Liposuction is probably the most common cosmetic surgical procedure that is combined with other surgeries in the same setting. In fact, liposuction is frequently considered a normal part of many other aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.
Standard tummy tucks do not normally include much liposuction, however it is generally part of a mini-tummy tuck where fat is removed from the abdomen prior to tightening the lower stomach muscles and removing a small segment of skin. Only a limited amount of liposuction can be performed on a full tummy tuck because, with elevating the skin and fat, the blood supply to the skin becomes limited and any further damage, say due to liposuction, can result in skin loss. Much less undermining of the skin is done with a mini-tuck, therefore, there is not the concern for skin loss and much more blood supply is preserved.
Combining liposuction of the neck and lower cheek or jowl is a standard component of most facelifts when excess fat in present below the jaw line and in the jowl area. Liposuction of other areas of the body can be performed at the same time as facial cosmetic procedures.
Breast reduction surgery is generally performed to relieve neck, back and shoulder strap pain in women who have large, heavy breasts. In most cases, the breast ‘tail’ extends out to the side of the chest, under the arm pit (axilla). To avoid putting scars out in this area, liposuction is normally performed to reduce this excess tissue and is considered a standard part of the breast reduction procedure.
Arm lifts and thigh lifts are frequently performed on patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight and are left with folds of excess skin. Residual fat pockets in these areas are often treated with liposuction to create a smoother contour, reduce bulk and allow for greater amounts of skin to be excised and is frequently performed at the same time as the thigh or arm lift. Liposuction of the hips, abdomen or back can also be done with an arm or thigh lift.
Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time as other body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lifts, tummy tucks and lower body lifts. By combining these procedures under one anesthetic there can be a considerable cost savings with both anesthesia and the surgery facility.
The benefits of going through one recovery period instead of two are obvious as one takes less time off from work or uses up less vacation time. Liposuction does not generally increase the length of the recovery period of any of these procedures, as it is typically one of the easiest cosmetic surgeries to recover from. It is typical to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery, however, these are generally thin and lightweight enough to wear even during summer months and can be hidden under your clothes fairly easily.