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Tummy tuck is a great procedure as far as results, but it's an invasive procedure and those kinds of changes that you see with recovery of swelling, bruising should be expected to some degree. In my practice we use some tacking sutures to try and eliminate or, at least, reduce the amount of drainage, and I still use drains to make sure that we do get as much of the fluid out of there to prevent as much swelling as possible. But you should expect some degree of swelling and bruising which should also be minimized by a compression garment that we have patients wear for several weeks.

You can do liposuction at the same time as tummy tuck. There are a couple of danger zones that we want to try and avoid, but when I see and evaluate patients I have a thorough discussion with them about the best way to achieve their goals. When you do an abdominoplasty or lifting the skin and fat off of the underlying abdominal wall which is largely where the blood supply comes from. And so when we do these operations, it's really all about blood supply. The safest thing to do is maintain as much of the blood supply as possible. And so you don't want to do liposuction in areas that could compromise the blood supply when you're healing.

Can You Get a Tummy Tuck and Lipo at the Same Time? These Are the Risks

Dr. Adam Lowenstein explains the risks of a combination tummy tuck and liposuction procedure, as well as how the patient is affected during the recovery period.