A: Liposuction at same time as tummy tuck

Liposuction can be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck provided it is limited to certain areas.  This means it is safe to do liposuction of the flanks or sides at the same time but not the mid or upper abdominal area.  The reason for this is that the blood supply to the abdominal skin/tissue can be jeopardized and compromised which can lead to serious wound healing complications and infection.

If your upper abdomen is of particular concern to you, then it is best to have liposuction of that area done at a separate stage, about one year after (or before) the tummy tuck.

Be sure your plastic surgeon explains carefully to you where exactly he/she plans to perform liposuction at the time of your tummy tuck.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno