Benefits Of Combining A Liposuction With A Tummy Tuck

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Benefits of Combining a Liposuction With a Tummy Tuck


Due to their transformative nature, two of the most popular body contouring surgical procedures are Liposuction, or, “Lipoplasty” and abdominoplasty, often referred to as a “tummy tuck”. Liposuction is a procedure designed to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat which often do not respond to diet and exercise. It can be performed on a number of different areas including the hips, thighs, and arms.

Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, targets the midsection, removing excess skin and repairing separated abdominal muscles. As a result, it is frequently requested following childbirth. While effective on their own, there are many benefits to combining these two procedures.

Improved Results

Although each procedure can independently deliver dramatic results, when liposuction and a tummy tuck are combined, the results are superior. This is because each surgery accomplishes a different but complimentary goal. On its own, Liposuction effectively reduces unwanted fat and allows the surgeon to sculpt desired contours, but it cannot remove the excess or stretched skin overlying the fat.

In contrast, Abdominoplasty is designed to target surplus skin and tissue, reconstruct the belly button and tighten the underlying muscle. As a result, the two procedures will facilitate more consistent results, providing greater transformation for the midsection. Thus, many patients prefer to combine the two procedures so they can achieve their desired results with just one surgery.

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Reduced Downtime

In addition to achieving an improved outcome, combining liposuction and abdominoplasty also results in reduced downtime. While the surgery itself is longer, patients who chose to undergo both procedures at once ultimately face a shorter recovery time as they are recovering from both procedures simultaneously. For many patients, it is helpful to schedule time off from work and other activities only once.

Combining the procedures also reduces the overall risk, as only one anesthesia is required. Conversely, patients who choose to undergo two procedures will need to take a break from work and any strenuous activities on two separate occasions. In addition, patients must wait a minimum of six months between each procedure in order to allow sufficient time to heal and prevent complications.

More Cost Effective

In addition to saving patients time, scheduling liposuction and abdominoplasty together can also save patients money. This is because they are only paying the surgeon and anesthesiologist once rather than for two separate procedures. In addition, if the procedure is performed in a hospital, they are only required to pay the operating room (OR) fees once. Thus, combining the procedures can be a cost effective option.

Whether you choose to combine liposuction and abdominoplasty or undergo each procedure separately, it is important to ensure that you select a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in both procedures. To learn more about the benefits of combining liposuction with a tummy tuck, please contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Gartner, a renowned double board-certified surgeon operating in New York and New Jersey.

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