As the summer draws near, many of us are putting on our running shoes and hitting the gym so we look great at the beach or on vacation. Of course, losing some of that winter weight is easier said that done. That’s why so many people undergo liposuction to remove stubborn, unwanted body fat. At our Frisco, TX plastic surgery center, we notice a lot of patients during the winter and early spring undergoing liposuction and other body contouring procedures.
Dr. Ken Smart can perform liposuction on different parts of the body, but he often performs the surgery on the abdomen. Let’s consider why the fat around the stomach and love handles is hard to get rid of, and why abdominal liposuction may be right for you.
Is Hard-to-Eliminate Belly Fat Normal?
Fat around the lower abdomen and the love handles tends to be the most difficult to get rid of. In fact, it’s often the last bit of unwanted body fat that goes away. This is just the natural way that body fat is distributed and is lost.
So yes, it’s normal.
Since spot reduction doesn’t work, all the crunches in the world won’t make that belly fat go away. Even a healthy diet may not be enough to give you that slim, flat, and trim stomach you want.
Why You Should Consider Abdominal Liposuction
If you have just a little bit of belly fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise, abdominal liposuction could be right for you. Liposuction will target that last bit of fat that won’t go away. Using safe and precise suction, a cosmetic surgeon can help you look fitter and more athletic after diet and exercise have plateaued.
Good Candidates for Abdominal Liposuction
Good candidates for abdominal liposuction are people with just a bit of stubborn belly fat that hasn’t melted away despite a healthy lifestyle. They should be in good overall health and understand the risks and benefits associated with a liposuction procedure.
Losing Weight Before Your Surgery
Even though liposuction eliminates unwanted fat, it’s technically not a weight loss surgery. The procedure is for cosmetic body contouring and sculpting. Because of this, Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa advises liposuction patients to get as close to their target weight and fitness as possible. This should be done through safe, consistent exercise and proper nutrition.
By losing as much fat as possible before surgery, patients limit the amount of fat that needs to be removed. They also create healthy habits for keeping the fat away after surgery.
How Much Belly Fat Will Be Removed?
This can vary from patient to patient. For most patients, roughly 10 pounds of excess fat can be safely removed during liposuction. During the consultation process, we can discuss how much fat will be extracted and what you can do to minimize that number before the procedure.
The Results of Abdominal Liposuction
Abdominal liposuction has helped countless people achieve that tighter, toned abdomen they’ve been struggling to achieve. The results of the surgery look quite natural. To maintain the results of abdominal liposuction, patients should continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Will There Be Visible Scarring from Liposuction?
While there are incisions made during abdominal liposuction, they are very small and difficult to detect. We will make all attempts to keep the incisions as small as possible, and also ensure that they are hidden from view. Minor scarring will fade with time and with proper post-surgical care.
Learn More About Liposuction
For more information about abdominal liposuction and why it may be a good option for you, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. The team at Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (972) 334-0400.