You may be wondering if combining tummy tuck with liposuction might be right for you while preparing the specifics of your tummy tuck. Although this is one of the most common combination treatments, not all tummy tucks have to come with liposuction. However, there are a range of advantages to this body contouring combination that you can explore with your plastic surgeon to help you determine if your tummy tuck is best suited to liposuction.
- At the same time, answer two different issues
A tummy tuck removes fat or loose skin in the abdominal region on its own. Weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and other factors can all lead to excess skin in this region, making abdominoplasty a common option for men and women of varying ages. Liposuction eliminates persistent fat deposits that do not react to diet and exercise on their own. Many people who suggest a tummy tuck often have small patches of exercise-resistant fat that annoy them. By combining a tummy tuck with liposuction, you can address both of these cosmetic concerns at the same time.
- You will have only once recovery period
After a combination treatment such as a liposuction and tummy tuck, you would just need to prepare for one recovery time. Most people can go back to work and other everyday activities around two weeks after a tummy tuck with liposuction. If you were to divide these operations into two different surgeries, you would have two recovery periods—one after each operation.
- Avoid a second surgery
If you have a tummy tuck right now and decide that you want liposuction later, that’s doable. However, there are certain disadvantages to liposuction if you know you would want it right now. Next, the average cost would be lower if you combine abdominoplasty and liposuction. You can pay only one anesthesia charge, operating room cost, and other related costs, compared to paying twice for two different procedures. Also, remember the additional time off work for two recoveries, the cost of childcare, and other secondary costs that you may incur in two procedures rather than one. If you are worried about the upfront expense of a combination operation, explore the funding and payment plans at your plastic surgery appointment.
- Improve your body contouring results
Finally, consider your wish list and priorities for your current procedure. Ask yourself if you’re going to be happy with the outcome of a tummy tuck on your own, or if you’d rather fix stubborn fat at the same time. In the end, you are likely to see more detailed outcomes with a combined body contouring technique. But this is a decision that is completely up to you and will depend on your particular needs and objectives. If you’re still on the fence about your choice, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you assess your choices and determine if a tummy tuck and liposuction combination is right for you.
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