Liposuction is the technical term for a procedure that removes excess fat from the body. It’s most commonly done on the abdomen area, but it can be done in any area with deposits of unwanted fat. Abdominal liposuction is a safe procedure for healthy male and female adults of almost any age. If you’re considering abdominal liposuction, you should be aware of the basic criteria for this type of surgery:
- Good health. Your health should be generally good, with no major diseases or injuries. Any medications you take should be discussed at your initial consultation.
- Realistic expectations. Abdominal liposuction will not turn an obese person into a thin one. Those who are happiest with their surgery are those who had down-to-earth expectations about what abdominal liposuction can achieve.
- Skin elasticity. Good skin elasticity is best for anyone considering abdominal liposuction. However, some patients are happy with the results despite some loose or wrinkly skin on the abdomen. If you have concerns, discuss them with your plastic surgeon before your procedure.
- Down time. This is a surgery, and as such, you’ll want to plan for recovery time afterward. After an abdominal liposuction, you may experience soreness, redness, or swelling. You may also feel fatigued for a day or two. This is normal and will pass in a few days or weeks.
- Consistent weight. An abdominal liposuction is not a good option for anyone whose weight fluctuates widely. Avoid significant weight gain or loss both before and after surgery.
- While smoking may not automatically disqualify you from plastic surgery, it can create complications. Be sure to discuss habits like smoking, drug, or alcohol consumption with your doctor to avoid unnecessary complications.