Many patients who have not reached their ideal weight want to know why the extra fat around the midsection cannot simply be removed with liposuction at the time of surgery. The truth is, many surgeons, including Dr. Nerkar, do routinely combine liposuction with tummy tuck surgery. However, not all areas of the abdomen can be safely treated with liposuction during a tummy tuck.
“The problem when you’re doing a tummy tuck is, if you liposuction the middle portion of the abdomen you’re disrupting the blood supply to the skin,” explains Dr Nerkar. “Then, when you tighten that tummy, the skin does not have enough blood flow and you can loose skin down at the bottom of the incisions.”
When blood supply is compromised as a result of liposuction, wound healing complications occur. In the long run, these complications can lead to a lengthier recovery and additional scarring. By avoiding liposuction in the middle portion of the abdomen during a tummy tuck, Dr. Nerkar is able to reduce the risk of complications after surgery.
It’s also incredibly important to understand that while liposuction is an amazing tool to remove subcutaneous fat, it is useless in combating visceral fat.
BETTER PREPARATION, BETTER OUTCOMES
Taking time to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight before surgery is an important step towards maximizing your results and minimizing your recovery. With the exceptions of an additional pregnancy or significant weight gain, the results should last for years to come.