For many women and men who get a tummy tuck, the decision of whether or not to have liposuction at the same time comes into question. Is it safe? Is it more painful? Do you need it? These are just a few of the questions patients ask themselves and their doctor when considering lipo in combination with their tummy tuck.
While there are various types of tummy tuck procedures, most involve the removal of excess skin and fat from the mid to lower abdomen and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. This results in a firm, flat tummy. Tummy tucks are also the best way to remove loose or sagging skin and stretch marks from pregnancy or changes in weight.
When a patient has excess fat in areas around the sides and love handles, their plastic surgeon may suggest liposuction for those areas. Some patients will also combine lipo of other areas during their tummy tuck procedure. Liposuction uses gentle suction to remove fat from specific areas to reshape and contour the body. Liposuction can be performed on the hips, abdomen, thighs, and many other areas of the body.
A tummy tuck is a great way to make the abdomen flatter and smoother, but it is not as effective at defining the waist line if there is excessive fat in the mid-section. Most patients who get a tummy tuck are also seeking that hourglass figure created by a defined waistline. By removing excess fat through liposuction, the body is able to be contoured into that desired result.
Combining tummy tucks and liposuction is very safe. You can get the best of both procedures at once, without enduring additional recovery times or missed work.
If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck and aren’t sure whether lipo is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning and board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque or Dr. Peter Butler.
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