Is It Safe To Combine Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery? (Updated 2024)

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Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries, 2 of the most transformative body contouring procedures available, often spark curiosity and misconceptions. Inspired by a real question from a user on RealSelf, this blog post aims to clarify these procedures, dispelling myths and explaining how these procedures can be integrated safely and effectively for optimal results.

A RealSelf reader, Jthomas86, inquired about combining liposuction with a tummy tuck. She expressed concerns shared by her surgeon regarding the safety of this combination, specifically the increased risks of blood clots and necrosis. This is a common concern, and while there are risks, the combination of these procedures, when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, can be safe and highly effective.

In my practice, I regularly combine liposuction along the waistline with tummy tucks to enhance the overall contour and achieve superior results. Understanding the function and benefits of each procedure can help you make an informed decision about what might best meet your needs and aesthetic goals.

Understanding Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and tummy tuck each serve distinct purposes. While they can be performed independently, combining them often yields optimal results.

  • What is Liposuction? This procedure removes excess fat from specific areas of the body, contouring and reshaping areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and arms. It involves the insertion of a thin tube, or cannula, through small incisions to suction out fat. It’s ideal for patients who have stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.
  • What is a Tummy Tuck? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, creates a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the restoration of weakened or separated muscles. This procedure is especially beneficial if you’ve experienced childbearing or significant weight loss and struggle with stretched skin, loose muscles, or separated muscles (diastasis recti).

It’s important to undertand that neither surgery is a weight loss procedure. Ideal candidates will at or near their goal weigh for optimal results.

Learn more about liposuction and tummy tuck and which may be right for you in this related blog post.

Liposuction Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Liposuction Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Liposuction Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Liposuction Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Tummy Tuck Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Tummy Tuck Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Tummy Tuck Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Tummy Tuck Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York
Tummy Tuck Before & After with Dr. Sterry in Manhattan, New York

How Does Liposuction Complement a Tummy Tuck?

When performed together, liposuction and tummy tuck dramatically reshape the midsection, particularly in cases where patients want to address both excess fat and skin. Here’s how they complement each other:

  • Synergistic Effects: While a tummy tuck tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, liposuction contours the surrounding areas by removing fat, creating a more defined waistline and smoother transition to the hips and thighs.
  • Customized Results: This combination allows for a tailored approach to meet the unique body shaping goals of each patient, providing a more comprehensive transformation than either procedure alone could offer.

When performed on their own, both liposuction and a tummy tuck achieve aesthetically pleasing results . They’re different procedures working toward the same goal. I tell my patients to think of it like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich: peanut butter is good on its own; so is jelly. But when you put them together, the results are far better than either one by itself. And so it is with abdominoplasty and liposuction.

You can learn more about the benefits of pairing these procedures in this related blog post. The video below provides in-depth information about liposuction and tummy tuck.

Safety and Efficacy in Combination Procedures

Ensuring the safety and efficacy of combined procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks requires a nuanced understanding of both techniques and how they work together:

  • Addressing Safety Concerns: The combination of tummy tuck and liposuction does carry risks, but with proper surgical techniques and careful patient selection, these risks are minimized.
  • Importance of Expertise: The key to a successful outcome is selecting a surgeon who is board certified with extensive experience performing combined body contouring procedures.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Below are criteria to consider when evaluating potential surgeons to make sure they meet the highest standards of expertise and professionalism.

  • Board Certification: Verify that your surgeon is certified by an accredited institution such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification ensures that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and adheres to high standards of practice and ethics in plastic surgery.
  • Experience and Specialization: Look for a surgeon who specializes in body contouring and has a proven track record of successful liposuction and tummy tuck procedures.
  • Patient Reviews and Before-and-After Gallery: Review testimonials and before-and-after photos to gauge the surgeon’s skill level and the results they achieve.

Mommy Makeover: A Special Case of Combined Procedures

Mommy makeover surgery is an example of the successful combination of liposuction and tummy tucks. often performed with additional procedures. Designed to address the physical changes associated with childbirth and breastfeeding, this procedure typically includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift or breast augmentation to restore the shape and lift of breasts that may have sagged or lost volume.

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Are you interested in learning what liposuction and abdominoplasty can do for you? Discover the possibilities by contacting our office today. I invite you to call our office today at (212) 249-4020 or request a consultation to explore how we can tailor these procedures to meet your aesthetic goals,

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