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Lipo and Tummy Tuck at the Same Time: Can Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck Be Performed at the Same Time?

Are your abs ready for summer? For many of us, even endless crunches won’t be enough to restore a tight, flat abdominal area. If you have loose, stretched out skin, separated abdominal muscles, or excess fat, you may need a tummy tuck. Stomach liposuction is the perfect complement to a tummy tuck for getting your body ready for a day at the beach. Can lipo and tummy tuck at the same time be the ideal procedure for you?

Lipo and Tummy Tuck at the Same Time? Can it Be Done?

The question is, what’s the best way to achieve your aesthetic goals: By getting liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a combination of the two? The best way to find out for sure is to join us at H/K/B, where you can meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, discuss your specific objectives, and get a more personalized recommendation.

In the meantime, consider the perks of each procedure, and also learn more about why you might want to have them both done at the same time.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

Let’s start with some brief surgical overviews of lipo vs tummy tuck.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the country. Essentially, it’s a way to eliminate those stubborn areas of fat and flab that don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise.

Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body. The most common are the hips, thighs, belly, buttocks, back, and arms. However, it’s worth noting that you can also get lipo to remove your double chin, or to complement a facelift or breast augmentation. For our purposes today, we’re focusing mostly on liposuction of the abdomen.

There are a number of different types of liposuction surgery, and when you join us for a consultation, we’ll be happy to go over the different options. For now, just know that liposuction involves surgical incisions being made to the target area, and then excess/unwanted fat cells literally being vacuumed out of the body. By permanently eliminating these fat cells, liposuction can offer truly long-lasting results, allowing you to enjoy the contoured appearance you’ve always wanted.

H/K/B is pleased to provide liposuction Charlotte NC.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Your other option for getting swimsuit-ready is to get a tummy tuck. Also known as an abdominoplasty, this is another very common form of plastic surgery, wherein your surgeon will remove excess fat, tissue, and fluids from your belly, and also repair weakened abdominal muscles.

As a result, a tummy tuck won’t just help you eliminate stubborn flab. It will also ensure that you have a smooth, taut, firm tummy.

As with liposuction, there are different types of tummy tucks to choose from. For example, patients can decide between a full tummy tuck, a circumferential tummy tuck, or even a “mini” tummy tuck.  Our surgeons will help guide you with this decision, which really just comes down to your personal body concerns and contouring goals.

At H/K/B, we are pleased to provide tummy tuck in Charlotte, NC. Contact us whenever you’re ready to learn more.

Do I Need Liposuction, a Tummy Tuck, or Both?

So, both liposuction and tummy tucks can help you achieve a more contoured, more aesthetically pleasing abdomen, and to lose some of that stubborn flab that just won’t respond to diet and exercise. And while some patients choose to get one procedure over the other, it’s important to note that getting lipo and a tummy tuck simultaneously is very common. Here’s a quick guide to each option:

  • Liposuction Alone- Opt for only liposuction if you have a little excess abdominal fat, but no loose skin and no abdominal muscle separation. Liposuction on its own can remove unwanted fat and shape the abdomen.
  • Tummy Tuck Alone- A tummy tuck on its own may be right for you if you have loose skin or muscle separation without excess fat. A tummy tuck can restore a flat appearance to the abdomen by tightening abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. 
  • Liposuction + Tummy Tuck- Choose both liposuction and a tummy tuck if you want to remove skin and fat. This combination procedure shapes and sculpts the entire middle, restoring a tight, flat appearance. A tummy tuck with liposuction is ideal after pregnancy or weight loss.

As you can see, there’s no “right answer.” It all comes down to your body and your aesthetic goals.

Liposuction + Tummy Tuck- Why Should I Combine These Two Treatments?

If you’re thinking about a tummy tuck, liposuction makes an excellent complement. These two procedures work together, removing unwanted fat, tightening up abdominal muscles, and reshaping the entire area. By adding liposuction to your tummy tuck you can get a tight, flat tummy while eliminating love handles and reshaping the waist. A tummy tuck alone can reshape the abdomen, but when you add liposuction we can shape and contour your whole middle, front to back and side to side.

Can I Get Both Lipo and Tummy Tuck at the Same Time?   

Who has time for downtime? By combining your tummy tuck with liposuction, you can minimize downtime and maximize results. We can often pair these treatments together, with a single trip to the operating room, to save time and money while ensuring your best results. Finally, by having both procedures done at the same time, you can mitigate your risk of anesthesia complications by “going under” once instead of twice. 

Not everyone needs both procedures, but if you do, it makes a lot of sense to have both of them performed on the same day.

Explore Your Options at H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery for Lipo and Tummy Tuck at the Same Time

Summer is on its way, but you still have time to get bikini ready. Call our offices today and schedule your consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons. A tummy tuck in Charlotte NC / liposuction combination may be just what you need to get swimsuit ready. Our cosmetic surgeons would love to walk you through the options, and to answer any of your questions. Give us a call whenever you’re ready to learn more about liposuction and tummy tucks!