Although the abdominal area is a common place for people to store excess weight when they put on a few pounds, belly fat isn’t always linked to being overweight. You can be very slim but still have some resistant flab around this area—flab that refuses to budge despite dieting and exercise. Some people simply have a body type that makes them prone to being heavier in this area. Others experience fullness in this area because their muscles and skin have been stretched due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. If you’re planning on a tummy tuck in Palm Desert to tighten and flatten your abdominal area, adding liposuction to the treatment can give you enhanced results.

Although both tummy tuck surgery and liposuction are highly effective on their own as standalone procedures for reshaping the abdominal area, the Cosmetic Surgery Institute team believes that having them done at the same time can produce optimal results for certain patients. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably by patients who don’t know the difference, tummy tucks and liposuction accomplish very different things. In this post, we explore some of the advantages of combining the two.

1. Removing Fat While Tightening Skin and Muscle

Liposuction allows you to have some of your subcutaneous fat suctioned away from specific areas. A tummy tuck can also involve some fat removal, but the procedure focuses on removing excess skin, tightening the remaining skin, and repairing muscles to improve your mid-body contours. By having these procedures done together, you’ll be able to remove a larger amount of diet-resistant fat while addressing skin and muscle laxity at the same time.

2. Addressing Transition Areas

As opposed to a tummy tuck, which is solely focused on the abdomen, liposuction can be used to reduce fat in other areas surrounding or near the stomach, including the hips, thighs, flanks, and back. This improves your overall contours and emphasizes the results of the tuck.

3. Less Recovery Time and Discomfort

By having both surgeries done at the same time, you’ll only have to schedule a single appointment for the procedures. That also means you will go through just one recovery period instead of two. Studies have shown that this strategy has a low complication rate, which is very appealing for patients.

For more information on what’s involved in liposuction and a tummy tuck from Palm Desert’s Cosmetic Surgery Institute, as well as other body contouring procedures, get in touch with our team today. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or send us your info via contact form to request an appointment.