Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
Liposuction and tummy tuck is called a Lipoabdominoplasty and combines liposuction with a tummy tuck. This procedure first involves widespread liposuction, where fat beneath the skin is removed using a hollow metal tube passed through the fatty tissue. The fatty tissue is then removed with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Secondly, incisions are made on the lower abdomen, skin and underlying muscle is repositioned and tightened and excess skin is removed. Liposuction and Tummy Tuck surgery is a popular option for those who lack an even body tone due to small pockets of fat caused by aging, pregnancy, heredity or other factors, as well as loose and sagging skin that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone.
There are a number of liposuction and tummy tuck techniques used to obtain optimal results. The best approach will be determined for you by your body shape, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for Liposuction with a tummy tuck?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for Lipoabdominoplasty;
- You are in good physical condition and of near average weight
- You wish to gain a more even, toned body after weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or inherited factors
- You have pockets of fat that are not in proportion with the rest of your body and cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise
- You have loose or sagging skin around your abdominal area
- Your abdominal muscles have been stretched and weakened from pregnancy and it cannot be corrected through exercise
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Medical conditions: This procedure is not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery.
Weight: It is important that you complete any weight loss prior to surgery, otherwise the problems may reappear. Afterward, it will be essential to maintain your weight, gaining weight after Lipoabdominoplasty will affect the long-term results.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes.
Surgery and Recovery
Lipoabdominoplasty is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours to one day recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and will likely wear a compression garment used to help firm and tighten the skin. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications, and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least one week. In a few instances, surgical drains may be left in place post-operatively in order to remove extra fluid from accumulating at the surgical site, and if used, will be removed after 5-7 days. Stitches are usually absorbable, but if they need to be removed, it is done so within a week to ten days. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. Swelling can occur as well, and it may take many months to completely resolve in order to appreciate the final results. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.