Liposuction may be performed on many different areas of the body for the permanent removal of small pockets of fat. The abdomen is one of the most commonly treated areas with liposuction. After all, a protruding abdomen can be one of the most difficult areas to lose weight. Yet, not every fat cell in the abdomen can be removed through liposuction. Liposuction is appropriate for the removal of subcutaneous fat cells. Subcutaneous fat cells are located beneath the skin and in the cutaneous or dermis layers.
There is another location for fat within the abdomen- the omentum fat layer or omental fat. The omentum or omental fat surrounds the bowel and intestines. In fact, it is sheltered by a muscular wall to better protect the bowel. This layer of fat can become quite large and can be a significant contributor to the outward appearance of abdomen. Liposuction on the omental fat layer is not performed because it can be damaging to the bowel. The only means to reduce the size of the omentum is through traditional diet and exercise.
Liposuction Tummy Tuck Alternative
Lax muscles in the abdomen can contribute to the appearance of an enlarged abdomen as well. Liposuction cannot treat this condition. Instead, the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure focuses on removing excess muscles when necessary and tightening the abdominal muscles. The tummy tuck procedure may also involve tightening of the subcutaneous fat layer and the skin surrounding the treatment area.
The Six Pack Abdominal Etch Appearance
Traditional liposuction will not create a six pack abdominal appearance. However, abdominal etching offers an adjunct to traditional liposuction treatment for the abdomen. During an abdominal etching procedure, liposuction is used to frame out a six pack abdominal appearance. This is a recently developed procedure that is performed by a select number of plastic surgeons.
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