Combined Abdominoplasty with Abdominal Liposuction

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The Procedure

It is possible in selected cases to perform liposuction at the same time as an abdominoplasty.

It is generally recommended that patients obtain their goal weight prior to surgery and the surgery is general performed after patients have lost weight and their weight is stable. However, there are situations were patients may still have some areas of excess adipose tissue that have not responded to weight loss. These areas can be dealt with either a staged procedure having liposuction prior to an abdominoplasty, or alternatively, can have the two surgeries performed at the same time.

The central upper abdomen is where the blood supply to the flap raised for an abdominoplasty obtains its blood supply. For this reason it is generally not safe to perform liposuction to the upper part of the abdomen.  Other areas on the abdomen and torso are safe areas to perform liposuction simultaneously with an abdominoplasty.

The area that responds best is generally the outer part of the upper abdomen (flanks) extending onto the lower back.

Dr. Belt will be happy to advise if you are a suitable case to have the combined procedure.

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