The abdomen/stomach/tummy is one of the most common areas for fat reduction. It’s a rare person that wouldn’t want a smaller, flatter or more shapely waistline. Since the typical ideal for woman’s body is an hourglass figure and a tight washboard-like stomach for a man, surgical or non-surgical treatment of abdominal fat is on the wish list for most people. Everyone’s starting point and goals are unique though. Some need more fat reduction on the sides/love handles/muffin top area, some require more work in the front, some upper and/or lower abdomen. The beauty of liposuction or non-surgical body sculpting is that it is personalized to give you the best result for what you desire.
When you have skin that is stretched out on the abdomen (typically after having babies), fat removal may not be enough to cosmetically give you the look you want. In some cases, removing fat, simply makes it more obvious that there is excess skin. In many people, though, this is NOT the case. When the skin is in good shape and has not been stretched excessively, the skin will “snap back” once the fat is removed. During your evaluation by Dr. Steele, she will let you know if the skin has been stretched out too much and some skin removal would be necessary to flatten out the abdomen. In that case, you may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck where excess skin is removed alongside fat. Either way, you can get the result you desire depending on your needs.
Those with visceral fat (i.e. fat that lies close to the internal organs, rather than close to the skin) and appears as a “beer belly” or “barrel” shaped belly are not good candidates for liposuction or non-invasive fat removal because the fat is just too deep to reach. Instead, one should really focus on weight loss and their best health. This type of fat tends to be associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and poor health outcomes, so it is important to take action. Also, if you have a hernia, it will need to be repaired prior to any body sculpting procedure.