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Sometimes Two Are Better Than One: Lipoabdominoplasty

Two of the most popular procedures at West County Plastic Surgeons are abdominoplasty and liposuction surgery. St. Louis patients who want to improve the tone and contours of their abdominal area may want lipo to remove significant pockets of fat, whereas the tummy tuck deals with excess, baggy skin and separated muscles.

Fortunately, the decision is not limited to either/or. Many patients who are at or near their goal weight, but who wish that their belly better reflected the overall look of the rest of their generally fit body, could benefit from surgical fat removal in addition to a tummy tuck.

When combined, the two-procedures-in-one are known as a “lipoabdominoplasty.” Though it is not uncommon for a tummy tuck to include some amount of fat removal as necessary, lipoabdominoplasty involves the patient approaching the procedure with the understanding that body contouring via fat removal will be an integral part of the process.

The dual-procedure approach is appealing to many patients who would be considering liposuction and a tummy tuck because it reduces the cost, risk, and recovery time necessary for a pair of surgical sessions to one. Two separate surgical procedures would mean two separate times going under anesthesia, two sets of fees, and two sets of blocked-off days on the calendar while incisions heal and swelling resolves. While today’s modern surgical techniques make cosmetic surgery safer and more efficient than ever before, the convenience of an isolated procedure is understandably attractive.

Learn more about lipoabdominoplasty—and tummy tucks and liposuction— in St. Louis by calling West County Plastic Surgeons at (314) 996-8800 or sending a message online.