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Abdominal Liposuction: Battle of the Mid-Section Bulge

By tmccall on November 28, 2014

A woman with a measuring tape around her waistThe team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery has helped many patients in and around Milwaukee achieve a toned, trim, and beautiful body contour using the latest sculpting techniques. One of the staples of body sculpting surgery is liposuction, a great way to remove unwanted fat in different parts of the body.

Given the way that fat is normally distributed in the body, most people have issues with fat around the lower stomach and the sides of their stomach. (After Thanksgiving dinner, the spare tire may be worse than usual.) Let's take a look at how liposuction can be used to reshape and enhance the abdominal area.

About Liposuction

Liposuction is an aesthetic fat reduction surgery that removes pockets of fat from specific parts of the body. During a liposuction procedure, a thin metal tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin in order to extract the unwanted deposits of fat from the patient's body.

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not intended as a weight loss tool. Only a certain amount of fat can safely be removed from a patient's body. Yes, patients will lose a few pounds of fat, but liposuction shouldn't be considered a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Ideal for Trimming and Tightening the Mid-Section

Since a lot of fat winds up being distributed to the abdominal area, liposuction is ideal for targeting the stomach and removing the unwanted fat with ease.

The thing is, spot reduction is a myth. All the crunches and planks that you do will strengthen the abdominal muscles and your core, that's true, but it's no guarantee that you'll get rid of the fat around your waist. When diet and exercise only take you so far, abdominal liposuction will help you cross that last hurdle with the final stubborn bits of body fat.

Lose the Love Handles Thanks to Liposuction

Love handles are a real burden, and there's very little lovable about them. They're also very difficult to lose, even with a solid cardio, strength training, and diet regimen. Liposuction can easily nix those unwanted bulges and help your waistline look trim and taut.

Lose the Gut Rather Than Sucking It In

The lower abdominal area is often the biggest problem area for many people. Losing the last bit of that gut usually means the little bit of belly fat in the lower abdomen. Liposuction will help you flatten your stomach so you look healthier and more athletic.

Ideal Candidates for Abdominal Liposuction

The best candidates for abdominal liposuction are people who are in good health but have had trouble losing the last bit of fat around their stomach. They should have realistic expectations about the surgery and be committed to staying healthy after liposuction has been performed in order to keep the fat off.

What to Expect During Liposuction Surgery

Patients will usually receive local anesthetic rather than general anesthetic when they undergo abdominal liposuction.

A tumescent fluid is often injected into the abdominal region to help extract the pockets of fat and reduce bleeding and discomfort during the surgery. Patients can expect a slight pinch as the cannula is inserted and carefully manipulated around their abdominal region.

Healing from liposuction will involve getting ample rest and avoiding any strenuous physical activities until advised by your surgeon. Full pre-op and post-op instructions will be provided prior to your surgical procedure being performed.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Tracy McCall

If you would like to learn more about liposuction as well as other ways to look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery look forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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