Should You Add Lipo to Your Tummy Tuck?

Posted on February 5, 2016

155233591For those seeking a leaner abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the answer. A tummy tuck—one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures—can improve the appearance of sagging skin, tighten weak abdominal muscles and remove fat from around the abdomen. The result should be a flatter, more contoured abdomen. Yet, liposuction is well-known as a popular body contouring procedure as well. Should you combine the two for even better results?

The Impact of Including Lipo

Although a tummy tuck can produce great results on its own, it might be smart to include liposuction with your procedure to ensure the best outcome, depending on your goals. A tummy tuck can be great for correcting foundational concerns, like repairing separated abdominal muscles, while liposuction offers extra precision and finesse for fine-tuning your final silhouette.

When combined with a tummy tuck, lipo can be used to address fatty deposits not only the abdomen, but also in the surrounding transition areas. Love handles and saddle bags can be slimmed down or elminated to better accentuate the results of your tummy tuck. Lipo can also be used to remove excess fat from other parts of the body, such as the upper arms, back, inner knee, calves, ankles and thighs.

However, unlike a tummy tuck, lipo can’t help resolve loose skin and won’t tighten lax muscles. For this reason, the two procedures can be very complementary when performed together. Combining lipo with your tummy tuck also means using a different surgical technique that can negate the need for post-op drains, ensuring a more comfortable recovery along with superior body contouring.