When planning your plastic surgery, you’ll have quite a few different options to choose from that can help you custom-tailor your procedure to fit your exact needs. One such option you may be considering is whether or not to add liposuction to your plastic surgery. In many cases, pairing liposuction with other procedures can enhance your results by fine-tuning the contours of your body
to really highlight your natural curves.
While there are a variety of different procedures that liposuction can complement very nicely, here are just a few of the most popular pairings that you might want to discuss with your plastic surgeon.
1. Tummy Tuck
Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction a very common joint plastic surgery because of the unique ways that each individual procedure can help to shape your body. A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, can be an excellent body contouring tool for women and men who want to tighten or get rid of excess skin and loose muscle tissue in their abdominal area. This is why many people choose to have a tummy tuck after losing a significant amount of weight or having a baby
, as these events can create loose skin and muscle tissue.
This procedure does have its limits, though. While a tummy tuck can be very effective at tightening loose skin and muscle, it can’t address stubborn pockets of fat
that just don’t seem to go away with diet and exercise alone. For some people, stubborn belly fat, love handles and saddle bags are a result of the way that their bodies are genetically predisposed to carry fat, so, unfortunately, there is no way to target fat loss in just these areas.
If this is the case for you and sagging skin and excess fat around your belly, waist or hips are your main concerns, including liposuction with your tummy tuck could be the best solution for you.
Keep in mind, though, that before opting for a tummy tuck and lipo combination, you’ll want to reach your weight loss goals first in order to get the most out of your plastic surgery.
2. Mommy Makeover
After having completed their families, many women find that it’s nearly impossible to get their pre-baby bodies back just by eating right and exercising regularly. This is because many changes that women’s bodies undergo during and after pregnancy and breastfeeding simply can’t be addressed through traditional weight loss methods. When this is the case, a mommy makeover procedure can help you to get your old curves back so you can look and feel more like yourself.
One of the biggest benefits of opting for this plastic surgery is that you can include any individual procedures that you want in one mommy makeover surgery
, which also means that there is only one recovery period.
By far, liposuction is one of the most common procedures to include in a mommy makeover because it can help to contour so many different areas.
In addition to liposuction, many women add a tummy tuck, breast implants and a breast lift
to their mommy makeover to address the common trouble spots after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
3. Arm Lift
, more commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a specific body contouring procedure that can eliminate loose or hanging skin from your upper arms.
If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, you might consider getting an arm lift to help you achieve a fitter, more toned look and to enhance the underlying muscle contouring of your arms.
In most cases, your arm lift will include liposuction
to simultaneously address any stubborn fatty tissue that could keep you from getting the smooth, sleek results you’re looking for.
4. Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery can help to alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain caused by overly large breasts, as well as help your clothes to fit better and boost your self-confidence. This procedure typically includes liposuction to help remove excess fatty tissue and reshape your breasts
for an aesthetically appealing shape and size that stays in balance with your natural body proportions.
In addition to liposuction, a breast reduction also generally involves removing glandular tissue and excess skin to complete your new look. In some cases, a breast lift could also be added to readjust the position of your nipples to better fit your new breast size.
Depending on your unique needs and goals, liposuction alone may be enough to reduce the size of your breasts
without a more involved reduction surgery. But because not every woman is going to be an ideal candidate for this variation, it’s best to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon to determine which method might be right for you.
5. Breast Augmentation
One of the top goals for many women who opt for a breast augmentation is to get that classic hourglass figure. This shape is often so desirable because it can be very natural-looking and balanced, which is what a properly performed breast enhancement procedure should be able to achieve.
For many women, adding liposuction to their breast augmentation can be a great way to highlight their natural curves even further
and really bring out that hourglass shape. To do this, your plastic surgeon will first perform a thorough assessment of your body shape and anatomy. Then, he or she can recommend the right size, placement and profile of implant to complement your natural features.
As part of your breast surgery, your plastic surgeon can use liposuction to subtly contour your waist, hips or other trouble spots
that could be difficult to reshape on your own. The result is a smooth, sexy hourglass figure that can be achieved in one single procedure, therefore reducing your recovery time.
5 Plastic Surgery Procedures to Pair with Liposuction
Not sure if you should include liposuction with your plastic surgery? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Kolder of California offers some suggestions.
Dr. Daniel G. Kolder
Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery