A tummy tuck is a procedure that flattens, tones and tightens the abdomen. This tightening restores the flat abdomen the patient enjoyed prior to pregnancy or significant fluctuations in weight.
WHAT ARE MY LIPOSCULPTURE OPTIONS?
Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients slims and dramatically changes the body contours of a patient’s figure who have localized areas of excess fat. Liposuction is not a way to lose weight. Most commonly we see liposuction performed in the abdomen, hips, flanks (back rolls) and inner and outer thighs.
Small incisions are made followed by injections of dilute local anesthetic to the regions being targeted, which reduces bleeding and bruising. It also has the added benefit of decreasing post-operative pain. Next, small cannulas are used to aspirate or liposuction the excess fatty tissue out. This technique also calls for the suctioning of fat just below the skin, which leads to shrinkage of the overlying skin, and improvement in results when compared to standard liposuction techniques. Dr.Rehnke uses small suction cannulas that reduce the size of scars. This fat will not come back or “re-grow.” However, if a patient puts on weight, the fat cells that have been left behind can double, triple or quadruple in size. It’s very important that a patient maintain a stable body weight following liposuction.
Liposuction is usually performed under a general anesthetic and can be done as an out-patient procedure and typically requires two to three weeks for recovery. During that time, it is recommended that patients wear a garment or girdle to put compression on the area operated on. This will help lessen swelling and bruising. Most liposuction patients no longer require pain medications within three to four days, and can return to work in a week.
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