POSTED ON FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011 AT 9:30 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell
One of the most common goals in aesthetic surgery is a smooth and slim abdomen. Liposuction, abdominoplasty and a body lift can all be used to achieve a desirable result, but you get the best result by addressing issues with your anatomy specifically. Typically, patients are concerned with fat distribution, loose muscle tissue and excess skin. Let me walk you through a few representative examples and what we can do to treat those patients.
Uneven fat distribution is the easiest condition to recognize. In general, these patients have tried diet and exercise but due to heredity predisposition there are some pockets of fat that remain in undesirable areas. We use liposuction in these cases because it removes small to moderate amounts of fat. Some patients have tried injectable fat dissolvers such as Lipodissolve in an attempt to remove these deposits. As I explained in a recent interview with ABC news the main concern with non-surgical fat removal is that we do not know where it will go. This could have profound effects on one’s body if the fat dissolves into the blood and overloads an organ such as the liver. If there are complications as a result this “low cost” alternative, it could wind up being quite expensive.
Loose muscle tissue is another very common condition. Externally this can look like a fat deposit, but it is actually caused by loose muscles or tendons in the abdomen. Typically, loose muscle is associated with a pregnancy that has pulled the rectus abdominus (responsible for the ‘six pack’) from its original position but there are a range of reasons for the displacement. In these cases I often suggest an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” to correct the protrusion by restoring the original position of the muscles. This is similar to correcting a hernia.
Some patients only require removal of excess skin in what we call a body lift. This is especially the case when the patient has recently lost a large amount of weight or aging and gravity have caused the skin to sag. This procedure is similar to a face lift or neck lift where a portion of the skin is removed in order to advance the remaining tissue. As an added bonus, c-section scars and stretch marks can often be minimized through careful selection of the site of skin removal.
A combination of procedures can also be performed if the patient feels they have more than one characteristic they would like to improve. Liposuction, abdominoplasty and body lifts are frequently combined to flatten the abdomen, but they can also complement a breast augmentation or breast lift to restore mothers to their pre-pregnancy state.
If you think you would be a good candidate for liposuction, an abdominoplasty or body lift give our office a call at (212)-988-4040 or leave us a message here, on facebook or twitter to set up a complementary consultation.