Combining Liposuction and Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Chicago
Often people ask, “Why is it that despite meticulous exercising I cannot decrease my waist line and change the shape of my stomach, especially the area beneath my bellybutton?” In recent times, a procedure has started solving this issue. It is called lipoabdominoplasty.
A nice silhouette and narrow lines typically begin to fade as the years go by with age, pregnancy, and body weight changes that allow the bellybutton and lower abdomen to sag. The common procedures that solve this problem are liposuction and abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. Combining these procedures really makes a dramatic difference in the silhouette. In one setting, it creates a flat and tight stomach while vastly decreasing the waist line.
During the procedure, the stretched skin below the bellybutton is removed. This is accomplished in a similar method as a classic abdominoplasty, but the newest method achieves significant benefits. The lymph circulation is not cut, which decreases the postoperative swelling, prevents fluid retention in the wounds and shortens healing time. Much more blood vessels and nerves of the abdomen are also preserved, allowing better oxygenation of tissue and increasing the potential for wound healing. During the operation, muscles of the anterior abdominal wall are moved closer while the skin is stretched down, tightened, and a new bellybutton is formed where it once was in its better days.
Lipoabdominoplasty has many advantages in comparison to a traditional tummy tuck. This combination is more efficient in remodelling the body as it removes even larger amounts of adipose tissue while keeping the wound the same or even smaller in some cases. I have found there to be a smaller incidence of abdominal numbness due to preservation of the nerves, and generally, recovery is the same or even faster than in a classic procedure.
Who is a candidate for this operation?
People that exercise regularly, eat properly, but are unhappy their waist line and abdomen are candidates. Also patients who are a bit older, women with one or more pregnancies and stretched skin on the stomach are candidates. Individuals who have had significant weight loss and have been left with excess skin are also candidates.
Patients that are planning for pregnancy or are only planning to get started with a weight loss regimen should wait to do the operation. A doctor’s examination is needed regardless as it is the best way to determine which type of procedure will be adequate. For this type of operation, patients should always consult a plastic surgeon to understand the nuances.
Dr. Ramsen Azizi offers first rate lipoabdominoplasty procedures with expert technique and compassionate treatment. Call R.A.M. Plastic Surgery today and schedule a consult to discuss how Dr. Azizi can transform your physique today!