Things have changed over the past couple of decades. Initially, plastic surgeons were apprehensive about doing liposuction with a tummy tuck because they would be damaging an already undermined abdominal flap. The combination of liposuction with the tummy tuck has now become a very common practice, however. It is safe to combine the two techniques, primarily concentrating on the hip and flank areas. This is a very effective way to accentuate the curve of the waist along with the abdominoplasty.
It is important to understand that there is usually a limit to how much fat can be removed in a combined process like this. The problem is that whenever a tummy tuck is performed, the abdominal skin and fat are detached from the abdominal fascia and all the blood vessels that supply the abdominal wall are closed, which leads to a diminished blood supply. With a standard tummy tuck, cutting these vessels rarely causes a wound healing problem. If we suction the fat layeralong with dissection of the abdominal fat and skin from the abdominal wall, blood supply to the flap is compromised more, and it used to be believed that this would result in skin loss.
However, new studies have confirmed that if liposuction is performed with a tummy tuck the complication rate is very similar to the tummy tuck alone. I perform liposuction routinely on the abdomen with a tummy tuck. Providing liposuction houston to the abdominal flap reduces the thickness of the abdominal fat layer, which combined with a tummy tuck really contours the profile of the patient, providing a better waist-to-hip ratio.
All surgeries come with possible side effects, and this surgery is no exception, but complications are fairly uncommon. Some patients may develop seroma, bleeding, infection, stretch scar or suture line dehiscence. Wound infection is another rare complication. These problems can usually be resolved with conservative treatment. Abdominoplasty with liposuction is a safe way to a flat abdomen. It gives more impressive cosmetic results, and offers a natural look without disfiguring operational scars. Thus, tummy tuck/liposuction has now gained popularity and is the preferred technique for refining the shape of the abdomen.
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