Liposuction & Tummy Tuck: Maximize Your Results with This Duo


Aesthetic medicine has seen an increase in different procedures performed at the same time.  While the practice of performing multiple treatments at once is not new, advanced technology allows the plastic surgeon to combine surgeries with greater ease and efficiency.

While there are many variations of combined cosmetic surgeries, the most popular body contouring procedure combination is abdominoplasty with liposuction. This combination is effective in addressing excess skin and stretched underlying tissue in the abdominal area, as well as stubborn fat in other body parts. A tummy tuck and liposuction are often done concurrently to increase the aesthetic benefits.

Although both procedures are designed to improve body contouring, each surgery addresses a different consequence of weight fluctuation or past pregnancies. Where liposuction can remove subcutaneous fat in various parts of the body; a tummy tuck will resolve loose skin and muscle in the abdominal area.

Here are the top reasons to combine liposuction and abdominoplasty to maximize your body contouring benefits:

Enhance Your Shape

Although abdominoplasty is effective in addressing muscle and skin issues in the abdominal area, it is not designed to resolve stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure which eliminates unwanted fat and pesky bulges which don’t respond to diet and exercise. Some of the common target areas are the neck, cheeks, chin, upper arms, knees, thighs, buttocks, hips, and abdomen.

By combining these two procedures, you can achieve a comprehensive outcome that neither procedure can accomplish alone.

Correcting Multiple Problem Areas

A tummy tuck can provide a more toned, firmer abdomen by removing loose skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscle. However, by adding liposuction to abdominoplasty, you can sculpt other areas consistent with your goals like the hips, thighs or buttock.

More Cost-Effective

Although cost should never be the most determinate issue when choosing plastic surgery, combining these two body contouring procedures is more cost-effective than having each done separately as a standalone procedure. You may ask – Why?

The reason is the consolidation of the associated surgical fees and the anesthesia into one procedure makes the overall cost more attractive. However, this choice should be discussed with your plastic surgeon to ensure combining these surgeries is the safest and best plan for your desired outcome.

Less Recovery Time

When you combine these two procedures, you not only resolve two issues with one surgical plan, you also minimize the recovery. Although tummy tuck does have an extensive recovery compared to most plastic surgeries, adding liposuction does not increase the time or discomfort severely.

In fact, the recovery time of a liposuction and tummy tuck combination is very similar to a standalone tummy tuck surgery. Also, to have the procedures done separately, you will need to wait at least six months between procedures to ensure proper healing.


Both liposuction and abdominoplasty address different aesthetic concerns but can provide a harmonious outcome. Combining both procedures can offer superior body shaping and decrease the risk of complications as well.

Whether choosing liposuction or abdominoplasty, you’ll find that both procedures address separate concerns, yet deliver comprehensive results. Recent studies indicate a combination brings out the best in each one for a superior body contouring outcome with less risk.

Next Step

The most important step when moving forward with any body contouring or plastic surgery procedure is to choose your surgeon wisely. Make sure they are well qualified with their experience and credentials. Board-certification ensures the plastic surgeon is highly skilled and current on the most advanced techniques and technologies.

A consultation will make your relationship with the plastic surgeon more personal. Make sure you are well researched on the procedures and go to the meeting with questions and concerns written down. Ask to see visible results, like before and after images, to get a good idea of the outcome you can expect.

Why Dr. Dreyfuss?

Dr. Dreyfuss is a board-certified Plastic surgeon by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Illinois Plastic Surgery Society.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Medical School of Emory University in Atlanta and completed his Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

He has thousands of satisfied plastic surgery patients in the Chicago area.

To take the next step, call Dr. Dreyfuss at 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today.