At PMC, we use the latest in liposuction technologies, including “power-assisted” and VASER liposuction, for improved results and a shorter and easier recovery procedure. These techniques target fat cells using advanced ultrasound therapy, reducing damage to any surrounding tissues.
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or may caution you that scars could be unusually prominent.
Can I have liposuction during another plastic surgery operation?
Liposuction is commonly performed at the same time as other cosmetic surgery operations, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction and facelift. PMC will advise you on the advantages and risks of having liposuction at the same time as other procedures, with the highest quality outcome and safety our guiding principles.
Will liposuction cure my cellulite?
Unfortunately, liposuction is not a cellulite solution, though it may improve the appearance of cellulite in some cases. Liposuction works by shaping your body shape from deep under the skin, and as cellulite is a skin problem, liposuction does not treat the dimpled cellulite appearance. There is no guarantee of cellulite improvement from liposuction.
How long do results from liposuction last?
Liposuction permanently removes fat from the targeted area of your body, however if you gain weight fat in this area will return. If you maintain good health, diet and exercise, the results from your liposuction will be long-term.
Liposuction is best performed in patients with good quality skin and normal weight, and unlikely to undergo major changes in body contour, such as pregnancy or major weight loss, in the near future. Liposuction is not a solution for obesity.
How much fat is removed with liposuction?
The aim of liposuction is to achieve a normal, shapely and natural contour, and the amount of fat removed varies between individuals. Liposuction should be considered a “sculpting” procedure of areas of your body resistant to normal weight control and exercise, rather than a weight loss treatment, and large volume liposuction has higher risks and lower rates of satisfaction with outcome. Your plastic surgeon will assess whether your goals are realistic, achievable and safe during your initial consultations, based on examination of your body contour, tissue and skin quality and a detailed discussion of your expectations.
Are there scars from liposuction?
Liposuction is done through a small number of short incisions made in natural crease lines, usually in discrete areas so the scars will not be visible. These scars fade with time and are rarely visible.