Liposuction Belly

The tummy is a very specific area of the body for liposuction. It is an area that is influenced by age, weight variations, pregnancy and hormonal changes. The abdomen is also a special area, as it depends not only on the amount of fat under the skin, but also on the tone of the abdominal muscle, as well as visceral fat – the fat around organs such as the stomach or intestines. So there isn’t just one belly, but many different types. Depending on the type of tummy you have, there are also different types of treatment available: classic liposuction, Vaser liposuction, High Definition liposuction with possible skin tightening such as with Renuvion and, for the most advanced cases, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

The tummy is a very specific area of the body for liposuction. It is an area that is influenced by age, weight variations, pregnancy and hormonal changes. The abdomen is also a special area, as....

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We specialize in liposuction using PAL® Power-Assisted Liposuction or Bodyjet® water jet assisted liposuction. We are one of the few centers in Switzerland to be equipped with the EVL® technique for lipofilling.

We specialize in liposuction using PAL® Power-Assisted Liposuction or Bodyjet® water jet assisted liposuction. We are one of the few centers in Switzerland to be equipped with the EVL® technique for lipofilling.

A panthy, also known as a compression girdle, is put in place immediately after the operation. It supports the skin’s adaptation processes and must be worn for three weeks, day and night. Antibiotics must be taken prophylactically for three days. Pain is often cramp-like, appearing a few hours after the operation. They are at their most intense after 3 to 4 days, and generally disappear after 1 week. The first shower can be taken 48 hours after liposuction. It is important to remain in a sitting and lying position for the first 2 weeks.

After liposuction, you should refrain from sport for 3 weeks. If lipofilling is performed, it is preferable to give up sport for 8 weeks

For office work, it is possible to return to work after 3 to 4 days. Activities requiring standing can be carried out 2 weeks after the operation.

The vast majority of liposuction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. This means that patients can go home the same day, whether under local or general anaesthetic. If necessary, an overnight stay can be arranged in advance.

The duration of the procedure depends on the number of areas to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed. In general, the procedure lasts between 1 and 3 hours.

We offer liposuction under local anesthesia, deep sedation or general anesthesia. Good candidates for liposuction under local anaesthetic are those with a moderate to high threshold of resistance to physical pain. During the consultation, we gather the necessary information to assess your pain tolerance. On average, we operate on one out of every two patients under local anaesthetic, and therefore one out of every two patients under deep sedation or general anaesthetic.

The “frequent” and partially avoidable risks after liposuction are irregularities and seromas. The risk of irregularities can be minimized by performing standing post-procedure checks, and making corrections directly if necessary. Seroma is the accumulation of fluid in the tissues under the skin. Sitting or lying down for the first 2 weeks after surgery drastically reduces the risk of seroma. Other risks, such as infection or bleeding, are very rare.

From 3’500.- under AL. Please fill in the contact form or give us a call. We attach great importance to a transparent pricing policy. Everything is included in the price, from the consultation to the operation, including post-operative consultations, post-operative medication and panthy. For liposuction of the abdomen, we ask for an ultrasound of the abdomen before the operation. This is usually paid for by the health insurance company. We can give an estimate of the price when we receive photos of the areas to be treated. The final price is only given during a consultation. There are no hidden costs or unpleasant surprises.

The belly when you’re 20

At the age of 20, patients have generally not experienced major weight changes, and women have not yet had their first child. Patients are generally fairly athletic, and have good muscle tone in the abdominal muscles with little visceral fat, which makes them good candidates for classic liposuction or Vaser liposuction.

 

An example of Liposuction with PAL microaire on a patient in her twenties

The belly when you’re 30

By the age of 30, half my patients have had their first child. The consequence of this weight variation can be the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen and love handles, but above all greater flaccidity in the skin of the abdomen. In these cases, conventional liposuction or Vaser liposuction combined with Vaser skin tightening is generally indicated.

 

An example of liposuction of the abdomen, hips and thighs using the Body-Jet technique. 1500 ml. of fat were removed.

With liposuction using the gentle Body-Jet technique, fatty deposits are removed from the abdomen, hips and thighs, restoring the figure’s harmonious appearance. Performed under sedation, local or general anaesthesia, the procedure is less invasive and gentler than conventional liposuction in removing fatty deposits that are resistant to diet or sport.

The belly when you’re 40

By the age of 40, most of my patients have had all the children they wanted. Due to variations in weight and the position of the uterus during pregnancy, the abdominal muscle may have relaxed, resulting in diastasis of the rectus abdominis, giving the abdomen a rounded appearance. In these cases, the fat can be removed using classic liposuction or vaser, and if the skin of the abdomen is really loose, we strongly recommend tightening the skin using the Renuvion system. It is also often necessary to perform daily exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles, such as sheathing. The important thing is to find a sport that strengthens the abdominal muscles and, above all, is fun! In more advanced cases, where skin laxity and diastasis are too great, a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty – is required.

 

An example of Liposuction with PAL microaire on a patient in her forties

The belly when you’re 50 or over

At the age of 50, the belly must be considered in three layers: 1 – the fat directly under the skin 2 – the slackening or toning of the abdominal muscles 3 – but also the fat that accumulates around the organs – visceral fat. We often notice that weight gain in men over 50, or in women after the menopause, can accumulate a large amount of fat around the organs (intestines, stomach, liver, …. ). This often results in a very round – sometimes exaggerated – belly shape. Liposuction of visceral fat is technically impossible. 20 to 30% of my patients over the age of 50 have this problem, so liposuction is not an option. The only solution is weight loss.

You can perform a relatively simple test yourself: for those of you with a basically round belly, if you contract your abdominal muscles and grip the skin of your belly and quickly encounter resistance, it’s probably your abdominal muscle. This means there’s intra-abdominal fat pushing on the abdominal muscles, so there’s little fat under the skin.

Dr. Yann Favre, over 2,000 liposuctions performed

  • Professional consultation by a qualified FMH & EBOPRAS plastic surgeon
  • Member of the Swiss Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Over 15 years’ experience in plastic and aesthetic surgery in various clinics and university hospitals in Switzerland and Europe
  • 15 to 20 liposuctions performed per month
  • Expertise in HD liposuction, buttock lipofilling and breast lipofilling
  • Individual results planning
  • Post-operative medication and Marena © panthy included
  • A professional, friendly team to look after your well-being before, during and after the operation

Dr med. Yann Favre
Founder of Clinique Bellefontaine
Specialist FMH & EBOPRAS Plastic, Reconstructive and
Aesthetic Surgery

High-definition liposuction: reveal an athletic tummy

Many people go to the gym regularly and pay attention to a balanced diet, yet the msucles under the skin don’t show. It’s precisely for these areas that High Definition Liposuction is the right treatment for shaping a perfect body. The technique combining Vaser ® and PAL ® is currently the gold standard for creating an athletic tummy. The appearance of the “six-pack” then becomes possible. However, high-definition Vaser liposuction is only suitable for patients with good skin quality and a BMI not exceeding 27 to 28 kg/m2.

An example of High Definition liposuction on a man

Is liposuction enough to tighten the skin?

If you’ve had children or major weight fluctuations, your skin may show stretch marks, have lost a lot of tone and sometimes even hang down. In moderate cases, liposuction can in some cases tighten the skin by up to 4%, or even up to 8% using the Vaser liposuction technique. In these more advanced cases, where the skin does not hang down, we can use the latest scarless technology to tighten the skin: Renuvion. In more advanced cases where the skin is already hanging, a miniabdominoplasty or abdominoplasty may be necessary. It’s a question of the surgeon’s experience whether liposuction of the abdomen alone is sufficient, and whether your connective tissue will then firm up on its own, or whether another technique is required.

Should the stomach be the only area to be liposuctioned?

When observing and assessing the abdominal region, always be aware of the interaction with the love handles area – the famous “buoys” in the flanks. For me, the belly and the hips are one unit. If we reduce the volume of the belly alone, it’s very likely to make the love handles more prominent. Some patients do indeed have an accumulation of fat mainly localized on the stomach and relatively little fat on the hips. But these cases are rare. In addition, slimmer hips help define the waistline, and the upper body looks more elegant.

General information

Have you ever tried dieting and targeted training to lose belly fat? Unfortunately, without much success? The reasons are partly linked to genetics and hormonal balance, but also to pregnancy, major weight variations or aging. When diet and exercise fail to bring relief, many people consider liposuction of the tummy. Many people dream of having a beautiful stomach. However, unlike many other areas of the body – such as the love handles and thighs – where the problem is often purely fat, the tummy needs to be considered in its entirety, with its muscular, cutaneous and visceral components. Careful analysis by an experienced surgeon is essential to give you the right treatment. Liposuction is not a means of weight loss and is therefore not a good indication for obese patients. Patients over a BMI of 30 to 32 have a significantly higher risk of post-operative complication, which is why we do not operate on these patients. However, in carefully selected cases in patients not exceeding a BMI of 32, diffuse excess fat can benefit from liposuction and help secondary weight loss. This is known as starter liposuction.

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An example of tummy tuck, hip and back liposuction and hip dip lipofilling with the PAL microaire technique

An example of high-definition tummy tuck using the PAL microaire technique

An example of tummy tuck, hips, outer thighs, back and hip dip lipofilling with the PAL microaire technique

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Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the initial consultation for your tummy tuck, we make sure that tummy tuck is a treatment that will meet your expectations. To this end, we clarify questions about your general state of health. We measure body weight, check abdominal muscle tone and thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer, and assess the amount of visceral fat. If the skin is very loose, procedures such as Renuvion or abdominoplasty are suggested. During the first consultation, the areas to be treated will be drawn in a standing position and checked in front of a mirror. A blood test is required prior to the procedure. An ultrasound scan of the abdomen to check for hernias is systematically performed. Smoking should ideally be stopped 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after liposuction. Blood-thinning drugs such as NSAIDs should be stopped 10 days before your tummy tuck.

During the procedure

For a harmonious, natural result, the problem areas are marked in the standing position. While lying down, the surgical area for your liposuction is disinfected and sterile-coated. A tumescent solution is then passed through very small incisions – only 3 to 4 mm – into the marked areas. It contains analgesics and medication to relieve subsequent bruising. If required, we emulsify the fat using the Vaser technique. Aspiration is then performed using PAL micro-suction cannulas. To ensure optimum results, several checks are carried out in the standing position at the end of the procedure. This process helps to avoid irregularities. The duration of the operation depends on the amount of fat to be removed and the type of anesthesia. One to four hours is usual. The procedure can generally be performed on an outpatient basis. Between 1 and 5 liters of fat can be removed in a single session. For health reasons, it is not recommended to remove more than 5 liters of fat per session during your tummy tuck.

After the procedure

A Marena ® compression girdle will be fitted immediately after the procedure. It supports the skin’s adaptation processes and must be worn for three weeks, day and night. During the first night after the procedure, liquid from the tumescent solution will emerge from the small incisions. The first shower can be taken 48 hours after liposuction. Antibiotic prophylaxis is required for three days. Pain is often cramp-like, appearing a few hours after the procedure. They are at their most intense after 3 to 4 days, and generally disappear after 1 week. It is important to respect a rest period of one to two weeks to avoid complications such as seromas, which can mainly occur during liposuction of the abdomen. One week after liposuction, the treated area is often swollen and indurated. Swelling and induration diminish after 2 to 3 weeks, and definitively after 3 to 6 months. To avoid irregularities and hardening of the treated areas due to soft tissue healing, LPG Endermologie treatment is strongly recommended one week after liposuction. Sensitivity problems are common after this procedure. Sensitivity returns a few weeks to a few months later. A stable weight is an important measure for achieving an optimal final result. The final result can only be assessed a few weeks to 3 months after the operation. If you have any questions, you can always contact us personally by telephone using our emergency number after your tummy tuck.

Risks and side effects

Sensitivity disorders are common after this procedure. Sensitivity returns a few weeks to a few months later. Bruising, redness and slight swelling appear regularly after the operation, but resolve over time. Slight bumps and asymmetries are also possible. As we carry out regular checks during the operation, the risk of a bump or asymmetry after surgery is low. Infections and hematomas are very rare after liposuction. The risk of thrombosis or embolism is extremely low when your liposuction is performed under local anaesthetic.

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FAQ

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The most suitable candidates for liposuction are those who are stable in weight, have a body mass index below 30, and have localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet or sport. In principle, anyone in good general health is suitable for liposuction.

Will I lose weight after liposuction?

No or very little. Fat removed is measured in volume, not kilos. 1 liter of fat weighs much less than 1 kilo. The aim of liposuction is to transform the silhouette, not to lose weight.

Can removed fat return?

It’s a question we’re often asked during consultations. As long as weight remains stable, fat does not return. Weight is considered stable when it does not change by more than 3 to 4 kilos after the operation. The fat cells removed do not have the capacity to multiply. However, liposuction does not protect against weight gain. Remaining fat cells may increase in volume again if weight increases by more than 3 to 4 kilos after the procedure.

Contact

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