Women and men with abdominal fat deposits are often great candidates for liposuction. The procedure involves a small incision at the belly button in which fluid is injected into the fat. This fluid has saline to saturate the fat, local anesthesia to provide pain relief, and epinephrine to cause the blood vessels to constrict. This last medication is in some ways the most important. It allows Dr. Holzman to remove the fat with a minimum of blood loss and decreases the bruising as well. Then, different sized cannulas are inserted into the area to be treated and the fat is removed. This technique is called the Tumescent Technique. Some areas of the body are more fibrous than others and this technique does not work as well. VASER® liposuction is another technique that Dr. Holzman utilizes in these areas to be able to remove this stubborn fat deposit.
The art of liposuction is to figure out how much to remove. Under removal results in less than optimal results and over resection causes irregularity and dimpling. This is where experience counts. Dr. Holzman has over 20 years experience and his extensive surgical training and knowledge of anatomy will ensure that your new contours are a perfect fit.
Part of the healing process involves the use of a compression garment to help prevent and treat the areas of swelling that liposuction generates. This garment is usually worn for about 18 hours daily for 4-6 weeks. Exercise can be resumed at about 7-10 days. Most patients will be off work for 7-10 days depending on your job description. People that work from home can resume their job in 2-3 days. However, while some improvement is seen almost immediately, full recovery and attainment of the final contour can take up to 4-6 months.
Please visit Dr. Holzman at his office for a consultation and he will give you an honest assessment of what liposuction of the abdomen can do for you.