Appearance: Excess fat accumulated on top of or underneath the abdomen with a fairly good skin and muscle tone.
Surgery: This surgery involves removing the excess fat through aspiration, using small metal tubes, known as cannulas, of various sizes. The incisions are 3 to 4mm long.
Length of the operation: 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the amount of excess fat to be removed.
Anaesthesia: The surgeon and you will decide whether to have general or local anaesthesia. Depending on the size of the area that is treated, an epidural and even sedation may be recommended.
Description: At first, the surgeon will inject a medicated saline and adrenaline solution. This allows the fat to be removed more easily and helps reduce bruising. Through one or two tiny incisions, a narrow metal tube (a cannula) is inserted at the pubis or around the belly button and is used to vacuum the excess fat. Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions using dissolving thread and places firm supportive dressings over the incisions as well as a tight girdle.
Post-Operative: If the operation is minor, you will usually be admitted on the day of surgery and stay until early evening as an outpatient. Otherwise, there tends to be a 24 hour hospital stay. Pain killers are administered on demand and the dressings are changed during your stay in hospital. You must wear the girdle for 15 days to 1 month. You will see definite results as of the third month, though one month later the results in volume reduction are clearly visible.
Observations: Warning: This surgery does not make you loose weight. It will give you a trimmer and firmer waistline. It should not be considered in the case of obesity.
Risks: Bruising and pain. In some cases, though rare, infections may occur. If there is a great deal of fat removed, the skin may adhere onto the abdominal muscles. This surgery is ideal in the case of highly localised excess fat. Best results are achieved when the excess fat is located under the belly button.