When patients come in for a consultation about a tummy tuck from my Denver practice, I often recommend including liposuction as well. Sometimes this comes as a surprise to my patients; most of us think of a tummy tuck as a very inclusive major surgery. The truth is, while a tummy tuck is ideal for big changes, combining it with liposuction can lead to even more refined outcomes.*
A tummy tuck and liposuction are two very different procedures that are both turned to for accomplishing the same goal: a flatter belly.* However, not everyone will benefit from one or the other; combining both can really deliver the best results.*
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that removes fat cells from the body. Lipo can be performed just about anywhere on the body, including the abdomen. Although you can get great results from lipo alone,* liposuction won’t be much help eliminating an abdominal paunch that’s caused by lax tummy muscles.
During a tummy tuck, I pull abdominal muscles back into place and stitch them together, then redrape the skin over this tightened framework and remove any excess skin and tissue. While this makes a major change in your lower abdomen,* a tummy tuck on its own may leave behind fatty deposits in the upper abdomen.
I’ve designed a new type of tummy tuck at my Denver practice that combines liposuction to fully reshape the abdomen both structurally and aesthetically.* During this C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck, I repair separated muscles and remove loose skin, then come in with liposuction to gently sculpt away any remaining fat deposits.* An added benefit is that my patients generally don’t require surgical drains during their recovery, and I find the results are much better than with traditional tummy tucks.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.