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Is Liposuction Enough after Weight Loss?

Posted on May 28, 2015

Updated for 2019.

Happy and beautiful middle aged woman sitting on metallic stairs relaxing before running outdoors holding a water bottleWhether you accomplish your weight loss goals through a healthy diet and regular exercise or with the help of bariatric surgery, your weight loss success is something to be proud of.

Yet, many men and women who have successfully achieved their goal weight feel that their body shape doesn’t reflect their hard-earned accomplishments.

Sometimes, a little post-surgical body contouring can be all you need to achieve a fitter figure.

 How Liposuction Helps

Liposuction is a fat-reducing procedure designed to help men and women who have stubborn pockets of fat, but have otherwise reached their ideal weight. Liposuction is helpful for reducing these deposits of subcutaneous fat for a slimmer figure.

While liposuction can be an excellent option for individuals with limited amounts of excess fatty tissue, liposuction does not address skin laxity, a common issue in post-weight loss patients.

Additionally, liposuction won’t help tone the abdominal muscles, which may have grown separated during periods of carrying excess body weight.

When a Tummy Tuck Is Right

Your specific needs will determine the surgical techniques used to achieve a tighter, more contoured figure.

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure specifically designed to address the common concerns of post-weight loss patients. A tummy tuck tightens loose abdominal skin and removes any excess, as well as tightens the abdominal muscles and removes limited amounts of fatty tissue.

There are three main options for a tummy tuck — a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck.

Mini tummy tucks are best for individuals needing minor skin and muscle repair, while an extended tummy tuck is best suited for individuals with significant skin sagging.

The Best of Both Worlds

Not all patients feel that only one procedure can help them accomplish their appearance goals. That’s why Dr. Martin offers the no-drain tummy tuck combined with liposuction for superior body contouring results.

If you would like to address issues of skin laxity and abdominal separation while also treating lingering fat, the no-drain tummy tuck may be the best option for you.

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