An area of the body that is commonly treated with liposuction, the abdomen often has a tendency to accumulate excess fat, and this can occur in both men and women. In fact, people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels may find that they are inclined to pack on extra pounds in this region (the front and back of the waistline immediately above the hips). This can be attributed to a number of factors related not only to diet and physical activity, but also to genetics and metabolism. If you think you could benefit from liposuction performed on your abdomen, Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, may be able to help. An experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Greenwald can provide professional advice and guidance so you can make a fully informed treatment decision.

Because there is not much to love about “love handles” or a “muffin top,” many people contact Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, Florida, to inquire about liposuction as a way to refine and contour the abdomen. Each patient is unique, so a personal consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon is a must. In general, lipo may be suitable for a person who maintains a stable body weight and would like to address pockets of excess fat that do not respond to diet or exercise (for an individual who would like to address hanging skin or lax muscles, a tummy tuck may be more appropriate).

Dr. Greenwald performs several types of liposuction through small incisions in the abdomen. These techniques include:

  • Suction-assisted liposuction – A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted to loosen the fat cells and suction them out of the body.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – After a tumescent solution is injected into the abdomen to help break down the fat cells, a special cannula (which creates high-frequency soundwaves) is used to liquefy the fat cells and then suction them out of the body.
  • Power-assisted liposuction – A mechanized cannula (with a vibrating tip) allows for enhanced precision and minimal disruption to surrounding tissue during abdomen liposuction.
  • Laser-assisted liposuction – After a tumescent solution is injected into the abdomen to help break down the fat cells, laser energy is delivered via a thin laser fiber to further loosen the fat cells and promote the production of collagen, which can sometimes have a skin-tightening effect.

Lipo techniques and tools will continue to advance as new options are discovered and evaluated. However, it is important to remember that the skill of the surgeon who performs the procedure is the most influential factor in the final result of liposuction.

If you’re considering liposuction for your abdomen, you can contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenwald in Tampa, FL. Dr. Greenwald can help you determine if lipo is right for you.