In 2018 nearly 260,000 patients in the United States received liposuction. This procedure removes excess fat pockets from the body in order to slim the figure. Dr. Fedele is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is focused on providing phenomenal cosmetic surgical services for his patients in Cleveland. If you are near your ideal weight but seeking a method for smoothing and contouring problem areas, liposuction may be your solution. Visit our website in order to contact us or stop-by in person at our office in Beachwood at the Signature Square Complex in order to schedule a consultation.
- 1 About Abdominal Liposuction
- 2 How Abdominal Liposuction Works
- 3 Why Choose Dr. Fedele?
- 4 What Can Abdominal Liposuction Treat?
- 5 Abdominal Liposuction vs Abdominoplasty
- 6 Good Candidates
- 7 Treatment Process
- 8 Post-Abdominal Liposuction
- 9 Results
- 10 Alternative Procedures
- 11 Your Consultation
About Abdominal Liposuction
Liposuction is a permanent cosmetic surgical procedure where fat is removed from certain parts of the body, deemed problem areas. Surgeons first administer anesthesia to patients before creating small incisions in these unflattering locations and proceed to use a surgical vacuum or small syringe attached to a thin tube, called a cannula, to remove fat.
Abdominal liposuction is successful in sculpting the stomach of any patient over the age of 18 and helps improve overall confidence and self-esteem.
Liposuction technology, as well as the experience itself, has advanced a tremendous amount since the first surgical procedure in the 1980s. What began as an exploration of body improvement eventually lead surgeons to develop new techniques capable of reducing trauma and blood loss while also improving results and patient satisfaction.
How Abdominal Liposuction Works
Despite physical fitness or a good diet, many individuals find themselves struggling to get rid of pockets of subcutaneous fat in the abdomen region. Subcutaneous fat can cause susceptibility to Type 2 diabetes but through the use of abdominal liposuction, subcutaneous fat can be removed from the region indefinitely. Removing fat from the abdominal region not only decreases health risks but also provides the patient with a slimmer or more toned figure.
Most surgeons utilize the tumescent technique, where a solution of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine are injected into the areas in order to harden fat which in turn makes it easier to extract and minimizes pain.
As a result of modern medical practices, most patients do not require stitches post-operation. While abdominal liposuction is permanent, if a healthy lifestyle is not maintained post-operation, fat cells in other areas can become enlarged.
Why Choose Dr. Fedele?
Dr. Fedele is known for his reputation as a top-tier plastic surgeon in Cleveland, is an acting member of The American Association of Plastic Surgeons and is a certified member of The American Board of Plastic Surgery. As a surgeon with extensive experience and expertise in cosmetic surgical procedures,
Dr. Fedele prides himself in serving his community. With years of technical training and prestigious background of studying reconstructive surgery practices in school, Dr. Fedele has created a successful space and business.
Abdominal liposuction, despite being a minor invasive medical procedure, should be performed by a surgeon who is not only experienced but is confident in their abilities to guarantee satisfaction. Dr. Fedele takes pride in his distinguished reputation for safety and prioritization for patient satisfaction and always seeks to achieve the best results.
Please contact or visit our office at the Signature Square Complex if you or anyone you know is interested in a consultation with Dr. Fedele’s staff.
What Can Abdominal Liposuction Treat?
Abdominal liposuction is a minor, invasive and permanent surgical procedure in which stubborn and excess fat is removed with a surgical vacuum or cannula from the abdomen.
Cosmetic concerns that Abdominal Liposuction addresses are:
Reduces stubborn fat cells: Resistant fat that accumulates on the lower abdomen region which is hard to get rid of through diet and exercise alone.
Abdominal Liposuction: Results in a more sculpted physical appearance and overall improvement of self-image.
Abdominal liposuction can also help relieve physical conditions such as:
Lymphedema: A chronic condition where lymph fluid accumulates within tissues and causes swelling.
Lipodystrophy syndrome: This occurs when fat collects in one part of the body but is lost in another which requires the redistribution of body fat in more natural ways.
Extreme weight loss after obesity: After losing intense amounts of weight, formerly obese patients may need extensive help removing abnormalities.
Lipomas: Tumors that are both fatty and benign.
Abdominal Liposuction vs Abdominoplasty
Abdominal liposuction is a procedure in which a surgeon uses an anesthetic as well as a surgical tool to remove fat from problematic areas on the body. Abdominoplasty often referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a separate procedure in which the appearance of the stomach is restored by manipulating the skin and muscles of the area.
Despite the fact that both procedures involve contouring the body, different requirements must be met for abdominal liposuction and abdominoplasty as they both sculpt in different ways.
Patients with firm and elastic skin are typically recommended abdominal liposuction. Patients with loose and inelastic skin, due to sudden weight loss, are often guided towards abdominal reconstruction through an abdominoplasty. Occasionally the two are performed together, often during an abdominoplasty when it is necessary to suction out fat in order to make room for the stomach muscles and skin to be reattached.
As long as a patient is over 18, they immediately qualify for a consultation.
The optimal candidates for abdominal liposuction are healthy, non-smoking individuals who seek to improve their overall body confidence. It is an excellent choice for both men and women who find themselves struggling to get rid of fat in the abdomen.
Abdominal liposuction is presented as an option for patients who are within 15 to 30% of their ideal weight. They will need to have been this way for a prolonged period of time and are comfortable with a lifetime of results. Results can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle following the procedure. Those who are pregnant, have a serious illness or smoke are contraindications for abdominal liposuction.
With proper aftercare and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, abdominal liposuction provides patients from a variety of age groups with a permanent solution to stubborn fat removal and insecurities.
Depending on the patient, the length of abdominal liposuction can vary. Dr. Fedele performs the surgery based on what is the best method in his professional opinion, including both the length of the procedure and the type of anesthesia used.
Abdominal liposuction is an excellent option for those who have unsuccessfully tried to sculpt their bodies through diet and exercise.
Dr. Fedele begins by evaluating whether to fully sedate and induce unconsciousness or administer a mild sedative where the individual remains conscious. Once the patient has received anesthesia, Dr. Fedele will then make a series of small incisions in the patient’s problem area and perform the surgery using the tumescent method in order to reduce tissue trauma and blood loss. After injecting a liquid mixture of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine beneath the skin, Dr. Fedele then uses a cannula to enter the incision and begin gently suctioning.
The frequency of which a patient will need to receive abdominal liposuction is dependent on desired results, location, age and gender. Dr. Fedele also provides a follow-up consultation to patients after the surgery.
Incision areas are wrapped to reduce swelling immediately following abdominal liposuction. Compression garments are essential to a smooth recovery and are an integral part of aftercare. On top of reducing swelling, compression garments assist your body in adapting to its new shape. Bruising and swelling can remain for 10 days but frequently the incisions are so minor there is no scar. Unless having received a heavy amount of abdominal liposuction most patients find they are able to return to work within three days.
After the initial swelling caused by fluid retention has worn off, the results of abdominal liposuction can be viewed immediately. This procedure is permanent unless a patient refuses to maintain a healthy style of living following the surgery, in which case fat cells can grow back in these same areas. During recovery, patients will be shown how to properly care for their incisions including drainage and the proper application of compression garments. With proper aftercare, abdominal liposuction can provide an indefinite solution to an overabundance of fat cells in one particular area.
Liposuction, though efficient at targeting problem areas alone, is often performed in conjunction with other surgeries. The most common procedure performed in unison with abdominal liposuction is abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck.” When performed alongside an abdominoplasty, abdominal liposuction can produce elevated results for patients. Patients have also been known to undergo other surgeries such as breast reductions and facial lifts with lipo.
Both abdominal liposuction and abdominoplasty are cosmetic surgical procedures used to contour and sculpt the body. Abdominoplasty is the direct reformation of the skin as well as the muscles of the abdomen. Therefore, abdominal liposuction is often performed in tandem with an abdominoplasty in order to remove fat that may block a surgeon’s ability to perform the procedure. While abdominal liposuction targets fat, it is not a primary method of reconstruction and should not be used as a substitute for abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is recommended for patients who have experienced extreme weight loss, such as women who gained weight while pregnant or formerly obese individuals.
Dr. Fedele requires patients to visit his office in Signature Square Complex for an in-person consultation. Upon first checking in, patients should expect to be greeted by Cathy, who will not only assist in collecting patient information for records but will also require each new patient to fill out a form in which their medical history is to be thoroughly documented. Once this process is completed, Dr. Fedele’s Plastic Surgery Assistant will conduct further questioning concerning overall patient health and smoking history. At the consultation, Dr. Fedele will address topics such as concerns, aspirations and overall candidacy for abdominal liposuction as well as assess the patient’s problem areas.
It is Dr. Fedele’s mission to provide each patient with essential information about their options in order to allow them to make the most educated decision. Patients will be provided with feedback from Dr. Fedele directly, including which procedure would help to achieve the results being sought.
After completing a consultation with Dr. Fedele, patients will be shown the potential outcome of their surgery using advanced digital imaging techniques. Each patient will be provided with what Dr. Fedele evaluates to be the best route for them, including pertinent information such as but not limited to the anesthetic, the number of sessions performed and the best method to approach removal.
If you find yourself near your goal weight but struggling with tough-to-lose fat on your midriff, please contact or stop by our office located in Beachwood, OH!