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Can I get liposuction and a tummy tuck in the same surgery ?

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I have dropped a lot of weight, but my tummy is still quite large and droopy.  It is depressing me.  Is it possible to have liposuction and a tummy tuck at the same time?

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The combination of Tummy Tuck and Liposuction of the abdomen is frequently done.  However, do not expect a very aggressive liposuction.  Schedule a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and discuss with him/her the LIPO-ABDOMINOPLASTY.  See if you are a candidate for this procedure and decide if it will benefit your needs.

 

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Liposuction to non-abdominal areas and Tummy Tuck are frequently done at the same time. Liposuction is also frequently part of many Abdominoplasties.  Decide what you wish to correct and make an appointment with a Plastic Surgeon to discuss this.

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The short answer is "Yes"  and "No." 

Yes, You can get liposuction of other areas such as the love-handles, thighs, or chest at the same time as a tummy-tuck.  Plastic surgeons respect the total volume that can be removed in a typical outpatient setting (approximately 5 liters or 10 pounds of lipo fat).  It may be safer to remove less fat if multiple other procedures are being done in addition to liposuction.

No, you shouldn't get liposuction of the abdomen and a tummy-tuck at the same time.  Typically, it is recommended to avoid liposuction of the abdomen itself at the same time as an abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) because the skin has trouble healing with the "double-hit" of a tummy-tuck and lipo of the same area.  You can get liposuction of the abdomen at the same time if a mini-tummy tuck is being done, and that is a very popular combination in our practice.

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Greetings!

I frequently advise patients to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction of the flanks.  It represents the difference between your clothes fitting better vs. dropping 1-2 pant sizes.  Make no mistake, this is an aggressive procedure which can produce amazing results, but a thorough discussion of the risks and complications and alternative procedures with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon is required with procedures of this magnitude.  Not withstanding the risks, most patients are thrilled with the results of a flatter, tighter stomach and a trimmer, slimmer waist!  Best of luck!

Kirk Churukian, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
San Jose, CA

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I individualize this for each patient.  If you need a tummy tuck, then I evaluate your flanks and lower back because I would prefer to perform liposuction in these areas as well as the abdomen at the same time in order to give you the best result.  I typically do very limited liposuction of the front of the abdomen depending on the specific situation of the patient.

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