Tummy tuck with liposuction 3-D animation


Liposuction is a technique that thins the layer of fat between the skin and the muscle. When performed by
a qualified plastic surgeon, pockets of stubborn fat are removed and the area is sculpted, creating a
shapelier appearance. This is accomplished by inserting a rigid straw with a blunt tip through a small nick
in the skin into the layer of fat. The layer of fat is prepared with a wetting solution, which makes the
blood vessels running through the fat shrivel up so when the area is suctioned only fat is removed. This
ensures that a patient’s blood supply is not injured. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and
patients are required to wear a girdle-type garment during the recovery period to control the new contour
of their abdomens.
On the other hand a tummy tuck is performed to remove extra skin, allowing for a more taut abdominal
appearance. This procedure is well suited for women who have had babies or people who have lost
excessive amounts of weight. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a qualified plastic surgeon is able to
remove both the fat and extra skin (that may contain stretch marks or lost its elasticity) during the
procedure. A wide incision is made above the pubic area and another is made around the navel. The skin
is separated from the muscles underneath. At this point the muscles are tightened with sutures. In essence
the surgeon creates an internal corset by actually tightening the abdominal wall. The skin is then pulled
over the new tighter abdominal wall. There are variations of this procedure, which can include removing a
small area of excess skin or a complete “spare tire.” During the initial consultation a plastic surgeon will
determine the form of procedure needed to accomplish a patient’s desired outcome.