As if things have not been complicated enough to understand, I am throwing out another option to consider. To make things a little easier to understand from the outset, 4D-VASER Lipo-abdominoplasty is simply VASER liposuction simultaneously coupled with an abdominoplasty. Therefore, all the previously described techniques of standard and mini-abdominoplasty apply, with the addition that VASER liposuction is performed first.
Why 4D VASER Lipo-abdominoplasty?
Why use VASER liposuction if you are having the excess fat and skin removed anyway with an abdominoplasty? Here is the explanation: During an abdominoplasty, the abdominal skin is elevated off the abdominal muscles, pulled down and excess skin and fat is removed from the lower portion of the skin flap. There is more to it than this, but this is a simplified explanation. For more info, see Abdominoplasty. The remaining abdominal skin is just as thick with fat as it was prior to the surgery, there is just less of it. Better contours are achieved by eliminating the redundancy of skin, and thus giving a tighter appearance to the abdomen. However, by not thinning the remaining skin, there will not be any improvement in muscular definition. Unless your skin is very thin and your muscles well developed, an abdominoplasty alone will give you a substantial improvement in contours but will be limited by the fact that the appearance will be very two dimensional – kind of like a sheet pulled flat down til taut. If you have thin skin and a well developed musculature, then you will have more definition after an abdominoplasty naturally.
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Benefits of 4D VASER Lipo-abdominoplasty
By performing 4D-VASER liposuction prior to abdominoplasty, the abdominal skin can be selectively thinned and shaped prior to abdominoplasty, leading to a more natural shape, with three dimensional contours, not just a flat panel of skin stretched down over the abdomen. In the vast majority of cases, VASER should be performed of the flanks as well, to give better contours to the trunk as an aesthetic unit of the body. Otherwise, the abdomen will look flat and sculpted with blunted, rounded borders where the flanks are unshaped. In some cases, adding VASER liposuction extended to the flanks may even permit a standard abdominoplasty to give good results where otherwise an extended abdominoplasty (excising skin around the sides of the flanks) would be necessary.