March 25, 2013 – With so many Americans battling weight issues, new cosmetic surgery techniques for body contouring are constantly being developed. Minimally-invasive procedures using radio frequency, heat or cold treatments are used to break down fat cells, but those often take a while for results to be visible. More invasive traditional cosmetic surgery procedures like tummy tucks and liposuction have immediately visible results, but more downtime and risk of complications are increased. But according to a recent article in SeacoastOnline, new techniques for combining a tummy tuck and liposuction are making the procedures more safe, have less recovery time and less expensive.

These new techniques involve not making tummy tuck incisions through the muscle wall. That allows the cosmetic surgeon to preserve blood vessels and not disturb the lymphatic system, according to the article. Because of that, there is less fluid accumulating in the surgical area since the lymphatic system can naturally drain it away and drain tubes aren’t needed. The risk of infection is reduced because of not having drain tubes and recovery time is faster.

The article states that previously, patients normally had liposuction first as one cosmetic surgery procedure, recovered from that, then had a tummy tuck. But with minimal damage to blood vessels and the lymph system from not cutting through the muscle wall but above it, both procedures can be done in one surgical setting. There is also less nerve damage, and the surgery can sometimes even be done on an out-patient basis.

So if you’re interested in finding the best method of body contouring and are considering a tummy tuck or liposuction, ask your cosmetic surgeon about having them done with this new technique. And because it is a new technique, not all cosmetic surgeons may be familiar with it. So take the time to find one who has experience with it and is board-certified in that field.

[tags]Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Cosmetic Surgery[/tags]