An abdominal liposuction is characterized by the removal of fat deposits in the area of the abdomen. During the procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen. If the surgeon is using the widely-used tumescent technique, a saline flush is then used along with an anesthetic to contract the skin and blood vessels before removing the fat deposits.
Conditions Treated with Abdominal Liposuction:
This procedure is used to remove fat deposits that are not responding to diet and exercise. As a result, abdominal liposuction is not used as a primary weight loss method, but may be utilized for stubborn problem areas or excessive deposits of fat.
An alternative to abdominal liposuction is weight loss. This method is generally attempted first.
Anesthesia with Abdominal Liposuction:
Abdominal liposuction involves either local anesthesia, moderate sedation, or general anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Abdominal Liposuction:
The potential side effects or complications of the procedure include, but are not limited to: infection, bleeding, nerve damage, scarring, blood clots, muscle damage, swelling, and asymmetry or an uneven surface. An adverse reaction to the anesthesia is possible, which can have fatal consequences.
Prognosis after Abdominal Liposuction:
In general, the prognosis for a positive end result for a patient undergoing abdominal liposuction is good.
Recovery from Abdominal Liposuction:
The typical recovery time for abdominal liposuction is two to four weeks.