Enjoying significant popularity, the cosmetic surgery procedure commonly referred to as liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, offers individuals a means for treating stubborn fat deposits that are seemingly immune to the effects of dieting and exercise. For example, abdominal liposuction is a technique used to recontour the body by permanently removing fat deposits from the abdominal region. For some, the tendency to accumulate fat deposits within the abdomen may be genetically related. Furthermore, this fat is frequently resistant to diet and exercise. Abdominal liposuction provides a surgical remedy for treating this "problem area" especially for those individuals who may be somewhat discouraged after having lost unwanted pounds without achieving a flatter abdomen. In some patients, the overall proportions of the body may appear to be unbalanced, or the abdominal region, as a result of retaining areas of fatty tissue, may cause the abdomen to protrude. In such cases, liposuction may successfully trim this excess fat resulting in a more slender, flatter and balanced shape.
In an effort to obtain a more shapely and defined abdomen, more and more people are turning to abdominal liposuction. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of abdominal liposuction procedures performed in the United States has increased to 320,022 in the year 2003. This figure represents an increase of 13% over the number of liposuction procedures performed in 2002 (i.e., 282,876).
While the information contained in www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com will provide you with a good introduction to abdominal liposuction, it is not medical advice. When considering liposuction, or any cosmetic surgery procedure for that matter, we recommend that you consult a qualified provider with experience in liposculpture surgery. This being said, some important elements you should understand, pertaining to liposuction, include the following:
In consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon, an accurate history of your weight, diet and exercise level will be important in determining the appropriateness and magnitude of your liposuction procedure. Patients considering abdominal liposuction should be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What has been your maximum weight? With Pregnancy?
- What has been your minimum weight?
- Is your weight stable at the present time?
- How successful have you been on various diets?
- Which diets have you tried (i.e., Atkins, The Zone, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc.)?
- How often do you exercise?
- What are your eating habits like (i.e. Amount of sweets, alcohol, etc.)?
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, abdominal liposuction requires that the patient actively participate in the process. This level of participation may vary significantly depending on the patient's goals and expected outcome. If the individual patient is interested in simply removing fat deposits, liposuction alone will achieve that goal. However, if the patient is interested in attaining an athletic, sculpted look, the patient may need to incorporate extensive, long-term exercise into their plan.