Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that helps to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin while simultaneously tightening muscles. Ideal candidates are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy or weight loss. For obvious reasons, it should be done when one is in near normal weight and finished with child bearing. The procedure takes approximately three to four hours and can be performed with general anesthesia. Recovery time ranges between three to four weeks. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long-lasting. Although Abdominoplasty will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, it should be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it.
One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from areas such as the back, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, knees, chin, neck and upper arms. Liposuction reveals the natural contour of the body that had been concealed by the collection of excess fat in unnatural spots. Local anesthesia may be used for small areas and general anesthesia is used for the rest. The length of the procedure varies depending on the amount of fat being removed. Liposuction is usually done with tumescent technique to minimize blood loss and obtain smoother result. A small metal tube is used to suction the fat. Ultrasound technique is used as necessary to break up the fat in certain areas before suctioning it out. The incisions are tiny and largely hidden in inconspicuous places. The treated areas are kept compressed with a garment to minimize swelling. Most patients are able to move about freely within a few days. While the result is immediate, the figure continues to improve for several months.