Not Satisfied with a Tummy Tuck? Here Are Other Procedures You Can Pair It with
- 18 June 2016
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
For many people getting a tummy tuck, the cosmetic procedure helps them achieve the one thing that they want most—a flatter and more attractive-looking abdominal region.
But there are also patients who want more than just a toned stomach. They also want the other parts of their body to correspond with their new abs, so they look for other procedures that they can combine with a tummy tuck. In fact, the tummy tuck is often performed in conjunction with another cosmetic surgery.
The actual type of procedure may vary from patient to patient, but the following are the surgeries that are most commonly paired with a tummy tuck.
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One of the most common procedures paired with a tummy tuck is liposuction. Considered to be a minimally invasive procedure, liposuction involves inserting a small cannula into the incision that will vacuum out stubborn fat cells that both exercise and diet have not gotten rid of. While mostly used to remove fat cells from the abdominal region, liposuction can also be used in other trouble areas such as the upper arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Liposuction comes in different variations. There is the traditional one, but there are also the tumescent and ultrasound-assisted liposuctions. Your plastic surgeon will help you select the right one that will fit your current needs.
The reason why women often pair breast surgeries—breast augmentation, breast lift, or even breast reduction—with tummy tucks is because they feel that their drooping breasts do not correspond with their enhanced midsection.
Breast augmentation involves using breast implants or fat to increase the size of your breasts or restore breast volume that has been lost after pregnancy or weight reduction. Meanwhile, a breast lift surgery raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support a perkier-looking breast contour.
On the other hand, those with big boobs opt to get a breast reduction surgery, which removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. Even men who suffer from gynecomastia or abnormally large breasts also benefit from male breast reduction surgery.
Many patients who undergo a tummy tuck surgery because of massive weight loss also have loose skin and damaged muscles on their upper thigh areas. That is why they opt to get a thigh lift, which reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and the lower body. It involves an incision in the groin or outer thighs, with the resulting scars usually hidden under swimsuits and underwear.
Aside from tummy tucks, thigh lifts are also often performed in combination with other body lifts and liposuction.
If you have a flatter stomach, would you not want to have a more voluptuous rear as well? Butt lifts can do just that as a fuller butt can enhance the appearance of a trim, flat stomach.
There are many variations of a butt lift, and your doctor will help you select the one that is most suited to your needs. One of the variations is a simple liposuction procedure on the surrounding areas of the buttocks, making your butt stand out more. Your doctor can also use silicone butt implants to achieve your desired butt size.
There is also the Brazilian Butt Lift, which involves extracting fat cells from other fat-rich areas of your body, purifying them, and then finally injecting them into your butt cheeks to give them a rounder and more pleasing shape.
Just like thigh lifts, arm lifts are designed to eliminate excess skin and tighten loose muscles in your arms that may have resulted from weight loss, age, or gravity.
Your surgeon will usually create an incision in the under portion of your upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Once the incision is made, your surgeon will tighten and refine the muscle structure of this area and trim away excess skin. This results in a smoother and tighter contour of your arms that looks great with your flat tummy.
Often done in conjunction with tummy tucks, a panniculectomy is designed to remove the pannicula—the excess skin hanging below the abdomen. However, unlike the traditional tummy tuck, it does not involve tightening the muscles or relocating the belly button.
Panniculectomy is a procedure that is best done for patients who have undergone massive weight loss
and now have a significant amount of excess skin hanging below their abdomen. Your surgeon will remove these extra fat tissues using two incisions—one that runs between the hips and another running from the sternum to the pubic area.
Full body contouring
If you feel that you have more than one problem area in your body, then you should consider full body contouring. This overall procedure allows cosmetic surgeons and patients to choose two or more procedures to enhance and tighten a larger portion of your figure. It is often recommended to patients who have lost significant weight, leaving them with weakened muscles and loose skin across a large portion of their bodies.
Mommy makeovers are pretty much like full body contouring, only they are targeted specifically for women who have just completed pregnancy and are now trying to regain their pre-pregnancy figures.
Cosmetic surgeries that usually make up a mommy makeover primarily target the stomach and breasts, as these areas are the most commonly affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. That is the reason why a tummy tuck is a popular inclusion in a mommy makeover.
Some cosmetic surgeons perform these procedures at the same time as your tummy tuck, while others opt to wait several months in between their cosmetic treatments. Talking to a qualified and experienced board certified plastic surgeon will help you decide which of the aforementioned procedures can be combined with your tummy tuck, as well as determine the most appropriate time when they can be done.