Not just a tummy tuck with additional liposuction but a radically different tummy tuck.
The lipo-abdominoplasty which the Sculpt tummy tuck is based on is a radically different concept to the traditional abdominoplasty. It is important to realise that this is not a classic abdominoplasty with some added liposuction.
The liposuction is integral to the result and the recovery from this operation. The liposuction is used both to remove fat and to dissect the tissues. The internal dissection is carried out, not on the abdominal wall, which disrupts blood flow as well as lymphatics, but in a higher plane to avoid these structures.
No drains are required, and you only need to stay overnight in hospital. There are many research reports that demonstrate both the safety and great results of these modern techniques (ref 1, 11).
Replacing the standard liposuction used in lipo-abdominoplasty with VASER liposculpture takes this operation to the next level
Traditional liposculpture is quite a simple procedure. Fluid containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be sculpted and a metal cannula is used to suck the fat out. This is still the most common method of performing liposuction today, and is also the most common method used with the lipoabdominoplasty surgery.
Over the last ten years or so there has been a number of advancements in performing liposuction, such as the power assisted liposuction cannulas, Laser liposuction and water jet liposuction. Many of these methods, in Dr Beldholm’s experience, add very little to the final result.
However, VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposculpture, has made it possible to do more superficial removal of fat, which makes it possible achieve a much more sculpted appearance. Dr Hoyos and Dr Millard first described the VASER high definition liposculpture technique in 2007 (ref 18). The VASER probe melts fat and provides a much smoother result than traditional liposuction.
I have found that using VASER liposculpture instead of the traditional liposuction for my Sculpt tummy tucks improves the results and recovery significantly in my hands. It makes for a more sculpted and defined abdomen.
Fat injections with the Sculpt tummy tuck
There is usually a significant amount of fat that is removed during the tummy tuck. The good news is that this fat is not necessarily waisted.
Common changes after pregnancy are emptiness in the breast area. Fat injection can be used to enhance your breasts without having to use a breast implant. It is possible to achieve approximately 1 cup size extra, and fill out the upper pole area of the breasts, that are commonly empty after breast feeding and pregnancy.