October 1, 2012 – A new twist on the traditional tummy tuck cosmetic surgery procedure involves using liposuction to remove more fat while preserving blood vessels and shortening recovery time. Lipoabdominoplasty, or the Avelar tummy tuck, is said to cause less pain, take less time to perform and requires less downtime, according to a recent article in Cosmetic Surgery Times.

With a traditional tummy tuck, the abdominal fat layer that is between the muscle layer and skin isn’t removed. The article points out that the fat is stretched when the skin and muscle layer is pulled down and tightened, making it appear thinner but not actually removing any fat cells. But with lipoabdominoplasty the fat is actually removed via liposuction with a special device that breaks up the fat with ultrasound energy before it is sucked out. This device also doesn’t cause damage to surrounding blood vessels, with means less bruising and faster recovery. The fat is also viable, meaning it can be used elsewhere in a fat transfer procedure for the patient.

The only possible drawback for this cosmetic surgery procedure is that sometimes the incision may not be as low as with a traditional tummy tuck. The article states that if the patient has enough loose abdominal skin then the incision can be made low. But if you don’t have much loose abdominal skin then the incision may have to be made a bit higher.

So if you’re considering having a tummy tuck, you may want to speak to a cosmetic surgeon who is trained to perform an Avelar tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty. Just make sure he or she is board-certified and trained for this specific cosmetic surgery procedure.

[tags]Lipoabdominoplasty, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck[/tags]