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Rid Loose Tummy Skin – What’s Better? Liposuction, Tummy Tuck or CoolSculpting?

I get asked by patients all the time whether they can get away with doing a little liposuction or CoolScultping® to avoid having a tummy tuck. The reality is if you already have loose skin, liposuction and CoolSculpting will not make the belly tighter and, could ultimately create more looseness once fat is reduced. Typically, for younger patients with some fat, but more elastic skin, liposuction or CoolSculpting can be ideal because the skin will recoil. However, for those who have skin that was stretched by pregnancies, weight gain, or just good old fashioned aging, a tummy tuck is generally the best approach. Better yet, patients get even better results when tummy tuck is combined with liposuction at the same time!

BUT, is it safe to have liposuction and tummy tuck at the same time?

Older techniques prohibited doing liposuction and a tummy tuck simultaneously, but more modernized techniques have made this possible and completely safe. This is how I was trained at my Harvard plastic surgical residency and patients got amazing results. To now combine these procedures is more body sculpting, as patients with different body types and fatty areas and excess skin, can now get more dramatic results. In some cases that fat can be now transferred to other body areas that have deficits, such as the buttocks, hips, even hands. I compare it to a sculptor working his clay to remove thick areas and cutting off pieces not needed or in my specialty, removing the loose skin once the body has been sculpted or thinned. There are multiple published medical studies showing that performing liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck is safer and has fewer complications. The bottom line, don’t be afraid of the tummy tuck if you need it. Let the artist (surgeon) use all the tools at his disposable and you’ll get the results that make you look and feel great about your body!

Call our office at 561-627-7777 to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation and be sure to check out my before-and-after photos on our website or follow me on Instagram @ Dr.MikePalmBeach. I often show my techniques on body sculpting, liposuction and cosmetic breast surgeries in my stories.

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