When planning the details of your tummy tuck, you might be wondering if combining abdominoplasty with liposuction could be right for you. While this is one of the most common combination procedures, not all tummy tucks necessarily have to come with liposuction.
However, there are a number of benefits to this body contouring combination that you can discuss with your plastic surgeon to help you decide if your tummy tuck could be better with lipo.
1. Address Two Separate Concerns at the Same Time
On its own, a tummy tuck removes excess or loose skin in the abdominal area. Weight loss, pregnancy, aging and other factors can all contribute to excess skin in this area, making abdominoplasty a popular choice for men and women of varying ages.
Liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise alone. Many people who are considering a tummy tuck also have small areas of exercise-resistant fat that bother them.
By combining a tummy tuck with liposuction, you are able to address both of these cosmetic concerns at the same time.
2. You’ll Have Only One Recovery Period
Adding liposuction to a tummy tuck does not significantly affect the length of recovery afterward.
After a combination procedure such as a tummy tuck with liposuction, you will only need to plan for one recovery period. Most people are able to go back to work and other daily duties around two weeks after a tummy tuck with lipo.
If you were to split these procedures out into two separate surgeries, you’d have two recovery periods — one after each procedure.
3. Avoid a Second Surgery Down the Road
If you get a tummy tuck now and decide you want liposuction later, that is absolutely doable. However, there are some drawbacks to holding off on liposuction if you know you may want it now.
First, the overall cost will be less expensive if you were to combine your abdominoplasty and liposuction. You will pay only one anesthesia fee, operating room cost and other similar expenses, versus paying twice with two separate procedures.
Additionally, consider the extra time off work for two recoveries, the cost of childcare and other secondary expenses that you might incur with two procedures rather than one.
If the upfront cost of a combined procedure is a concern for you, discuss financing and payment options at your plastic surgery consultation.
4. Enhance Your Body Contouring Results
Finally, consider your wish list and goals for your current procedure. Ask yourself if you will be happy with the results of a tummy tuck alone, or if you would rather address stubborn fat at the same time.
Ultimately, you will likely see more comprehensive results with a combined body contouring procedure. But this is a decision that is entirely up to you and can depend on your specific needs and goals.
If you’re still on the fence about your decision, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you weigh your options and decide if a tummy tuck and lipo combination is best for you.
Dr. Eric Mariotti, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is known throughout the East Bay for his genuine compassion and the remarkable results he creates. Women and men come to his plastic surgery practice in Concord because he is highly trained and experienced, and has a caring personality. His patients think of him as a down-to-earth guy who happens to be a talented plastic surgeon.