Tummy Tucks and Liposuction
Today, both procedures can be done together saving both recovery time and money.
Tummy tucks (medically known as abdominoplasty) and liposuctions are two procedures that are well known to people with weight issues.
Modern advances in surgical techniques have made these procedures faster, less expensive and most importantly safer.
Many plastic surgeons are thrilled about new techniques that allows both procedures to be done simultaneously and without the need of bothersome drains for the patient. These new techniques translate into a safer procedure and a shorter recovery times.
Until recently, liposuction and tummy tucks were done as two separate procedures. Done as two separate procedures, it was both more costly for the patient and much more invasive and with higher complications rates. Additionally, since the surgeries involved cutting blood vessels and the lymphatic system, there was a need for drains to remove excess fluid buildup in the open areas. Patients needed to have the uncomfortable drains in place for up to 14 days. Patients also needed to care for the drains because there was a real danger of infection as well as that the drains often got tangled by clothing.
This new medical technique for accomplishing both procedures at once does not cut the lymphatic system and stays away from the blood vessels allowing both the liposuction and the tummy tuck to be done at the same time in a much less invasive manner than in prior surgeries. By conserving the normal blood supply to the target region more liposuction can be done with less worry for abdominal skin loss. Also, by maintaining the lymphatic vessels intact, fluid from surgical inflammation can drain naturally, hence the lack of need for drains and the complications that come with them.
The more traditional way of doing these procedures made incisions through the muscles. When a surgeon cuts through the muscles, they are also cutting blood vessels. This can be a problem as that most of the blood supply to the abdomen comes through the muscles. This new technique removes fat from around the blood vessels preserving the blood supply making this procedure safer and with lower risk of infection.
In fact, prior to the new technique, potential patients often were required to lose weight prior the surgery because of the potential damage to blood vessels that sometimes caused the skin not to survive the procedure. That meant that first a surgeon would do a liposuction, then the tummy tuck as a second procedure. Now that is not necessary. As an added benefit of this new technique is that patients have better sensation in the abdominal area after surgery because no nerves we cut either
With the modern techniques, patients only receive one surgery, often as an out-patient, saving thousands for the patient. Additionally, some people who used to not be candidates for Liposuction and Tummy Tucks are now potential candidates.
While still a new procedure to the mainstream, it is predicted that within 10 years, 90 percent of these surgeries will be done using this new technique.
Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 4, 2013
(Source Article: www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130324-LIFE-303240314)