Should You Add Liposuction to Your Tummy Tuck?

For many people, diet and exercise alone cannot fulfill their body contouring goals. Due to unwanted excess or loose skin and muscles around the belly area, many have made the decision to get a tummy tuck. What few people know, however, are the added benefits that come with including liposuction.

Abdominoplasty and liposuction are commonly performed together and can aid one another to help yield excellent results along with a number of other health benefits. The main difference between the two procedures is that a tummy tuck addresses loose skin and muscle in the abdomen, whereas liposuction can address excess subcutaneous fat in many areas of the body.

Here are three reasons why you should consider asking your plastic surgeon if including liposuction with your tummy tuck may be right for you:

1.     Achieve A More Contoured Look

Since a tummy tuck only addresses skin and muscle issues, not fat deposits, adding liposuction to remove stubborn areas of fat that cannot be reached with diet and exercise alone will provide you with more comprehensive results. It’s important to keep in mind that prior to your tummy tuck or liposuction procedure, you should do your very best to be at your target weight or as close to it as possible, as neither procedures are meant to act as or replace weight loss methods.


2.     Target Multiple Areas

A tummy tuck can reveal a firmer, more toned abdomen by tightening muscles and removing loose skin. However, depending on your specific body goals, the addition of liposuction could address those hard to reach problem areas such as the hips, back, and thighs at the same time as the abdominoplasty.

Women who have experienced pregnancy and are looking to get their pre-baby body back, or those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are now left with excess skin or just want to add the finishing touches to their look can be great candidates for this combination of plastic surgeries.

3.     Reduced Recovery and Downtime

Another added benefit of combining these two plastic surgeries is that you won’t have to experience two separate recovery periods because the two procedures are completed as one inclusive surgery. Everyone heals at a slightly different pace, but the recovery time for combined liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can be quite similar to that of a tummy tuck on its own.

Tummy Tuck in South Central Houston

When picking a surgeon for your tummy tuck procedure, it is vital that your surgeon has the right credentials, qualifications, and years of experience. They should be board certified and in good standing with their community. At Livingston Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christopher K. Livingston attracts his patients with his years of experience and impressive credentials. He is known for his excellent operative skill with masterful techniques and his calm, non-pressuring demeanor.

If you are interested in abdominoplasty with or without liposuction in Houston with Dr. Livingston, contact Living Plastic Surgery here to book a consultation today.