Liposuction & Tummy Tuck Surgery
Why Have A Tummy Tuck & Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat, especially around the abdominal area, whereas a tummy tuck mainly removes excess skin. Many patients choose to undergo both procedures at the same time for a number of reasons, including improving the look of their stomach following liposuction or following a large amount of weight loss.
If you are removing a large amount of fat during your liposuction then combining it with a tummy tuck can leave you with a flatter stomach and less excess skin following your procedure. Alternatively, if you have lost a lot of excess weight that has left you with an excess of skin in your stomach, combining a tummy tuck to remove the skin with liposuction will help to remove the remaining fat which can often be very stubborn and resistant to weight loss.
Can I Get Liposuction And A Tummy Tuck In The Same Surgery?
Liposuction and tummy tucks are often combined to produce dramatic results. Your surgeon will begin by removing the excess fat from your abdomen before making an incision to remove your excess skin and stitching/stapling the remaining skin back into place.
Combining the procedures does come with additional risks; it is important that the surgeon is careful not to damage the blood supply to your stomach skin during the liposuction procedure, as this may hamper or even prevent healing once the skin is relocated.
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Who Is This Procedure Suitable For?
Combining liposuction and a tummy tuck is common when you have a large amount of abdominal fat to be removed. If the amount of excess fat is very large, then liposuction alone is not normally recommended, as the patient would be left with a large amount of loose skin. However by combining the procedure with a tummy tuck, the excess skin is removed and the patient is left with a dramatic weight loss around the abdomen.
How Much Will A Tummy Tuck And Liposuction Cost?
Liposuction procedures cost on average from £2,700-7,000 and tummy tucks around £7,000. Combined procedures can therefore cost upwards of £10,000. However the cost for your procedure will depend on your individual circumstances, the extent of the procedure needed and the clinic you choose.
Most clinics offer a range of finance packages to help spread the cost of your surgery, either through monthly payment plans or through "buy now pay later" packages. However you finance your procedure, you should always be sure to fully research the reputation of the clinic and the cost of the procedure before going ahead with your liposuction and tummy tuck procedure.
If you have had an abdominoplasty and liposuction at the same time, it’s important to note that the recovery process is different for each procedure.
The recovery time associated with a tummy tuck is generally longer. It is normal to feel slight pain and discomfort for weeks after the procedure, and to have difficulty standing up straight as the stomach muscles repair. Patients can expect to resume normal activities one to two months after the surgery, as during this time, your body will be focusing your energy on healing. Scheduling time to heal and take things easy, even if you feel able to resume your day-to-day schedule sooner, is vital to your recovery.
Liposuction is not as an extensive procedure, and so the recovery process is comprised of less. If you have had invasive tumescent liposuction, you may expect to recover over a couple of days. If you have had extensive liposuction, such as full body lipo, your recovery could take longer. Less invasive forms of lipo, such as laser lipo, require even less time to recover, with many patients being able to return to work the same day or the day after undergoing the procedure. Recovery from any surgical procedure varies between individuals, but speaking with your surgeon will help you determine what you should expect.