A tummy tuck and liposuction are two different procedures that each address different problems. Although some people may only need one procedure, many benefit from the benefits of both procedures combined.* There are several reasons why a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck may be recommended by your plastic surgeon.
A tummy tuck removes loose abdominal skin that is often caused by significant weight loss or pregnancy, and can also repair weakened stomach muscles. Liposuction addresses the fatty tissue below the skin that does not respond to diet and exercise. Most people experience a combination of these issues, so combining the two during what’s known as lipoabdominoplasty makes good sense.
When performed together, liposuction works to sculpt the hip and flanks, as well as slim down the stomach.* This makes for the perfect complement to a tummy tuck, which tightens the abdominal skin and tones the underlying muscles.*
In addition to the aesthetic benefits of liposuction combined with a tummy tuck, the lipoabdominoplasty technique eliminates the need to use post-operative drains.* This is because the surgeon creates special sutures that involve layered stitching of the tissue covering the abdominal muscles. This technique prevents the buildup of fluids and eliminates the risk of seromas, so patients can heal without being burdened with emptying drains and measuring fluid.*
A tummy tuck incision normally extends from hip to hip. The incision is usually held together by stitches, which holds skin, muscle and tissue in place. Normal movements can strain the incision and may even lead to undesired scarring. The progressive tension sutures used for lipoabdominoplasty help to disperse tension throughout the operation site rather than only on the incision.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.