Abdominal Liposuction (SmartLipo Triplex Abdomen)
Who is a candidate for abdominal liposuction?
The abdomen is one of the most popular areas of the body that our clients request liposuction surgery on. Both men and women accumulate excess fat in their abdominal areas. One must know you can accumulate 2 types of fat in your abdominal area. The first one we will discuss is subcutaneous fat which is the fat you can squeeze with your hand between your fingers and thumb and is available for liposuction. The second type of abdominal fat is visceral fat which is fat under the abdominal musculature and is not able to be removed by liposuction. That fat can only be lessened by diet and exercise. Patients, both old and young are candidates for this procedure if they are in good health otherwise. Our surgeons also can utilize the SmartLipo Triplex laser during the surgery so we can achieve superior skin tightening versus traditional liposuction.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed at Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic under local tumescent anesthesia. This anesthesia involves placing small punctures in the skin to introduce a special combination of lidocaine, sodium bicarbonate and epinephrine mixed in a solution of Normal Saline. Prior to beginning this portion of the procedure, we give mild sedation to our patients to make them have a more pleasant experience. We also utilize Pro-Nox analgesia, as needed, for added comfort if the patient is feeling discomfort or anxious during the procedure. Pro-Nox is a mixture of nitrous gas and oxygen gas that the patient administers themselves to control discomfort or anxiety. After the numbing portion of the surgery is complete, we use small cannulas to extract the fat in a safe and precise manner. The SmartLipo laser is also used as needed to liquefy fat and tighten the skin for a smoother liposuction result.
What kind of results can I expect after the procedure?
Most of our patients are very pleased after this procedure. It allows them to wear clothing that was not flattering prior to the surgery. It makes them feel more confident and positive about their appearance. If often gives the patients a boost to become healthier and adopt a more active lifestyle. We encourage all our patients to make the transition to a healthier diet and include regular exercise in their daily routines. We counsel them to try to avoid excess carbohydrates and eat lean meat and nutrient rich vegetables.
What is the recovery time after the procedure?
Most patients experience some discomfort after the procedure for 2-5 days. The discomfort usually decreases after the second or third day. It is recommended that you rest for 1-2 days after the procedure. You will be wearing a compression garment that will help with the discomfort. Most patients can return to work in 3-4 days. You will have some drainage for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure which is normal. The small punctures that are created to do the surgery will close in a few days.
What is the cost of the procedure?
The procedure costs vary depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the size of the patient. The procedure cost starts at $4600. Larger patients that require more work and contouring are more expensive. Fat transfer to the buttocks (BBL) or breast can also be added to this procedure for even greater body enhancing results! Additional costs will apply.
What are the risks associated with the procedure?
Like all operative procedures there is a risk of infection. But at our facility we have a very low infection rate well below 1%. Contour irregularities can also occur when doing the procedure, but at Atlanta Liposuction we are very precise with the placement of our entry ports and strive to obtain smooth results in all our procedures. Adding the SmartLipo Triplex laser to enhance our results also sets us apart from most other facilities. A formal consent will be obtained from all patients at the preoperative visit, which lists all the associated risks and benefits of the procedure.
If you are interested in improving the shape of your abdomen this may be an ideal procedure for you. We offer complimentary consultations and would be happy to help you start on a journey to a new and improved shape. Please contact our office for more information and a complimentary consultation soon!