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There are several surgical procedures available to get rid of your belly fat. These procedures include liposuction, tummy tucks and endoscopic surgeries. Each one comes with their specific risks; however, the procedures that don't require you to be sedated may be safer overall because they don't include the risks associated with anesthesia.
Liposuction, also called body contouring, is a cosmetic surgery that removes extra fat. According to MedlinePlus.com, the procedure allows the body to be smoothed, making it a popular choice to get rid of belly fat. Liposuction requires that a plastic surgeon use suction to literally suck fat out of you. The most common type of liposuction used involves an injection of local anesthetic, epinephrine and intravenous (IV) salt solution at the site of fat removal. The liquid helps to break up the fat before suction.
Risks of Liposuction
Though desirable risks are attained with liposuction, there are several risks with undergoing the surgery. According to Medlineplus.com, general risks of liposuction include shock, fluid overload, infections, bleeding and blood clots. Other risks are scarring, complications from drug reactions, asymmetry of body, and fat embolism. Also, you can incur nerve, skin, tissue, and organ damage. If you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary problems, or if you smoke and drink alcohol, you are at greater risk for complications with liposuction. Liposuction procedures don't always require you to be sedated, so you won't always incur risks associated with anesthesia.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is another option for the removal of belly fat and helps flabbiness disappear. According to MedlinePlus.com, the procedure lasts approximately two to six hours, and you would be hospitalized for up to three days. While on the operating table, the surgeon cuts your stomach open and takes out all of the excess fat. She also removes any extra skin before sewing you closed with stitches. The stitches are later removed.
Risks of Tummy Tucks
Tummy tucks have serious complications similar to those of liposuction. Tummy tucks require sedation; therefore, if you undergo the procedure, you will incur risks associated with anesthesia. As with any anesthesia, you risk breathing problems, strokes, heart attacks and drug reactions. Risks of general surgery include bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling, scarring, and blood clots. According to MedlinePlus.com, risks of tummy tucks specifically include internal organ damage, nerve damage and a low body temperature (during surgery).
According to MedlinePlus.com, another option for the removal of belly fat is endoscopic surgery. It is the least invasive and least complicated surgery option for reducing fat. Endoscopic surgery requires the use of an endoscope to see a video of your insides without having to cut open your stomach. Once able to see inside of you, a plastic surgeon can insert small tools through tiny insertions to remove any extra fat. The small cuts associated with this procedure means that there is little scarring.