Abdominal Liposuction - Maryland, Washington, DC
Getting rid of the last bit of belly fat can be difficult. When all else fails you could visit Dr. Roger J. Oldham’s Bethesda, MD office serving the greater Maryland and Washington, DC area. Liposuction may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Abdominal liposuction is one of the most common forms of this cosmetic fat removal surgery. Let’s consider why people may undergo abdominal liposuction and what benefits the procedure has for patients.
Why Abdominal Fat Is Difficult to Lose
For most people, the stomach is the first place where unwanted body fat appears. It’s the nature of gaining weight, and it’s common for the lower abdomen and love handles to store body fat first.
The abdomen is also the last body fat to disappear with a good diet and regular exercise. That’s why the abs are such a frustrating problem area for people trying to slim down. Even if you eat right and exercise regularly, you may still have some stubborn fat around your stomach that simply won’t go away.
This is when liposuction can help.
How Liposuction Works
Liposuction is a cosmetic fat removal surgery. The procedure targets pockets of body fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. A thin metal tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin, and controlled suction is used to extract the unwanted fat from the body.
For people with just a little bit of stubborn body fat located around the love handles and lower abdomen, liposuction is a great solution to their flab problem.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for liposuction are people who have unwanted body fat that doesn’t seem to go away. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical issues that would make body sculpting surgery a risk to general wellness.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss tool. Only a relatively small amount of body fat can be safely removed during the procedure without affecting a patient’s health. Think of the surgery as a way of sculpting the last stubborn fat from your frame.
Prep for Surgery by Losing Weight Naturally
Before undergoing liposuction, we recommend that patients lose as much excess body fat as they can through natural means. That means eating healthy, exercising regularly, and leading an active lifestyle.
Prepping like this has two benefits:
- Losing as much weight as possible naturally will help ensure surgeons can remove the most stubborn excess fat from the patient’s body
- Losing as much weight as possible naturally builds good habits for liposuction patients in order to keep excess fat off after their surgery for the foreseeable future
The Results of Abdominal Liposuction
The results of an abdominal liposuction can be dramatic. Patients look trimmer and slimmer thanks to the targeted fat removal. That means no stubborn love hands or the last bit of flab around the lower stomach. With proper diet and exercise afterward, patients can look far more athletic, having toned, well-defined abs.
Contact a Skilled Cosmetic Surgeon
If you live in the greater Washington, DC area and would like more information about removing unwanted body fat, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can reach our office in Bethesda by calling (301) 530-6100.