What is Abdominal Liposuction?

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  • Written By: K T Solis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 23 June 2019
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Abdominal liposuction is a medical procedure that helps to sculpt the body by removing stubborn fat from the abdomen. Many people struggle with losing weight in their abdomen, a problem that is often inherited, acquired because of being overweight, or gained because of past pregnancies. Some try to exercise and diet but can never lose the fat around the abdomen. As a result, these particular people may appear disproportionate because they are relatively thin but have a protruding stomach.

Before considering abdominal liposuction, a person should consult with a doctor in order to determine whether she is a good candidate for the procedure. A liposuction candidate should have realistic expectations as to how the procedure can help. The potential patient must also be in good psychological and physical condition.

Skin needs to be firm and elastic in order for abdominal liposuction to be effective. Younger patients have better results than older ones since younger people generally have better skin elasticity. Those with diabetes or lung and heart disease may encounter higher risks during the procedure.

Modern liposuction techniques such as the tumescent liposuction technique cause less bruising and swelling in patients. These techniques allow patients to recover more quickly than patients who underwent liposuction during the early days of this cosmetic procedure. Liposuction can also be performed through ultrasound-assisted liposuction.


This particular type of procedure is mostly used for the posterior hip, male and female breasts, and the back. No matter what type of liposuction is performed on a patient, the procedure is best used on patients with an overall healthy weight. These ideal patients only have certain sections of the body that are plagued by deposits of fat.

When a surgeon performs abdominal liposuction on a patient, a small incision is made near the belly button or bikini area. A small tube called a cannula is inserted into the layer of fat beneath the abdomen's skin. The cannula is then used to shatter fat deposits and vacuum them from the body. The surgeon removes the fat and sculpts the area around the abdomen. A typical abdominal liposuction procedure lasts between one and two hours.

After the surgery, a patient will experience pain, bruising, and swelling. These symptoms last for about three to six weeks. Swelling may remain for about six months. After two weeks, a patient can return to work and resume normal activities. Nothing strenuous should be attempted until four weeks after the abdominal liposuction surgery.



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