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Timing of Tummy Tuck With Lipo Procedure

How Long Does a Full Tummy Tuck with Liposuction to Inner and Outer Thighs Take?  Is it safe to perform both procedures together?

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Timing of Tummy Tuck With Lipo Procedure

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Interesting question. Timing is a range from 2 hours to 5 hours. This depends upon your body, the surgeon's experience, etc. And yes I do both at the same operative setting. From MIAMI 

Best to do tummy tuck and liposuction of thighs separately.

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1)  We routinely do liposuction of the upper abdomen and of the love handles together with a tummy tuck.

2)  But the thighs are different.  There is certainly no agreement about this, but I think you can increase the risk of a blood clot by doing the thighs together, and so I do not.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Can tummy tuck and liposuction be done together?

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These procedures can be done together, matter of fact I always do liposuction with my tummy tucks to contour the whole midsection. Additionally, the thighs and/or arms can be done. Obviously, there are some criteria that you must fullfill. You have to be relatively young, good skin, healthy with no comorbidities, the liposuction cannot be a large volume (less than 5 liters). Another benefit is that you require one time sedation, save on combining procedures and have one recovery time.

Do lipo and tummy tuck at the same time

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It is generally safe to do these two procedures together unless the lipo volume is large, and there is the benefit of a single recovery time.there is also some cost savings.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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SAL with Abdominoplasty

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As long as the volumes are not large it is preferential to do it simultaneously.  It will add very little time and much better than a second anesthetic and recovery.

Leonard Hochstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Length of tummy tuck and liposuction procedure

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I would guess that this could take about 4 to 5 hours, or longer, depending on the extent of liposuction needed and the speed of your surgeon. Some plastic surgeons give a small dose of blood thinner for tummy tuck patients and that might increase the amount of bruising with the liposuction. I generally only do small amounts of liposuction with a tummy tuck, but others would feel perfectly comfortable doing what you want all at once.

Victor Au, MD
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
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