In certain patients it may be advantageous to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction in order to remove excess fat and skin from the stomach and hips to obtain the most aesthetically pleasing shape for their torso. This can be accomplished through lipoabdominoplasty, a more complete contouring procedure for the torso that uses liposuction on the abdominal wall so that a larger portion of fat can be removed. This procedure allows the plastic surgeon to create a more sculpted waistline in addition to flattening the anterior abdomen. In a lipoabdominoplasty procedure, the liposuction of the abdomen and flank area may be extensive and the abdominoplasty portion of the surgery has a more limited dissection when compared to abdominoplasty performed in isolation (without liposuction), resulting in a smaller scar on the abdomen.
Are You a Good Candidate for Lipoabdominoplasty?
You may be considered a good candidate for lipoabdominoplasty if you:
- Are in good overall health
- Have excess fat on your abdomen that is unresponsive to diet and exercise
- Have loose skin on your abdomen due to past pregnancy, weight fluctuations or other factors
- Have weak and/or stretched abdominal muscles due to past pregnancy
- Are at or close to a healthy weight for your build
- Are not planning to get pregnant again
The Lipoabdominoplasty Procedure
Lipoabdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure with a total surgery time longer than that of a tummy tuck since frequently the patient is turned on the operating table to provide access to the posterior flanks. This procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
During a lipoabdominoplasty procedure, fluids are injected into the areas that will undergo the liposuction and then small incisions are made through which an ultrasound probe is inserted, liquefying the fat cells in that area. A cannula, or small hollow tube, is then inserted to suction out fat from the upper abdomen, flanks and hips.
Next, the abdominoplasty portion of the procedure is done by the surgeon making an incision placed low on the abdomen so that excess skin and tissue can be removed from the lower abdomen. Incisions will be closed with sutures.
Recovering from Lipoabdominoplasty
During the surgery, drainage tubes will be placed in the abdomen to remove a buildup of excess fluid; these tubes will only need to be in place for the first seven to 10 days, after which the doctor will remove them. You will be placed in a compression garment after surgery to help firm and tighten the torso, and will need to wear it for at least six weeks. There will be some bruising and swelling in the area, which typically lasts no more than a month after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first week. You can return to work after one week as well, though for more physically demanding jobs, this time will be longer.
Schedule Your Lipoabdominoplasty Consultation
To learn more about the lipoabdominoplasty procedure, schedule a complimentary consultation with an Allure Plastic Surgery surgeon. During your consultation you will be shown videos explaining these procedures and your Allure plastic surgeon will perform exams to determine if you are a suitable candidate to undergo this surgery. Contact us by calling (305) 224-8015 to schedule your appointment.