What Is the Importance of Combining Liposuction With a Tummy Tuck?

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A successful tummy tuck should include resecting excess skin and tightening abdominal muscles. However, even with that, the most important part of this transformative abdominal contouring procedure is to perform liposuction on the midsection. 

Abdominal liposuction is imperative to the look of your tummy tuck and is performed so that the abdomen will continue to shrink and contour to the underlying muscles as your tummy tuck heals. 

Dr. Kronowitz has many years of experience performing tummy tuck surgery with liposuction in Houston, Texas. 

Understanding Differences in Liposuction

As opposed to standard vacuum-assisted liposuction, Dr. Kronowitz prefers VASER® liposuction or power-assisted liposuction (PAL). 

Both of these advanced liposuction techniques can be incorporated into your tummy tuck!

The advantage of VASERlipo® is that it generates heat and ultrasonic energy, releasing the fat from its stacked bundles (often visible as cellulite). The heat melts the released fat cells and helps tighten the skin. VASER® liposuction works well for arms, the back, and other areas, depending on anatomic differences in the patient’s skin thickness and fat density. 

Power-assisted liposuction has a vibrating tip that Dr. Kronowitz feels results in less unpleasant skin dimpling and irregularities after liposuction.

Am I A Candidate for Liposuction or Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure with minimal scarring and long-lasting results. Liposuction surgery can be performed in almost all areas of the body, including abdominal liposuction, thigh liposuction, back liposuction, flank liposuction, upper arm liposuction, neck liposuction, bra line liposuction, liposuction of the hips, and butt liposuction.

At Kronowitz Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas, the results of liposuction surgery are life-changing!

Patients with stubborn fat pockets in any of the above areas but who are otherwise fit and healthy may be ideal candidates for fat removal in Houston. 

One thing that liposuction does not involve is the removal of excess skin. Patients with loose skin after pregnancy or weight loss surgery usually require a tummy tuck for body contouring.

Dr. Kronowitz always incorporates liposuction into his tummy tuck procedures. So, if you are confused about which treatment is right for you, it comes down to the amount of excess skin (or loose skin) you have. Additionally, if you experience diastasis recti (the separation of the abdominal muscles), you are far better suited for a tummy tuck.

You can see more Houston, Texas, tummy tuck transformations by visiting our before and after gallery.

How Does Liposuction Affect Houston Tummy Tuck Cost?

Since Dr. Kronowitz understands the importance of combining procedures for optimal results, liposuction of the abdomen, anterior flanks, and pubis is included in his tummy tuck price. Similarly, other cosmetic combinations, like thigh lift and liposuction, include liposuction in the thigh lift prices. 

If you are choosing to undergo liposuction as a standalone procedure, the price of liposuction depends on how many regions have liposuction. Dr. Kronowitz will be able to tell you more about your liposuction cost in Houston when you meet him for a consultation.

What About Male Liposuction?

Liposuction in males usually includes the abdomen, flanks, and chest. For men, liposuction can often be performed alone, except for major weight loss after bariatric surgery with the need to tighten loose skin. In these circumstances (like female tummy tuck), abdominoplasty and liposuction are usually required to achieve the best body contouring results.

Does Liposuction Affect Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Liposuction recovery time is quick, usually only a few days of soreness and one to two weeks of bruising. This is much less than the recovery experienced with a tummy tuck, and you will be healing simultaneously, so you will likely not even realize any difference.

What Additional Benefits Does Liposuction Offer?

Liposuction (with or without a tummy tuck) creates the ideal opportunity to perform fat transfer surgery!

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer breast augmentation is for patients who want a larger breast size without (or in addition to) breast implants. Fat transfer to the breast is also performed after implant removal. Only needles are required to perform fat injections into the breast. 

Fat transfer breast augmentation can be performed as the only surgical procedure or along with other surgical procedures. 

Fat Transfer to Face

Fat injections to the face are a more permanent solution to the need for repeated dermal filler injections. Fat injections can be performed on any area of the face, like lip augmentation, cheek augmentation, under-eye tear trough fat injection, and nose fat injection (non-surgical rhinoplasty). 

BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)

Fat transfer to the buttocks is usually performed along with abdominal (stomach) liposuction. Other areas of liposuction can be performed with BBL. Liposuction sculpting around the buttocks is also performed by Dr. Kronowitz to create a gorgeous shape for the buttocks. 

Your Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery Specialist in Houston, TX

Dr. Steven Kronowitz was voted the best plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas, and offers a wide variety of body, breast, and face procedures, including liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, and fat transfer.

If you want to trim your midsection, contact Kronowitz Plastic Surgery in Houston by calling (713) 523-0300.

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