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.
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.
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.
Prior obesity and subsequent weight loss produce fat that is more fibrous. This makes liposuction more difficult.
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 varies from patient to patient. Please feel free to call our office, or schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Harris. The total cost along with patient insurance will be discussed during your initial evaluation.