How Can I Lose Stomach Fat?
The stomach is often the part of the body that we are the most self-conscious of. Thankfully, there are treatments available for those coveting a flat tummy. Liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery where fat is removed from a particular area of the body by dissolving it and then sucking it out with a tube. Liposuction can be performed on different areas of the body including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and backs of the arms.
In general, fat is removed by using a cannula (a hollow tube) and an aspirator (a suction device). Liposuction techniques can be categorized by the amount of fluid injection and by the mechanism in which the cannula works. Some techniques include:
Suction-assisted liposuction is the standard method of liposuction. In this approach, a small cannula (like a straw) is inserted through a small incision and is attached to a vacuum device. Dr. Serota then pushes and pulls the cannula in a forwards and backwards motion, carefully through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and drawing them out of the body by suction of the vacuum device.
Power-assisted liposuction uses a specialized cannula with mechanized movement, so that Dr. Serota does not need to make as many manual movements.
Water-assisted liposuction uses a thin fan-shaped water beam which loosens the structure of the fat tissue so that it can be removed by a special cannula. During the liposuction, water is continually added and almost immediately aspirated via the same cannula.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses a laser to melt the fat in the target area, making it easier to remove. This laser is administered through a fiber threaded through a microcannula.
Tumescent liposuction is a technique that provides a liquid (composed primarily of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, and epinephrine, which helps to shrink blood vessels) to be injected into the treatment area. The added fluid forces the compartments of fat to swell and firm up, which lets Dr. Serota extract the unwanted fat more smoothly and with minimal bleeding. The anesthetic reduces pain after the procedure. Tumescent liposuction is considered by many to be the safest and most effective form of liposuction.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for liposuction and it is not an appropriate alternative to dieting or exercising. To learn more about liposuction or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or website.