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If you’re considering abdominoplasty (or a tummy tuck) to remove excess skin following significant weight loss or pregnancy, it is important to know what to expect in terms of scarring. Read on to discover more about abdominoplasty scarring and what can be done to reduce scar visibility.

As with any surgery, over time the scar will fade and become less noticeable but will not disappear entirely. So it is important that the benefits of the procedure have been weighed up against the impact of scarring to ensure that the surgery will be worthwhile. There are some important factors to consider in preparation for surgery that can minimise scarring, most notably is the skill and experience of the surgeon. At The Harley Medical Group our surgeons are experts in the use of surgical techniques that minimise scarring.

 

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Tummy tuck vs mini tummy tuck

Regardless of the type of tummy tuck surgery performed, incisions must be made in the skin and this will cause scarring. However, there are some differences that depend on the surgical technique used, the patient’s goals and partially on genetics.

In mini tummy tuck surgery a single incision is placed in the lower abdomen, just below what would be considered the waist line. The incision is smaller than in full abdominoplasty and is therefore more easily concealed and can even be undetectable after the full recovery period.

When it comes to full tummy tuck surgery, larger incisions across more sites are needed to remove sufficient excess skin to achieve the patient’s desired outcome. The procedure involves making a relatively large incision across the trunk from hip to hip in the bikini line. Incisions may also be made around the belly button and possibly vertically along the trunk if necessary.

What to expect from a healed tummy tuck scar

Throughout the recovery process, the appearance of a tummy tuck scar changes, starting off as a red or deep pink colour as blood supply to the area is increased, moving towards a thinner line of a colour that more closely resembles the skin tone of the patient. Scar fading continues for up to 2 years after surgery and scars are unlikely to change further after this point. Click here to discover more about tummy tuck recovery.

How to fade a tummy tuck scar

Before making the decision to undergo tummy tuck surgery, it is crucial to realise that scarring is not only expected, but almost guaranteed. Whilst this is true, there are certainly things that can be done to minimise scarring as much as possible, we have compiled a list of examples here:

  1. Follow the advice provided by your surgeon regarding postoperative care – This is the single most important step you can take in taking control over your recovery and the extent of scarring. If recommended, make sure you wear your compression garment as directed to optimise wound healing.
  2. Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery – Smoking has a significant impact on the body’s ability to heal and also increases susceptibility to infection.
  3. Avoid sun exposure and apply SPF once you are permitted to do so - UV damage can hinder the wound healing process and lead to more extensive scarring. Even once the recovery process is complete, careful attention should be paid to scar tissue to avoid sun damage. Therefore SPF should always be applied to the area when the skin is exposed, or the area should be kept covered with clothing if possible.
  4. Ensure you eat the recommended daily allowance of protein – Protein plays a crucial role in the wound healing process, so be sure to eat 0.8 g of protein per Kg of bodyweight.
  5. Avoid irritating ointments, lotions and creams during the healing process - Applying anything not recommended in your aftercare program can cause irritation, itching and skin softening that may lead to reopening of the incision.

If you are considering abdominoplasty to remove excess skin and refresh your sense of self-confidence, you can discover more by booking a free no-obligation consultation with a patient advisor today. You can also browse our website for more information on the tummy tuck process for men and women, learn more about our surgeons and view our gallery of before and after images.

For many people, stubborn localised pockets of fat are thought of as something that must be lived with, since no amount of exercise or calorie restriction seems to have an impact. However, there are a number of solutions to the problem, all centring around selective fat reduction, or liposuction. Liposuction is one of the most regularly performed cosmetic body contouring procedures available. In this article we will be taking a look at the results that can be expected following liposuction and answering some of the common queries that arise when it comes to liposuction.

Regardless of the technique used, liposuction results depend on a number of factors. These include the amount of fat removed, the area that has been treated and how much recovery time has passed.

 

How long until liposuction results show?

Immediately after treatment there will be localised swelling which will prevent appreciation of the results, but this will begin to subside within weeks. In the initial days following surgery, inflammation and water retention will lead to a bloated appearance but this is not a cause for concern and is an expected part of the recovery journey.

Depending on the amount of fat that has been removed and the extent of skin laxity prior to surgery, it is possible that the skin may begin to appear loose around the treated area. Over time, the skin will respond by tightening around the new contours of the body. The degree of skin tightening is variable depending on the type of liposuction used, skin elasticity and adherence to a compression wear schedule. This is why it is important to follow the guidance provided by your surgeon and nurse counsellor following surgery. If you have specific concerns relating to loose skin, this should be discussed during the consultation period as a solution could be integrated into your procedure.

It is expected that any residual swelling can take between 1 and 3 months to subside entirely. It is at this point when the final results of the liposuction procedure can be appreciated.

 

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove specific, localised deposits of fat from underneath the skin for body contouring purposes and should not be treated as a method of weight loss.

The maximum safe volume of fat that can be removed during a liposuction procedure depends on the technique used, but this is generally limited to 5 litres. This equates to around 10lbs and this limit is in place to reduce the risk of potentially serious complications, including the endocrine effects of high-volume fat loss.

 

Does fat return after liposuction?

As with any method of fat reduction, whether that be surgical or lifestyle modification, long term maintenance of results requires sustained commitment. Whilst it is true that fat cells removed during liposuction cannot return, it is possible for the remaining fat cells to enlarge if there is a need to store excess calories from the diet. Therefore it is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that contains a suitable number of calories to prevent weight gain following surgery.

 

Liposuction results before and after

We understand that it can be difficult to make the decision on which surgeon to choose for your liposuction procedure, so we have provided a gallery of liposuction before and after images from our surgeons here.

before and after liposuction
Please note some results may be in conjunction with other procedures

If you would like to explore how The Harley Medical Group can help you achieve your body contouring and fat removal goals, you can find out more about liposuction, find a surgeon who specialises in liposuction, and book a free-no obligation consultation with a patient advisor today.

The world of body contouring procedures is crowded and complex, with a range of options that are predicted to surpass breast augmentation surgery in terms of popularity over the coming years. Here we will explore the various different types of liposuction that are available, who each type is most suitable for and what kind of results can be expected from each method.

 

The Different Types Of Liposuction

As with any medical procedure, developments in medical science and technology have driven refinement of the liposuction procedure over time. This has led to a range of options being available to patients, improved results, options with reduced recovery time and non-surgical alternatives.

Traditional liposuction

The technique that is most commonly thought of when it comes to liposuction is traditional, or suction-assisted, liposuction. In this method, small incisions are made in the skin to enable the insertion of a cannula. The surgeon then guides the cannula beneath the skin and ensures that it is placed in the correct location. The cannula is then used to break up the fat tissue and suction is applied to remove fat from underneath the skin. Traditional liposuction is most suitable in areas where a larger volume of fat needs to be removed.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction

Ultrasound assisted, or Vaser liposuction is a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. This technique combines liposuction with ultrasound technology to deliver a gentler, more efficient procedure. The ultrasound element of VASER liposuction applies vibration to the tissue which breaks down and melts the fat. This procedure enables precise, targeted removal of fat tissue that causes less trauma to the tissue underlying the fat and reduced bleeding. Click here to discover everything you need to know about Vaser Liposuction with specialist Dr Leonardo Fasano.

Laser-assisted liposuction

In a similar way to ultrasound-assisted liposuction, this method utilised a specialist cannula that harnesses laser technology to break down the fat tissue which can then be suctioned out. The main advantage of this technique is increased skin tightening which make it the ideal technique for patients with stubborn pockets of fat around the arms and inner thigh.

Power assisted liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction aside from the addition of a device that allows the cannula to vibrate during the procedure. This helps to break up the fat tissue more easily, allowing for more efficient fat removal.

Tumescent liposuction

A technique involving injection of a large volume of dilute local anaesthetic agents under the skin prior to liposuction. Multiple smaller cannulas are then used to remove the fat.

 

Non-surgical liposuction

Although less invasive surgical options have been developed, non-invasive body contouring techniques are becoming increasingly in demand, perhaps due to the lack of requirement for anaesthesia, reduced risk and very little downtime.

Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting, is a non-invasive body contouring method that applies targeted freezing to specific areas of fat. Due to the high water content of fat tissue, fat cells are particularly susceptible to freezing. This feature also helps to ensure that other tissues are not injured during the process.

 

What results can be expected from each type of Liposuction?

The decision of which type of liposuction is best depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and medical history, the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the areas that require treatment. At The Harley Medical Group, our experts work in partnership with patients to identify which procedure is most appropriate for any individual.

Traditional Vs Vaser:

Each liposuction technique comes with a number of pros and cons in terms of what can be achieved. Let’s compare traditional (suction assisted) liposuction with VASER.

Traditional liposuction

Vaser liposuction

 

 

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You can view a range of before and after images from traditional and VASER liposuction procedures performed by our surgeons here.

If you would like to explore how The Harley Medical Group can help you achieve your body contouring and fat removal goals, you can find out more about liposuction, find a surgeon who specialises in liposuction, and book a free-no obligation consultation with a patient advisor today.

If you are either considering liposuction or have surgery scheduled, you might be wondering if there are any dietary changes you should make either before or after surgery to boost recovery or prepare your body for the procedure. Patients frequently have questions about diet when it comes to liposuction and the simple answer is that a special diet is not required but that a well-balanced diet built around healthy eating habits is recommended. In addition to this, there are some foods that can be incorporated to aid the recovery process that we will cover here. Click here to discover everything you need to know about Vaser Liposuction with Dr Leonardo Fasano.

Pre liposuction diet

In order to maintain your results from liposuction, it is important to start preparation before surgery. If you do not already do so, you should adjust your diet to ensure a healthy balance of macronutrients. This should include increasing your intake of vegetables, fruit and low-fat protein sources and reducing the amount of sugar, saturated fat and simple carbohydrates in your diet. Doing this will reduce the likelihood of weight gain following surgery and help to preserve your results long after surgery.

Do’s:

Don’ts:

Liposuction post-op diet

Following surgery your mobility will likely be reduced during the recovery period and you should account for this by adjusting your calorie intake. It is important not to overindulge after liposuction in order to maintain your renewed body shape and sense of confidence.

You should continue with a similar approach to your diet as before surgery. You should pay particular attention to your protein intake, ensuring that you eat plenty of lean meats, fish and leafy green vegetables. There is the option to take a multivitamin supplement if you are worried that your diet might not contain enough of the important vitamins for recovery.

Reducing your sodium intake can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body, especially postoperatively. You can do this by choosing not to add salt to meals, opting for low salt/sodium alternatives where available, and flavouring your dishes with herbs and spices instead.

How long should I stick to my post-operative diet plan?

Although liposuction can achieve impressive results and leave patients feeling transformed in terms of appearance and self-confidence, the surgery cannot change eating habits, activity levels or appetite. It is therefore important for patients to make sustainable changes to their lifestyle that they can take forward long after the recovery process is complete.

If you would like to find out more about liposuction at The Harley Medical Group, you can visit our dedicated page here. You can also book a free, no-obligation consultation to explore which option would be best to achieve your desired results.

How many times have you looked in the mirror and sucked in your stomach to make it look flatter? Celebrity influence and social media culture would have us believe that the perfect body is having a flat stomach. Of course, it’s more important to be healthy than to have rock hard abs and a washboard stomach but for some, a little sculpt, firm and tone is all that’s necessary to attain the coveted flat stomach – and this is where liposuction and tummy tuck procedures come in.

Everyone’s heard of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery and it’s hard not to when faced with pictures of celebrities who’ve undergone one or the other on a near daily basis.

The question is, what's the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck? Many people wrongly believe that both procedures can aid with weight loss in actual fact, they’re designed to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat (in liposuction’s case) and to firm and tighten your abdomen (tummy tuck). With that in mind, how do you know which of these two procedures is right for you? Let’s take a look at the main differences between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery.

Liposuction

Overview: liposuction is a cosmetic procedure carried out by a plastic surgeon under general anaesthetic

What it does: removes stubborn pockets of fat after weight loss.

Treatment areas: stomach, buttocks, chin, knees, hips, inner and outer thighs, arms, breasts

Stipulations: your BMI will be assessed to determine whether or not the procedure is suitable for you, click here to read more on the importance of BMI when it comes to surgery.

Benefits: wider choice of clothes, motivation to pursue a healthy lifestyle, increased self-confidence, feel more in proportion

Liposuction recovery: the recovery time for liposuction is four to six weeks

Why should I have liposuction?

Here are some of the reasons people choose to undergo liposuction:

Is liposuction right for me?

Ideal liposuction candidates are already at their target weight (or even slightly below) but have small deposits of fat which are resistant to exercise and controlled diets. The procedure will not help you lose weight but can leave you with a figure that is more in proportion and will help your clothes to fit better – often giving the appearance of weight loss.

Click here to read more about liposuction trends from Dr Leonardo Fasano, Body Sculpting Specialist at The Harley Medical Group.

Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Overview: tummy tuck is a type of plastic surgery carried out by a surgeon under general anaesthetic

What it does: firms and tightens the sagging skin on the abdominal area where diet and exercise alone are not effective and is especially sought after by those who went through a massive weight loss process

Treatment areas: stomach

Stipulations: you'll need to be at your ideal weight prior to surgery

Benefits: feel more confident in swimwear and figure hugging outfits, regain pre-pregnancy figure, achieve a firm and flat stomach, wider choice of clothes

Tummy tuck recovery: recovering from a tummy tuck takes between six and eight weeks

Why should I have a tummy tuck?

Here are some of the reasons people choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery:

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

Ideal candidates for Tummy Tuck surgery are already at their target weight, usually having already lost a significant amount of weight. The procedure removes the excess skin you’re left with following this period of weight loss and tightens your abdominal muscles, leaving your stomach tighter, firmer and flatter.

So, liposuction or tummy tuck - which is better?

This depends on what you are looking to achieve. In some cases, patients go for both a tummy tuck and a liposuction, especially if they have lost a lot of weight and struggle with both stubborn fat and sagging skin on the abdominal area. Here's an amazing transformation on our lovely patient Zoe who opted for a tummy tuck and liposuction with Dr. George Samouris.

tummy tuck and liposuction before and after

Recovery time after tummy tuck and liposuction is approximately six weeks, meaning that for at least six weeks after surgery you should avoid physical activity and follow the aftercare guidance provided by your surgeon. In both cases, you will be advised to wear the compression garments recommended by your provider and you may be prescribed with pain medication.

You should be able to return to work within a week (if you have a desk-type job), but soreness and tenderness may limit the speed with which you can move about.

Not a weight loss tool

Contrary to popular belief, neither Liposuction nor Tummy Tucks should be used as quick fix weight loss tools. In fact, they are sculpting and firming aids for those who are already at their target weight – although each procedure attracts slightly different candidates.

Before you agree to go ahead with any cosmetic surgical procedure, we recommend that you book a free consultation with one of our medical experts. They will be able to advise you on the correct procedure to suit your needs as well as assess your suitability to your chosen cosmetic surgery.

Are you considering undergoing liposuction or tummy tuck surgery? Pose your pre-surgery questions over on our Instagram @harleymedical. 

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