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Abdominal Liposuction in San Antonio, TX

The abdomen is the most common area of the body to be treated by liposuction (or lipoplasty) among both men and women. Important factors that affect the success of abdominal liposuction include: the amount and location of abdominal fat, history of weight gain and weight loss, history of pregnancy, and the age and the sex of the patient.

That said, Dr. Elizabeth Harris of San Antonio, TX, is a renowned professional in her field and strives to make any abdominal liposuction procedure as successful as possible. When you visit her office, though, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect. For example, like many procedures, all abdominal liposuction procedures consist of three steps, including an evaluation, procedure, and recovery.

Abdominal Liposuction Before And After Photos

Abdominal Liposuction Evaluation

The evaluation process is an important first step of any surgical procedure, especially when it comes to abdominal liposuction. When you visit the office and meet with Dr. Elizabeth Harris for your evaluation, she’ll run through your medical history and discuss any complications that could arise during or after the procedure. The evaluation meeting is also a great time to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have. Also, don’t be shy about discussing what you expect to gain from the procedure. If it helps, jot down a list of topics to discuss beforehand and simply run through that list with Dr. Elizabeth Harris.

Another topic that is often discussed during the evaluation is pricing. Because each procedure is customized based on an individual patient’s needs, pricing for abdominal liposuction varies from patient to patient. In addition, you will learn how best to prepare for the procedure and what you will need to do to make the recovery period easier.

Abdominal Liposuction Procedure

All the abdominal liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Elizabeth Harris take place at a fully accredited hospital-based outpatient surgery center in San Antonio. The procedure itself is usually performed with a steel tube known as a cannula. Using general anesthetic, the tube is inserted into an area in the abdomen. Once situated, the tube is moved around in an effort to break apart fat cells. From there, the fat is sucked through the cannula out of the patient’s body. All in all, the procedure is safe, minimally invasive, and yields excellent results.

Typically, the length of time it takes to complete an abdominal liposuction procedure varies depending on the patient, how much fat is being removed, and whether the liposuction is being paired with another procedure, such as abdominoplasty or another type of plastic surgery procedure.

Good Candidates for Abdominal Liposuction

Location of abdominal fat is an important factor in predicting the success of abdominal liposuction. Abdominal fat occurs in two different levels: superficial and deep. Superficial abdominal fat is located just below the skin and above the abdominal muscles. The deep abdominal fat is located inside the abdominal cavity on the intestines.

Some people have a larger amount of intestinal (deep) fat than subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat can be removed by liposuction. Intestinal fat cannot be removed by liposuction because it would be too dangerous. Fat on the intestines can only be diminished by weight loss through diet and exercise. Thus liposuction cannot remove all of the abdominal fat. Most patients have more subcutaneous fat than intestinal fat. Thus, most patients will see a good cosmetic improvement with abdominal liposuction.

Obesity Factors

Prior obesity and subsequent weight loss produce fat that is more fibrous. This makes liposuction more difficult.

Abdominal Liposuction Recovery

Upon successful completion of an abdominal liposuction procedure, the office of Dr. Elizabeth Harris will schedule several follow-up appointments for you to attend one week, three weeks, and six weeks after the completion of the procedure.

Most patients can expect the recovery process to last about a week, and throughout all the follow-up appointments, Dr. Elizabeth Harris will monitor the healing process. Fortunately, scarring isn’t common with abdominal liposuction, and most patients are able to resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure.

Abdominal Liposuction Cost

Abdominal liposuction cost varies from patient to patient.  Please feel free to call our office, or schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Harris. The total cost will be discussed during your initial evaluation.

Abdominal Liposuction Procedure Details

  • Recovery Time: 1 week
  • When is post-op follow-up? 1 week, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks
  • Procedure Location: Fully accredited outpatient surgery center
  • Surgery Prep: None
  • Possible Scars: None

Abdominal Liposuction FAQs

Does your age matter when considering liposuction?

Age of the patient is not an important factor in the success of liposuction. Some of the happiest patients are women who are more than 60 of age. In a healthy older woman, liposuction can improve an obese abdomen with little risk or discomfort.

What if I was pregnant previously?

A previous pregnancy tends to stretch the abdominal muscles, and cause the lower abdomen to bulge to a certain degree. This curvature of the abdominal wall muscles determines the flatness or the shape of the abdominal silhouette after liposuction. Nevertheless, the vast majority of women who have been pregnant are ultimately very happy with results obtained by liposuction alone and do not require an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Are there any side effects of liposuction?

Abdominal liposuction is a very safe procedure. After the procedure, you may experience swelling, bruising, numbness, contour irregularities or other discomforts.

Upper abdomen skin may appear slightly wrinkled after liposuction. In older patients with decreased skin elasticity of the upper abdomen, there is a tendency for the skin to appear somewhat crêpé or slightly wrinkled. Interestingly, the lower abdominal skin does not seem to be susceptible to this type of post-liposuction crêpiness. The elasticity of Scarpa’s fascia might prevent crêpiness after liposuction of the lower abdomen.

Does abdominal liposuction work for C-Section bulges?

The Pfannenstiel incision is the name for the incision across the lower abdomen that is typically made for Cesarian sections, or a hysterectomy. A common but undesirable consequence of a Pfannenstiel incision is a persistent bulge of subcutaneous fat just above the incision. Liposuction can easily repair this annoying deformity.