing for a comprehensive revision of figure and body shape.

That said, the lower abdominal area is more commonly treated than the upper abdominal area.

Love Handles and the Gut: Major Problem Areas

The two most common parts of abdominal region that are treated with liposuction are the love handles and the lower abdomen. Sometimes all a person really needs to look his or her best is to have these problematic parts of the body treated.

Ideal Candidates for Abdominal Liposuction

The most ideal candidates for abdominal liposuction are people who need to lose the last problematic areas of the fat from the abdominal region. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from any kinds of health matters that would make a procedure such as liposuction a risk to overall wellness.

Even though scarring from liposuction is minimal, it's important that patients have realistic expectations about the overall treatment process, which includes understanding the nature of post-surgical scarring and the side effects experienced while recovering from surgery.

Remember: Liposuction Isn't for Weight Loss Per Se

While patients can lose a few pounds of body fat thanks to liposuction, it's important to note that liposuction isn't for weight loss purposes. It is a body contouring procedure, and surgeons will often ask their patients to lose as much weight as they can through proper diet and regular exercise so that optimal results are achieved. In fact, patients should continue to eat right and exercise regularly after liposuction in order to ensure that the results last as long as possible.

What to Expect After Liposuction

After liposuction, the healing process will involve some bruising and swelling that should abate over the course of a week to two weeks. Discomfort is common after liposuction as well, though it will become more tolerable as patients heal.

Patients will be asked to refrain from major strenuous activities as well as smoking and drinking while they are recovering in order to ensure prompt healing that is free from complications.

Learn More About Body Contouring and Sculpting

For more information about cosmetic fat removal, it's important that you contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Sheryl Pilcher and the entire team look forward to your visit and helping you understand all of your options for advanced body contouring and sculpting.

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