Lipoabdominoplasty with Dr. Parker
Lipoabdominoplasty is a relatively new procedure that combines aggressive liposuction of the abdomen with many of the principles of a Classic or Traditional Abdominoplasty.
The Lipoabdominoplasty procedure begins with liposuction of the entire abdomen. The skin below the umbilicus is excised similar to a classic abdominoplasty, although lymphatic vessels are preserved to minimize postoperative swelling and promote a more rapid recovery from surgery. Next, limited undermining of the upper abdominal skin flap is performed, preserving many blood vessels and nerves to the abdominal wall. The rectus muscles are then plicated. Finally, the upper abdominal flap is advanced and closed with multiple layers of dissolvable sutures that minimize scar tension and postoperative scar spreading.
Advantages of Lipoabdominoplasty include:
- Improved abdominal shape due to aggressive liposuction.
- Lower rate of postoperative complications such as seroma.
- Less likelihood of postoperative numbness.
- More security for smokers and post weight loss patients.
- Shorter scar in many patients.
- Quicker postoperative recovery with less swelling, bruising and pain.
Dr. Parker learned the technique of Lipoabdominoplasty from his colleagues in Brazil. He has made several improvements and it is currently his procedure of choice for patients undergoing abdominoplasty.
Lipoabdominoplasty procedures at Parker Center for Plastic Surgery are commonly combined with body lifts, breast augmentation or liposuction. Lipoabdominoplasty should be delayed if future pregnancies are planned. Although pregnancy can proceed normally after surgery, the benefits of the procedure may be lost.