A tummy tuck with minimum recovery time and side effects sounds too good to be true but according to a five year study, it is possible.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson has discovered that by using both liposuction and the traditional abdominoplasty techniques, the amount of tissue damaged in surgery is greatly minimised. Called Lipoabdominoplasty, Dr Swanson said the technique focuses using liposuction to remove as much fat as possible before starting on the tummy tuck.
“Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination, may be performed safely with appropriate measures to reduce complications by minimizing tissue trauma,” Dr Swanson said.
Reducing tissue trauma is important. It lowers the recovery time, minimises the risk of complications and reduces the amount of pain a patient experiences after the surgery. Anaesthetic is an important factor also. Dr Swanson recommended using an altered form of general anaesthetic without the muscle paralysis to lower the chance of blood clots developing.
During the study, patient reported that less nausea was experienced, they spent less time in the recovery ward and experienced minimal fluid build-up (seromas). Patient satisfaction scored highest in the survey.