Getting Liposuction After Pregnancy

After the euphoria of giving birth, new moms (or even not-so-new moms) are faced by distress because of the physical changes to their body brought about by pregnancy. The most common among these problems is weight gain. Giving birth sometimes slows down the metabolism of a woman’s body. As a result, fats are not easily removed by diet and exercise – which post-partum women find hard to squeeze into their schedule. Due to this, more and more women are getting liposuction to gt their bodies back in shape.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction, often referred to as "spot fat reduction" or lipoplasty, is a procedure which gets rid of women’s fatty deposits usually in tummy, buttocks, thighs and upper arms. Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis and is performed under local anesthesia. Women are reported to have renewed self-esteem after having liposuction. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also reports that the number of women who want to get liposuction increase each year. Between 2002 and 2003, there was a 13% increase in the number – from 282,876 to 320,022.

Liposuction, compared to a tummy tuck, is a much safer procedure as it does not include removal of skin. There is less physical discomfort and less health risks involved. Also scars are less evident and healing time is much shorter.

Most requested procedure

Abdominal liposuction is the sought after by women after pregnancy. As with all medical procedures, this also start with the initial consultation. During this, the plastic surgeon will take note of the woman’s body and ask about her medical history. The surgeon will then examine the skin at the area where liposuction is to be done. He/She will then explain to the patient the entire liposuction procedure.

The procedure starts with an anesthetic. Some plastic surgeons prefer to use local anesthesia, while others prefer general anesthesia along with a sedative so that the patient is drowsy but relaxed. The surgeon then makes a small incision just below the bikini line or belly button then inserts a thin tube known as a cannula. The cannula is directed towards the are of fatty deposits where the surgeon applies a certain degree of force to loosen the fat in the area and redesign it to make it look more attractive. The fatty tissue is then taken out of the body by using a strong vacuum-like equipment that is attached to the cannula. Liposuction is a fairly safe procedure as it is designed to take out fats in specific areas without affecting blood vessels, skin, nerves or muscles.

Most popular techniques

The four most popular abdominal liposuction techniques are

  • super-wet liposuction – involves the injecting of a saline solution combined with the anesthetic and adrenaline into the abdomen to help loosen and remove the fatty deposits.
  • tumescent liposuction – the same as super-wet method except that greater amounts of the saline solution are used.
  • ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) – the newest development in liposuction. It makes used of sound waves to loosen fatty deposits.
  • dry liposuction – does not make use of any liquid solutions for loosening and removing unwanted fat.