Liposuction tummy tuck, also referred to as lipo-abdominoplasty, is a relatively new technique. It is popular among patients who need a tummy tuck procedure to remove the excess loose abdominal skin and liposuction to reduce the thickness of the abdominal tissue and fat that reside under the skin layer.
Liposuction tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient facility. The procedure is initiated by removal of the abdominal fat through liposuction. This is then followed by excision of the loose abdominal skin through a full tummy tuck incision. The procedure uses a blunt liposuction cannula to remove the majority of the superficial and deep fat in the abdomen. This process reduces damage done to blood vessels, nerves, arteries, and lymphatic vessels. These intact vessels and arteries then ensure that oxygen reaches the tummy tuck surgical site to assist in the wound healing process. The fascia is also retained during a liposuction tummy tuck. This layer of fibrous connective tissue in the abdomen helps to absorb many of the additional fluids that normally accumulate.
In a standard tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon is only able to use liposuction in the hips and on the waist due to the risk of damage to underlying blood vessels of the abdomen. This can in turn complicate the healing process at the site of the tummy tuck incision. However, during liposuction tummy tuck, aggressive liposuction of the abdomen, hips, and love-handles can be performed without impeding the healing process. This is because the technique of abdominal skin resection differs in the liposuction tummy tuck surgery and the majority of the blood vessels to the surgical site are preserved.
Patients who have liposuction tummy tuck are pleased with having not only a flat abdominal contour, but also one that is artfully sculpted.