Liposuction tummy tuck, or lipoabdominoplasty, is the name given to a relatively new surgical procedure used to contour the circumferential abdomen and back. This method combines finesse liposuction and standard tummy tuck techniques in the attempt to decrease complications and reduce the use of postoperative drains while obtaining a dramatic, sculpted result of the entire trunk. Dr. Jaime Perez, a plastic surgeon specializing in liposuction tummy tuck techniques in the Tampa Bay area, is proud to offer this procedure to his patients throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and abroad.
Liposuction Tummy Tuck (Lipoabdominoplasty)
In contrast to the traditional, standard tummy tuck which relies on sharp dissection to separate excess abdominal skin from the underlying abdominal wall, liposuction tummy tuck relies on blunt dissection with cannulas to dissect between the skin and abdominal wall, preserving delicate blood vessels in the process. Because there is less theoretical damage to the existing blood vessels than with a standard tummy tuck, aggressive liposuction can safely be performed in the upper and lateral abdomen, flanks, hips, and back. Another technical difference between liposuction tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck is that the fascial layer (i.e. a fibrous connective tissue) separating the superficial and deep fat of the abdominal wall is preserved during liposuction tummy tuck (lipoabdominoplasty) but not traditional tummy tuck. Many plastic surgeons that perform liposuction tummy tuck throughout Tampa Bay, Florida, and abroad think that preservation of the fascial layer may help absorb fluid accumulations between the abdominal wall and skin and decrease the length of time that drains must be used postoperatively. This earlier removal of surgical drains often increases patient mobility and return to normal activity.
Ideal Candidate for Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
The ideal candidate for a liposuction tummy tuck is one who is healthy, has been at a stable weight for at least six to twelve months, is near his/her ideal body weight, does not plan on future pregnancies, has a moderate amount of excess abdominal skin, fat, and muscle bulging, and desires total abdominal, flank, hips, and back sculpting.
Patients who are still in the process of losing weight or may want to become pregnant in the future should postpone a tummy tuck until after having met their target weight and have finished growing their family. Finally, patients with a history of smoking, heart disease, stroke, or blood clots may not be candidates for this surgery or, at the very least, may need to undergo preoperative medical clearance and smoking cessation.
Cost of Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
The price of a tummy tuck varies throughout the United States depending on region and even throughout the Tampa Bay area. According to RealSelf.com, the average price of a tummy tuck in the United States is $8,400. The cost of a tummy tuck in the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, varies between $6,500 and $10,000. The price of a liposuction tummy tuck is usually similar to that of a traditional tummy tuck. However, prices of a liposuction tummy tuck will vary depending on the complexity of each patient and the necessity of other simultaneous procedures.
Dr. Jaime Perez and the staff at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa understand that price is a concern for many patients considering a tummy tuck. We believe that cost should not deter anyone from obtaining plastic surgery and the body of their dreams and thus provide assistance with financing options through Care Credit (a company specializing in providing financing for cosmetic surgery procedures).
Liposuction tummy tuck surgery typically takes three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Immediately after surgery, patients are placed in compression garments that must be worn for six weeks to help support and shape the healing tissues. If drains are placed, they are generally removed in the office in seven to ten days when they are putting out less than 30 ml per day. Recovery times following a liposuction tummy tuck vary, but patients are generally able to return to work in one to two weeks, light exercise in three to four weeks, and full recovery and exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are prescribed following the surgery.
The majority of patients undergoing liposuction tummy tuck surgery love their new body and can't wait to get back into their "skinny jeans" or a new swimming suit. Despite the high patient satisfaction rate, like every cosmetic and plastic surgery, there are well-known risks associated with tummy tuck surgery.
The most serious complications of tummy tucks are fortunately rare and include blood clots of the leg (approximately 1% of patients) and blood clots of the lungs (less that 1% of patients). Patients with a history of blood clots, clotting disorders, cancer, spontaneous miscarriages, pregnancy within the last three months, age over forty, and patients taking birth control pills are at increased risk of blood clots following tummy tuck and should discuss this with the surgeon prior to surgery.
Other minor complications of tummy tuck surgery include small areas of wound breakdown, fluid collections under the skin, and contour irregularities on the sides of the incision. Dr. Perez examines all of his patients within one to two days after surgery so that in the rare chance there is a complication, it can be diagnosed and addressed appropriately.
Before and After Liposuction Tummy Tuck Pictures
Go to the gallery section of this website to see before and after liposuction tummy tuck photos performed by Dr. Jaime Perez at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa on patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and throughout the Tampa Bay area and abroad.
We hope to see your before and after liposuction tummy tuck pictures in the gallery soon!