Patients who are overweight and have larger bellies wonder about their liposuction options, the cost of their procedure, and whether liposuction or another procedure such as a tummy tuck will best meet their goals. Dr. Ditesheim can explain the specifics of your procedure after a consultation, but here are some of the basics you should know about liposuction in the abdominal area.
No! First, undergoing two smaller operations reduces the risks of a large procedure. Risk can translate into complications and hospitalizations. Complications mean longer recovery and more time out of work. Unplanned time out of work can be very costly, and could even cost you your job.
If you choose to have the smaller liposuction procedures under local anesthesia, there are no professional anesthesia fees, which can range from $900-$2000. So, while you return to the operating room two times rather than one, it does not have to cost more than one large-volume liposuction procedure.
People with a higher body mass index that have a stomach that hangs below the belt line should consider having any excess skin removed with a tummy tuck. Stretched out skin will collect fluid like a sac and make recovery difficult. When there is a larger hanging tummy and a lot of excess fat, this is a good reason to stage the procedures. If the hanging tummy is loose skin, then removing this skin first is Dr. Ditesheim’s recommendation.
It’s important to remember that neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction are for people who want to lose weight. No matter how much fat you could remove with these procedures, it’s not a substitution for getting healthy through a nutritious diet and diligent exercise program.
Those with a larger tummy often need more fat removed to see the desired shape changes. Taking out more fat means more blood loss, more swelling, and longer recovery. There are different options depending on your individual risk and expectations for results and recovery. The different options to consider are: one stage vs two stages of plastic surgery, general vs local anesthesia, and limited vs extensive fat removal.
Dr. Ditesheim has treated several patients who had larger tummies in different ways. All wanted improvement in their body contour. For each patient, the age, height, and weight are noted, as well as the anesthesia (local or general anesthesia), the total amount of fat removed, recovery, investment, and procedure time in the operating room. All of these factors affect how much the surgical procedure costs, which is why the best way to know the cost of high-volume liposuction is with a consultation with Dr. Ditesheim.
It’s possible for people who are overweight to still undergo a safe and successful cosmetic surgery procedure like liposuction. The best candidates are people who follow a healthy diet, do not have poor skin elasticity, and understand that tumescent liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. If you are interested in learning more about how to reduce your body fat, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim by filling out our form or giving us a call today.