Tummy Tuck and Liposuction in Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that tummy tucks and liposuction remain popular plastic surgery procedures. In 2015, demand for liposuction procedures rose 5 percent from the previous year and tummy tucks experienced a 9 percent increase from 2014. Of the five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2015, tummy tucks and liposuction were the two that had the most growth. Both of the body contouring procedures are sought after by men and women, which helps to account for their continued popularity.
Lipoabdominoplasty Is Among the Most Popular Procedures in the UK
The British journal Express indicates that interest in lipoabdominoplasty has skyrocketed in the UK, making it one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the country. Demand for the combined tummy tuck and liposuction procedure has grown by 172 percent since December 2014. Also topping the most-wanted list of plastic surgeries was the full tummy tuck, which saw a 264 percent rise during the first half of 2015. Although breast augmentation remains popular, it’s not experiencing the same surge in growth as the body contouring procedures.
Combined Lipo/Tummy Tuck Means the Best of Both Procedures
A study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that an innovative surgical technique combining liposuction with tummy tuck offers excellent outcomes and lowers risk of complication. The case study used ultrasonic liposuction on 150 people, and surgeons were able to successfully remove excess fat from targeted areas while reducing the blood loss and tissue trauma associated with traditional liposuction methods. None of the participants developed seromas, which was likely due to the less-invasive ultrasound liposuction. This method permitted surgeons to remove more abdominal fat than with traditional liposuction, which led to more satisfying final results.
Adding Liposuction May Decrease Tummy Tuck Complications
A drain-free tummy tuck combined with liposuction can reduce risks, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). After a traditional tummy tuck, a space remains in the abdomen. Fluid can build up in this space, causing a seroma. Drains are used to collect the fluid, but they can be cumbersome or expose the individual to infection. The medical journal of the ASPS published a study that documented liposuction and tummy tuck followed by progressive suturing techniques. The quilted sutures eliminated the space, thus negating need for a drain and greatly reducing risk of seroma.