A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is one of the top procedures in the aesthetic industry every year. Its popularity stems from its ability to repair damaged abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin for a flatter, firmer stomach. Due to the outstanding results this surgery promises, patients interested in the procedure often wonder if they can go one step further and undergo a full body makeover by combining their tummy tuck with other surgeries.
This blog will discuss some of the best surgeries to pair with a tummy tuck for a transformative experience.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that aims to strengthen and flatten the midsection. Many patients opt to undergo this surgery to address the stretched, sagging skin that remains after having children or losing a significant amount of weight.
During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Christopher Zochowski makes an incision from one hip to the other just above the pubic bone. Through this incision, he will repair separated abdominal muscles before tightening the skin over your abdomen and trimming away any excess.
Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover, Combining Tummy Tuck and Post-Pregnancy Procedures?
A mommy makeover involves a customized combination of breast and body procedures designed to help women restore their pre-pregnancy body. It typically includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift or augmentation.
You can consider a mommy makeover if you want to address multiple concerns in one surgery, including stretch marks, excess skin, sagging or asymmetrical breasts, and other issues that may have developed during pregnancy.
Can I Combine Liposuction With My Tummy Tuck for Enhanced Contouring?
Many women struggling with stubborn belly fat that doesn’t respond to a balanced diet and regular exercise request liposuction in conjunction with their tummy tuck. Liposuction removes unwelcome fat pockets in the abdominal area, further sculpting and enhancing the reformation of the midsection for a flatter stomach.
During liposuction, Dr. Zochowski injects a local anesthetic solution and an additional agent that irrigates the fat cells, loosening them. He’ll then make small incisions in the targeted areas, where he’ll insert a cannula to suction out the unwanted fat with minimal force. Liposuction is the ideal procedure to combine with a tummy tuck for patients who are frustrated with excess fat in their lower abdomen, hips, and flanks.
What Are the Benefits of Pairing a Breast Procedure With a Tummy Tuck?
Many tummy tuck patients return to their surgeon for a breast procedure after realizing their sagging, heavy, and deflated breasts do not match their newly slim, contoured abdomen.
Here are two breast procedures you might want to add to your tummy tuck to save time and money.
- Breast lift: Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift will give your breasts a youthful, perky, and uplifted appearance to accompany your toned, sculpted stomach. The breast lift process includes removing excess skin from the breasts, lifting sagging tissue, repositioning drooping nipples, and adjusting areola size if necessary.
- Breast augmentation: Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and age can cause your breasts to become disproportionate, with a lack of symmetry and shape. A breast augmentation enhances the breasts’ size and volume, further complementing your figure when combined with a tummy tuck.
Do Any Non-Surgical Procedures Complement a Tummy Tuck?
CoolSculpting and tummy tuck surgery are two popular procedures that can achieve natural-looking and desirable results when combined. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that can remove unwanted fat tissue without making any additional incisions. Additionally, it can provide effective results virtually anywhere on your body.
CoolSculpting uses a specialized non-surgical fat reduction process called cryolipolysis. This process applies intense, controlled cold to the fat cells, damaging them and causing them to break down. Over the next several weeks, your body will naturally flush the dead fat cells through your liver and lymphatic system in a natural, safe, and painless process.
How Can I Create a Personalized Approach to Combine the Right Procedures With My Tummy Tuck?
The best way to create a personalized approach and choose the best procedures to combine with your tummy tuck is to consult with a board-certified specialist. Your surgeon can examine your specific areas of concern and curate a customized treatment plan that aims to create the total transformation you’re after.
During your personalized consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zochowski will assess your needs and listen to your goals. With this information, he’ll collaborate with you to develop a unique combination of procedures that work for your goals and lifestyle.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Zochowski to Learn if Combining Procedures Is Right for You
While a stand-alone tummy tuck can achieve outstanding results, combining contouring procedures can provide balance and cohesion to your silhouette. As a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding cities, Dr. Zochowski can advise you on what steps you’ll need to take to maximize your tummy tuck and any procedures you decide to add to it. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (614) 490-7500 or complete our convenient online contact form.