With over 130,000 tummy tucks performed each year, the surgery ranks amongst the five most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
By removing excess skin from the abdominal region, the tummy tuck improves the belly’s aesthetic appearance and increases support and tension to the lower back, spine, and abdominal muscles.
Many patients at Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery frequently inquire about the potential of further improving the results of their tummy tuck procedure with other cosmetic procedures. Depending on the case, Dr. Waltzman may recommend combining a tummy tuck with liposuction.
Here, we look at the scenarios when liposuction is an ideal complementary procedure for tummy tucks, and when it might be best to just stick with the tummy tuck.
Aesthetic Tummy Tuck
The majority of tummy tucks are performed for aesthetic reasons.
Loose, flabby skin post-weight loss or pregnancy is easily fixed with a tummy tuck, and adding liposuction into the mix drastically improves the results. In fact, the combining of both complementary procedures results in the patient looking better in a shorter amount of time, as the downtime spent recovering from the tummy tuck covers the liposuction simultaneously!
Medical Tummy Tuck
Around 40% of tummy tucks are performed for medical reasons.
When the abdomen and abdominal wall’s skin are loose, they fail to provide the required structural support to the organs and spine. This creates poor posture, lower back pain, and even hernias and involuntary incontinence.
In such cases, a tummy tuck tightens and reinforces the body’s core, which stabilizes the area and addresses these health concerns.
When undergoing a tummy tuck for medical reasons, combining an additional procedure such as liposuction might be considered unnecessary. After the tummy tuck, the patient will require all their energy to fully and rapidly recover from the procedure, and removing additional fat tissue may slow the healing process.
For these patients, having liposuction or a less invasive solution such as CoolSculpting at a later time may be the better option.
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Whatever your reasons are for seeking tummy tuck surgery, we are here to help. We invite you to reach out to Dr. Waltzman to get the best guidance possible by calling 562 448 6100 or filling out his online form today!