If your midsection is a “problem zone” for you, you probably already know how difficult it is to maintain a lean look. You may do everything right—including eating well and exercising—but a flat abdomen seems to stay out of your reach. The Cosmetic Surgery Institute team explains that while lifestyle-based efforts can give you a healthier body overall, and are ideal for reducing fat, diets can’t be used to target specific areas. Sit-ups can build muscle, but the results may remain hidden under a thick layer—or the muscles may be separated from being stretched out.

To address a range of cosmetic belly problems, there’s no substitute for an abdominoplasty, available at our Palm Springs-area practice. For the procedure better known as a tummy tuck, we make strategic incisions that allow us to tighten muscles, fascia, and skin, as well as to excise any redundant skin. A traditional, full tummy tuck is limited to the area that extends below the chest to the pelvis.

But what about stubborn, resistant rolls that often surround the belly area? For additional fine-tuning, there’s always liposuction. Our approach involves using surgical fat removal to optimize results, in addition to standard surgical techniques.

Performing two procedures (a tummy tuck and liposuction) at the same time proves to be more efficient, effective, and less expensive than performing them separately—not to mention patients won’t have to go through two surgeries and recovery periods. Also with this approach, the risk of complications associated with standalone tummy tucks, such as seromas, is reduced, and combining procedures has been shown to improve patient satisfaction. This combination is sometimes referred to as “lipoabdominoplasty” or “liposuction-assisted abdominoplasty.”

Liposuction is a commonly performed body contouring procedure that allows patients to remove resistant, subcutaneous fat deposits from most areas of the body, using a hollow cannula to break up and extract fat cells. In addition to the belly it also allows for shaping features that border the belly area, like the hips, flanks, waist, and back, for more definitive contouring. Slimming down these other areas also accentuates a flatter abdomen. This improves your overall body contours for a more streamlined and balanced appearance.

Patients from Palm Springs and surrounding areas can plan an abdominoplasty with liposuction at Cosmetic Surgery Institute. Call (760) 837-0364 or send a message online to get more information or arrange a consultation.