Liposuction of Abdominal Flank
Liposuction of Abdominal Flank
- Liposuction removes excess fat deposits in your abdominal flanks, commonly known as "love handles" and thus slims and reshapes your
figure, enhancing your body contours and proportion and improving your
self-image. Because the metal cannula required for liposuction is so small,
your incisions may only be 2 to 5mm in length and can be easily hidden.
Laser lipo is a type of liposuction and is a good technique but be sure to
have laser lipo performed by a plastic surgeon. State laws allow non-plastic
surgeons to use laser lipo in their office but that does not mean they were
appropriately trained in a residency or fellowship program. They may have
only taken a weekend course. Some of the perceived benefits of laser lipo is
improved skin tightening but the results are inconclusive in regards to this
claim. Laser lipo is a legitimate type of liposuction as long as it is performed
by a plastic surgeon.
What should I expect?
The results of this procedure include eliminating fatty deposits along the abdomen and back, tapering the waistline and enhancing
the body's natural contours. Many patients use this improved contour as a
motivation to continue or begin working out so they can retain this new body
How should I prepare?
Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen or certain herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose
everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking
and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure. Your
surgeon will discuss the recovery with you as well.
What are the risks?
Immediately following your procedure, you may experience some bruising, swelling and temporary soreness. Some other risks include
bagginess of the skin but if you are young, have good elasticity of your skin,
your skin will tighten over a few months to reveal improved contours to your
abdomen. Your doctor will discuss your quality of skin and chances for good
recoil and tightening of skin after liposuction.
How do I ensure my safety?
Be sure you have this procedure performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. Also, ask to see photos of
previous results. Liposuction can be performed as an outpatient and can even
be performed under local anesthesia and deep sedation. General anesthesia
may not be required.
What will recovery be like?
You will need to wear a body garment around the area of liposuction for 1 to 2 months to improve your chances for improved contours
and of meeting your expectations. The pain will subside in a few days and
you hopefully will be comfortable enough to return to work in a week.
How much does it cost?
See more detailed pricing for this procedure
In the United States, the average cost of liposuction of the abdominal flank is $5,261, according to BuildMyHealth's Pricing Database
.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
Questions & Answers
Prepare for your consultation. View these common questions
you should ask your surgeon.
, Removal of Excess Abdominal Skin