What is Abdominal or Tummy Liposuction?
Abdominal liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to remove excess belly fat and alter your body contour. Liposuction of the abdomen helps people who are within 30% of their ideal weight and have localised deposits of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. These fat deposits may be the result of hormonal changes, genetics, or pregnancy.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat by suctioning it from underneath the skin through a cannula tube that includes a vacuum pump. It’s commonly performed in conjunction with other procedures such as abdominoplasty surgery and body lift procedures. In many cases, liposuction can be used on its own to provide results for stubborn pockets of fat around the abdominal area.
What is the difference between abdominal liposuction and abdominoplasty surgery?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that alters the appearance of the stomach area by tightening muscle and removing excess skin and fat. This can help create an alteration in the abdominal profile by excising excess skin.
Abdominoplasty offers more dramatic results than liposuction since it removes both fat and skin from the abdominal region. It may be an option for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have a lot of loose skin due to pregnancy or ageing.
Abdominoplasty will leave a surgical incision scar across the lower part of your abdomen that extends from one hip bone to the other. This scar will fade over time but is regarded as permanent. Liposuction scars are usually very small (less than one centimetre) and can be hidden beneath clothing or within natural creases in the skin.
Why Patients Might Choose To Undergo Abdominal Liposuction Surgery
Abdominal liposuction may be considered for a number of different reasons, including:
- It may provide immediate results that can last for years if you maintain a healthy weight
- It may provide changes in body shape and contour
- The reduction of fat pockets in the abdomen and back regions
- There are generally very small scars left after this procedure
Are you a Suitable Candidate for Abdominal Lipo?
Abdomen liposuction is a method for altering the shape of your body. While it does not take off large amounts of weight nor will it improve cellulite, liposuction can be combined with other surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or breast reduction mammaplasty.
Suitable candidates for liposuction of the stomach are patients who are in relatively good shape, but who have isolated areas of excess fat deposits. It is not a weight loss surgery. It’s also important for patients to have good skin tone so that the skin can retract on the new contours created by liposuction.
Liposuction is recommended for healthy people, committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and exercise. Individuals with medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or poor circulation are not good candidates for this procedure.
Abdominal Liposuction Surgery Procedure
Your surgeon will first make a small incision near the navel to insert a cannula (small tube) attached to a vacuum device, which sucks out the excess fat from the abdomen. Excess fat is then suctioned off using a syringe or surgical vacuum. Multiple small incisions may be made around the navel area so that more fat can be removed. These incisions are usually 3mm in length and do not require any stitches to close.
Abdominal liposuction can be done as a day surgery. The procedure is usually done under general anaesthesia depending on the amount of fat to be removed and the patient’s preference. The procedure typically takes 1- 3 hours, but may take longer if combined with other procedures. Depending on how much fat is removed, the duration may be longer or shorter.
Patients can return home on the same day after the surgery, or they may stay overnight. To reduce recovery time, abdominal liposuction patients need to wear compression garments after surgery to help with swelling and fluid absorption. Abdominal liposuction patients may experience bruising and swelling for up to a month following the surgery.
Most patients can return to work within two weeks of having abdominal liposuction. Patients should wait at least six weeks before engaging in strenuous activities such as exercising or lifting heavy objects to allow for proper healing of the tissue. Results seen immediately following procedure, so the satisfaction rate is high.
Abdominal Liposuction Recovery and Aftercare
When you wake up after surgery, you may have a temporary tube for drainage placed in your abdomen. It is important to leave this tube in until it is removed by your surgeon the day after surgery. As mentioned before, you will have compression garments to wear for 3 weeks following surgery. These garments help with swelling and support the skin during healing.
Get plenty of rest until you feel well enough to resume your normal activities. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the surgical area. Keep the surgical areas clean and dry. Take all medications as directed.
Apply cold packs to the surgical area (or take cool baths) on the first two days after surgery to reduce swelling. Do not take aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), vitamins, or herbal medications that might increase bleeding. Start walking around as soon as possible after surgery. This will help improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
If you have a more physically demanding job, plan to be off work for 2 weeks. You should plan on light activity for the first few weeks following surgery.
Abdominal Liposuction Sydney: Before and Afters - Patient Results
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
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Excess Skin Reduction Guide
The excess skin reduction guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider these procedures.
Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of surgery what makes a suitable candidate, pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from patients.
Abdominal Liposuction Cost Sydney – How much does abdominal liposuction cost in Sydney NSW?
The cost of Abdominal Liposuction varies for each patient depending on the complexity of the procedure. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.
During your liposuction consultation, Your Surgeon will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your areas of concern, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your liposuction surgery procedure.
Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it won’t usually attract a Medicare rebate. If you believe that the procedure is medically necessary (e.g. Pseudo lipodema), you can contact Medicare to find out more about a rebate.
Abdominal Liposuction FAQ - Questions about Abdominal Liposuction
How long will the Abdominal Liposuction results last?
The fat cells that are removed during liposuction will never grow back. However, it is possible to gain weight and therefore, patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep their body weight under control.
What is a 360 Lipo?
360 lipo is a term which refers to the fact that liposuction can be done on the entire waistline (or 360 degrees) of the body. This includes the front, sides, and back of the waistline.
Does Liposuction leave scars?
Liposuction usually doesn’t leave a large scar. The small points of cannula entry are small you won’t notice them yourself most of the time. They will generally fade over time.
What are the potential risks and complications of abdominal liposuction?
Your surgeon will explain the risks and review all the information and discuss the possible risk factors with you during your consultation. However, some of the more common risks are:
- Bleeding during or after surgery. This can lead to bruising and swelling
- Blood or fluid collecting under the skin (seroma). Rarely, this can cause infection or wound opening
- Poor healing of the wound. Rarely, a wound may take longer than usual to heal, or it may not heal properly
- A poor cosmetic result. This is less likely if you choose an experienced and fully qualified surgeon
- Changes in sensation (hypo-aesthesia or hyper-aesthesia) including pain, which may persist for a few months
- Uneven contours from uneven fat removal or uneven fat grafting. This is usually temporary and will improve within a few weeks. If not, revision surgery may be necessary
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
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Dr Maryam Seyedabadi
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.
She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her a unique skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.
As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.