People have an inherent desire to appear good and age elegantly. However, finding the ideal time in your life to undergo aesthetic plastic surgery is a daunting task for many, given their professional and family commitments. So, when the moment you’ve been waiting for actually arrives, is it possible to avail multiple procedures at the same time? Yes, that is absolutely possible!
A large number of people, especially women, are going for combination procedures in order to get the optimum benefits out of their time on the operating table. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures that women undergo after childbirth or weight loss. One of the common questions many women ask is what procedures they can have at the same time with the tummy tuck.
Aesthetic linkage between different body areas
If you have finally decided to go under the knife, it is completely understandable to make the most out of it. When it comes to combining other procedures with the tummy tuck, patients should understand that combo procedure is possible where two or more body areas are aesthetically connected. The good news is that there are many body areas that are linked with the abdomen, which means there are a number of procedures that can be performed along with the tummy tuck.
Even though the tummy tuck will deliver impressive results on their own, other areas of your body may exhibit aesthetic flaws that might overshadow the results achieved of the tummy tuck. This is why combining procedures is necessary to have your major aesthetic problems addressed all at once.
Understanding the tummy tuck
In order to understand why and how other procedures can be performed in association with the tummy tuck, you should first understand what a tummy tuck is. The tummy tuck addresses the sagginess induced in the abdomen by different factors, such as pregnancy, aging, gravity, genetics, and massive weight loss.
A saggy abdomen looks aesthetically unappealing, affecting your overall body outline and profile. Many women undergo the tummy tuck surgery to restore a firm, toned, and contoured abdomen. The procedure is very popular among women because it delivers effective and impressive results.
So, what actually does the tummy tuck involve? The procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, involves the removal of excess, hanging skin and fat from your abdomen, in addition to repairing and tightening the abdominal wall muscle. After the procedure, your abdomen will appear toned, firm, tight, and contoured. The improvements in your abdomen will translate into aesthetic improvements in your overall figure.
Combing tummy tuck with other procedures
Combining tummy tuck with other cosmetic surgery procedures is a common practice that delivers powerful results. Over the last few years, more and more women have chosen to undergo other procedures in association with a tummy tuck. Women who have experienced multiple pregnancies mostly seek tummy tuck combo procedure in order to overcome the different aesthetic flaws introduced to their bodies after childbirth. Most of these combinations go into forming the popular procedure called Mommy Makeover.
- Lipotuck: Tummy tuck and liposuction
Lipotuck is a new term used to describe the combo of liposuction and tummy tuck. This combination is very common and popular. The surgery involves treating the saggy abdomen and removing the stubborn fat pockets from different areas of the body. The tummy tuck procedure contours the abdomen by removing the hanging skin and repairing the tummy wall muscle, whereas liposuction contours localized areas of the body, such as the abdomen, sides, flanks, love handles, thighs, back, and upper body.
The liposuction procedure removes the stubborn fat deposits from the target areas. It involves the placement of a small tube called a cannula that is connected to a suction pump inside each target area through tiny incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge the fat cells, which are then removed through the cannula with the help of the suction pump.
- Tummy tuck and breast lift
Another popular combo procedure that contours the body is the tummy tuck and breast lift. The goal of this procedure is to enhance the abdomen and the breasts at the same. This surgery is ideal for women who have saggy abdomen and breasts. The tummy tuck will contour your abdomen by removing the excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal wall muscles. On the other hand, the breast lift will treat the saggy breasts by removing the excess skin, tightening the underlying tissues, and lifting the nipples and areolas to a higher position. After the combined surgery, your abdomen will appear smoother, slimmer, firmer, toned, and contoured. Your breasts will become firmer, tighter, and aesthetically appealing. If you want to make your breasts bigger, your surgeon may recommend the use of breast implants as well.
While the tummy tuck alone can deliver amazing results by treating the sagginess in your abdomen, the results will not be prominent if you have saggy breasts. This is why it is important to have the breast lift surgery along with the tummy tuck. By doing so, you will achieve both goals at the same time.
- Tummy tuck and breast reduction
Another popular combo plastic surgery is a tummy tuck and breast reduction. The combined procedure is also referred to as reduction mammoplasty. The combination procedure is ideal for women who have saggy abdomen and overly large breasts. While saggy abdomen can negatively affect your body aesthetics, overly large breasts can create physical pain and discomfort. Large breasts mean extra weight, which can create shoulder, neck, and back pain. Additionally, they can limit your physical activities.
In order to decrease the size of your breasts and get rid of the saggy skin in your abdomen, you should consider the combined procedure of tummy tuck and breast reduction. The tummy tuck will make your abdomen smooth and firm, whereas the breast reduction surgery will reduce the size and weight of your breasts. The breast reduction procedure involves removal of the excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue from your breasts. This results in smaller breasts, which will ultimately help ease the associated pain and discomfort.
- Tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift
Combining tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift (autologous fat transfer) is also becoming common. Despite its popularity, many surgeons recommend undergoing the procedures at different times as it all comes down to the recovery process. While recovering from the tummy tuck, you will be required to rest and sleep on your back for at least two weeks because applying pressure to your abdomen can create physical pain and aesthetic and health complications. On the other hand, after the Brazilian butt lift, you will be required to avoid sitting and resting/sleeping on your back because doing so will damage the fat cells transferred to your buttocks.
With this combination procedure, you must be ready to avoid resting and sleeping on your abdomen and back. This leaves you with only one option: sleeping and resting on your side. Also, you will not be allowed to sit during the recovery period. This is one of the major turnoffs for most patients. However, if you are ready for it, the procedure is doable but not recommended.
- Tummy tuck and breast augmentation
The combo of tummy tuck and breast augmentation is yet another popular surgery. The surgery is ideal for women who have saggy abdomen and smaller or flatter breasts. The tummy tuck will treat the saggy abdomen, making it firmer, tighter, and toned. On the other hand, the breast augmentation procedure will add projection and volume to your breasts, in addition to making them shapelier.
In most cases, breast implants are used for the purpose of breast augmentation. Depending on your aesthetic goals and condition of your breasts, an autologous fat transfer may also be used. During the breast implant procedure, artificial devices made of silicone shells and pre-filled with silicone gel are inserted and positioned inside the breasts.
On the other hand, a fat transfer procedure involves the use of your own body fat to augment and contour your breasts. This option will be used only if you have excess fat in your body. If your goal is to add considerable projection to your breasts, a fat transfer may not help because it can only increase your breast size from a mild to moderate degree.
There are a number of procedures that can be performed in association with the tummy tuck. However, you should keep in mind that combined procedures come with relatively more risks and may involve more downtime. Furthermore, be sure to discuss your candidacy and the risks involved in the combo procedure you are considering. There is no doubt that when the tummy tuck is combined with the procedures explained above, the results will be impressive as long as your surgeon is board-certified.
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