Can Tummy Tuck be Done with Other Procedures?

This is one of the most common questions that doctors hear from patients. The simple answer to this question is a big β€œyes”. A tummy tuck surgery can be performed with other procedures such as the liposuction of waist and abdomen. The combination of these procedures is powerful and provides not only tightening of your waist but thinning as well. Here are some other facts you need to consider when going for a tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy Tuck be Done with Other ProceduresHow much fat will be removed?

There is no specific answer to this question, but a generic answer is 5 liters of fat. This is the case because the amount of fat removed from a patient may vary depending on his or her health condition. The generic amount can be increased if the patients are kept in the hospital for fluid monitoring. The most important reason why there is no set value is because the weight, height and health status vary from person to person. Therefore, the amount of skin tightening and fat removal will be carefully considered after looking at the safety aspect.

Who is not a candidate for combining two procedures?

Most people have excess fat and loose skin, and these are candidates for tummy tuck and a lipo together. However, there are some candidates who are prone to risks if both these procedures are combined for them. Some of the patients that are not good candidates for these procedures are the ones who smoke, the ones with badly controlled diabetes, prior abdominal surgeries, and those with bleeding tendencies. In simple words, the ones that are not ideal for a tummy tuck surgery are people with reduced blood flow to the abdomen.

Will the combination help in weight loss?

Neither of these procedures will help you with weight loss. You still need to work hard for weight loss, and there is no shortcut for the same. If you are going for a combination surgery, it is important for you to lose whatever weight is possible before the procedure. It is important because any weight loss or gain after an abdominoplasty surgery could be harmful for the results. The main problem a tummy tuck solves is losing skin, and weight loss or gain could affect these endeavors negatively. On the other hand, gaining weight or fat in other parts such as the back, stomach or hips could again send your body shape for a toss.

How should I prepare for a surgery?

If you are planning to go for a tummy tuck surgery or combine it with liposuction, then there are certain important steps that you will need to take. Here are some of the things to consider:

  • These surgeries are expensive, and insurance companies do not cover these expenses. So, you need to prepare a proper financial plan so that this does not become a burden for you.
  • Plan out your day offs as well because once the surgery is completed, it will take a while for you to get back to your schedule. It will take almost 3 to 4 weeks to notice the actual changes in the body.
  • Prepare your mind that the surgery will not help you with your weight loss goals; you will still need to continue eating healthy and exercising regularly.
  • Find out the right clinic for your tummy tuck surgery so that the end results will be as expected. Not all surgeons are experienced in this field, and so it is important to research well and only get the tummy tuck procedure done by an experienced surgeon.

These steps will help you get the tummy tuck surgery cost down and get the best results for enhancing your body shape.

Care post-surgery

Whether you go for just a tummy tuck procedure or combine it with a liposuction, the care post-surgery should be taken into consideration. At times, the surgeon may recommend restricting certain physical activities for a period of time or may recommend some medications for healing of the incision. Well, the only way to ensure that you get good results is by following up with the recommendation. Do not try to do activities that are restricted and follow through with all the prescription given by your surgeon.

As you consider going for a fit and shaped stomach, you can also consider getting your excessive fat removed from the body. However, you need to be an ideal candidate for a surgery like this. It will be helpful to take recommendation from a surgeon on what procedure will be best for your condition. After a physical examination, the surgeon will recommend a procedure or combination of both so that you can get the best results.

Author: Dr. Deepu Chundru
Dr. Deepu Chundru is a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who believes in the power of plastic surgery to not just look better, but to feel better. Armed with an MS in General Surgery and an MCh in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Deepu went a step further and honed his skills with Fellowships in Aesthetic Surgery from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and New York, USA. He makes sure to understand his patients intimately to truly know what they want, and has been known to keep an eye even on the minutest of details, which brings out exceptional results.

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