Should You Add Liposuction to Your Tummy Tuck?

Despite following a healthy diet and rigorous exercise routine, you may find that you still have a stubborn layer of fat around your middle. So, you decide to meet with Mayo Clinic-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Cambeiro to discuss your body contouring goals.

Body Contouring Goals

On its own, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles. If you have skin laxity and weak abdominal muscles from childbirth or extreme weight loss that you would like to tighten, a tummy tuck might be all you need to achieve a smooth, toned abdomen.

However, If you have stubborn fat around your abdomen that you want to shed, a tummy tuck alone will not achieve this. Liposuction can remove these pockets of subcutaneous fat that make up belly fat, even back rolls and love handles.

tummy tuck only focuses on skin and muscle issues and not fat deposits. By adding liposuction – or, even better, SmartLipo Triplex laser-based liposuction as offered by Dr. Cambeiro – you can achieve the comprehensive removal of stubborn pockets of fat. Combining the two procedures into what is known as lipoabdominoplasty might be the best choice for you if your goal is to tighten your abdominal area and also remove fat.

Combined Procedure Explained

During the lipoabdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Cambiero first deploys liposuction to eliminate excess fat. He inserts a small tube through tiny incisions in the abdomen, and removes fat cells with an aspirator. The tummy tuck follows, where Dr. Cambiero removes excess tissue and skin and tightens the abdominal muscles.

Benefits of Adding Liposuction or SmartLipo to Your Tummy Tuck

Women who have experienced one or more pregnancies would love to get their pre-baby body back. Similarly, people who have lost a significant amount of weight may want to add the finishing touches to their look. Both of these can be great candidates for this plastic surgery combination.

Other than the obvious advantage of eliminating fat and loose skin while repairing abdominal muscles during a combined procedure, there are other benefits of adding liposuction, or SmartLipo Triplex laser-based liposuction to your tummy tuck:

  • Improved contours for the waist, back, and thighs and the harvesting of fat for buttocks and breast augmentation.
  • More cost-effective to have the combination procedure, rather than split them into two separate surgeries.
  • With the two procedures completed as one inclusive surgery, there is a single recovery rather than two to go through.
  • Cambeiro might suggest SmartLipo Triplex because of its effectiveness in targeting unwanted fat in specific areas.

Take That Next Step

Still not sure if liposuction combined with a tummy tuck is right for you? Please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur M. Cambeiro at SurgiSpa Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Henderson and Las Vegas, and you can reach out to us at (702) 734-4100. You can also request a consultation online and, if you are from out of town, ask about our fly-in program!

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