Tummy Tuck with Liposuction: How Combining Them Could Give You Better Results
Tummy tuck surgery and liposuction are cosmetic procedures that can improve your body contour. Individually they can produce excellent results, but combining them together can provide even greater benefits in helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.
What is the Difference Between Tummy Tuck Surgery and Liposuction?
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and liposuction use different approaches to improve body contours.
A tummy tuck is a surgery that addresses loose tissue in the abdominal area. During tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess, loose skin that hangs or sags. As indicated by its name, this procedure focuses solely on abdominal contour and makes the abdomen firmer and flatter.
Liposuction is a surgery that targets areas of fat deposits in different parts of the body. The procedure can remove unwanted fat cells by suctioning them out through a thin, hollow needle. Liposuction can be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, chest, upper arms, neck—virtually any area of the body where excess fat deposits may be present—to trim and slim body contours.
Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Remove Excess Abdominal Fat?
Since many tummy tuck patients have excess abdominal fat, tummy tuck surgery often incorporates liposuction techniques. By including liposuction as part of the tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon can eliminate bothersome belly fat and slim down the waistline. This removal of unwanted fat, combined with trimming away loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles, gives the tummy a smoother, flatter, and firmer appearance.
Should I Get Liposuction with My Tummy Tuck?
Most people who are interested in getting a tummy tuck will have excess belly fat along with loose abdominal skin and/or separated stomach muscles. If this is the case, your surgeon will likely recommend combining these two procedures to achieve the most pleasing aesthetic results.
If both a tummy tuck and liposuction are recommended, getting a tummy tuck without liposuction (or liposuction without a tummy tuck) would only partially improve your abdominal contour, and you may be disappointed in your results. A tummy tuck without liposuction would get rid of loose skin and tighten the stomach muscles, but excess fat would still cushion the abdomen and give the appearance of a pudgy, rounded lower belly. Liposuction without a tummy tuck would trim away the fat, but rolls of loose skin and separated abdominal muscles would prevent the stomach from lying flat and could give the impression that excess fat is still there.
This is why these two procedures are so often combined. Mending the underlying stomach muscle wall, removing the excess fat that overlays it, and tightening the loose skin results in a more complete smoothing, firming, and flattening of the abdomen that can significantly improve your overall figure.
If you have minimal abdominal fat, getting liposuction with your tummy tuck may not be recommended.
Can I Get Liposuction for Another Area of My Body Along with My Tummy Tuck?
If you are thinking of combining fat removal with your tummy tuck, you do not have to limit your goals to just abdominal enhancement. Liposuction can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, and it is often incorporated into other procedures to improve several areas of the body simultaneously. Plastic surgeons can address multiple areas of the body at once to provide even better improvements to your overall body contours.
Getting a tummy tuck with liposuction could greatly enhance your body contours. For more information about these procedures, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Taleisnik. Call (657) 294-8375 or complete our online contact form to book your appointment today.