Abdominoplasty vs. tummy tuck

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Abdominoplasty treats the skin excess and muscle weakness of the abdomen, as well as any fat that is between the belly button and the pubic hairline.  Liposuction treats only fat.  It can be used to thin out the abdomen, but the skin must be in good condition with no excess, and there should not be muscle weakness.  I do not like to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction because of the added risks of fluid collection under the skin, and wound healing problems as well as a significant increase in the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs (VTE).

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San Antonio Plastic Surgeon