4 Reasons to Combine a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Tummy tuck and liposuction are two very popular cosmetic surgical procedures that are often done in one session providing double benefit to the patient. Today, we are going to talk about why combining these two procedures is worth doing.

Reason #1. A Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Together Provide Better Results

Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that deals with loose skin and stretched muscles in the abdominal area that is usually performed after childbirth, significant weight loss, or simply with aging. Technically, during the procedure, a surgeon cuts off excess skin, tightens muscles, and can remove hernia, if any. In other words, a tummy tuck in its initial configuration does not address excess fat.

Liposuction helps get rid of stubborn fat deposits in various areas of the body, including in the abdominal area. Therefore, it’s important to know each procedure’s purposes and synchronize them with your personal goals. To understand what procedure is right for you, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and get a comprehensive evaluation of your individual case.

When combined together, liposuction and abdominoplasty (also known as lipoabdominoplasty) provide complete re-contouring of the abdominal area targeting many issues at once: excess fat, skin, and muscles.

Reason #2. Recovery Time Does Not Increase

While abdominoplasty is considered a major surgery and requires up to 6 months for the full recovery, liposuction is not as invasive, and its recovery time is much shorter  (3-4 weeks). If a patient opts for a tummy tuck and lipo within one session, the expected recovery time is the same as for the tummy tuck alone.

Reason#3. Reduced Cost

Obviously, combining the two procedures reduces the total cost as some of the fees get charged only once. Typically, the cost of any surgical procedure includes the following fees:

    • anesthesia fee;
    • medication fee;
    • surgeon’s fee;
    • facility fee.

Depending on the type of the procedure, other fees may apply. However, going through both procedures at the same time would save a lot of money on anesthesia, surgeon’s, and facilities fees, and the total price will be at least 10-20% less. This is a very important factor for the majority of patients. To learn more about the financial savings on combined procedures, schedule a consultation at Surgicare .

Did you know? At Surgicare Arts & Aesthetics, we offer flexible financing options to all patients. Learn more.

Reason#4. Combination Techniques Minimize Risks

According to several studies, the combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty reduces the risks of complications commonly associated with tummy tucks. These include postoperative seroma, hematoma, and wound infection. Surgeons that practice lipoabdominoplasty (the combinations of tummy tuck and liposuction) observe a lower or zero complication rate ( see study case). Additionally, the revision rate goes down when a tummy tuck and liposuction are combined, according to another research.

In conclusion, a tummy tuck and liposuction are two different cosmetic surgeries that, when combined, provide highly satisfactory results and comprehensively improve the abdominal contour. Shorter recovery and reduced costs add to the benefits of lipoabdominoplasty.

Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer a tummy tuck and liposuction to patients in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and other surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.


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