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Lipoabdominoplasty: A New Type of Tummy Tuck Gets Even Better
Date:8/28/2008

ortion of the abdomen. Using ultrasonic liposuction selectively emulsifies fatty tissue and maximizes fat extraction. This has allowed him to achieve even better sculpting and definition in the upper portion of the abdomen and has hastened patient recovery.

Second, he began using a newly developed suture known as the Quill suture for repair of the separated abdominal muscles and for final skin closure. The Quill suture is a sophisticated, bi-directional barbed suture, which adjusts its tension with each stitch. This locks tissue in place for a snug and secure closure. This type of suture material is a marked improvement over traditional sutures.

Prospective tummy tuck patients who visit Dr. Parker are sometimes surprised to learn that removing the excess skin is only one step of the procedure. The same factors contributing to lax skin also cause the muscles to separate. Tightening these muscles internally is very important, but the technique is tricky on several levels. In order to tighten the muscles, one must put stitches in the fascia--a sheath of connective tissue that envelopes and supports the muscles. Traditional stitches can tear through the fascia if they are too big or tight. Making the stitches looser accomplishes nothing because the muscles will be inadequately corrected. The Quill suture adjusts its tension with each stitch and locks the tissue in place for a snug and secure closure.

After Dr. Parker has tightened the loose ab muscles, he then removes the loose skin and closes the skin with stitches. Once again, he has found the tension-adjusting Quill suture has allowed his incisions to heal with scars that are more imperceptible than ever.

Patients are observed in Dr. Parker's fully certified on site surgical facility overnight following lipoabdominoplasty. This is part of the Parker Center's Rapid Recovery Protocol in order to break the pain cycle before it ever gets established. Patients are up and walking
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