Posted on November 4, 2019

Should You Always Add Liposuction to a Tummy Tuck?

Woman in red and white plaid button down shirt researching tummy tuck with lipo options on her office computer.

If you’re thinking about getting a tummy tuck, you might be wondering whether or not you should add liposuction into the mix. This combination body contouring procedure is incredibly popular for several reasons. But should every tummy tuck include liposuction? Use this quick guide to help you decide.

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Understanding the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction will help you choose which one — or both — is right for you. A tummy tuck on its own can remove and tighten loose skin, as well as repair separated abdominal muscle tissue if needed.

Liposuction, on the other hand, addresses stubborn subcutaneous fat that doesn’t seem to respond to diet and exercise alone. The abdominal area, including your waist, hips and love handles, is one of the most common areas to treat with liposuction.

Benefits of Adding Liposuction to Your Tummy Tuck

Liposuction is often a great complement to abdominoplasty, since many people are concerned with both excess skin and stubborn fat in their abdominal area.

Combining these two procedures lets you get the best of both worlds in a single procedure. After your tummy tuck with liposuction, your recovery should be quite similar to what you would experience after a single procedure.

The no-drain tummy tuck technique typically includes liposuction and eliminates the need for post-surgical drains.

So when might you not want a tummy tuck with lipo? If you have only a small amount of loose skin and no pesky belly fat that you’d like to address, a full or mini tummy tuck on its own might do the trick. If you’re still not sure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mariotti to discuss your unique needs and goals.


Should You Always Add Liposuction to a Tummy Tuck?
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Should You Always Add Liposuction to a Tummy Tuck?
Should I get a tummy tuck with lipo? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti of Concord, CA explains the benefits of combining these procedures.
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Dr. Eric Mariotti
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