When patients are interested in Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, and Liposuction, as well, it is often best that they be performed in conjunction instead of two separate procedures.  This, of course depends upon the medical history of each patient and considering specific body reactions to the following, yet not fully inclusive examples:

  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Level of pain tolerance during healing and recovery
  • Prior history of hematomas or infection from any other surgeries
  • Being an easy or slow healer in the past
  • History of bruising and swelling
  • History of fluid or edema build-up
  • Reaction to pain medication during post-op protocol

It is very important to consider all possible scenarios with Dr. Edward S. Kole when sharing your interest in having a tummy tuck and also the desire for liposuction at a later time.  You may benefit from having your liposuction performed together, as it is less risky when done this way.  Tummy tuck and liposuction together is commonly referred to medically as Lipoabdominoplasty.  These two procedures performed together offering superior patient results with minimal complications

Dr. Edward S. Kole, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in private practice in Suburban Philadelphia, PA is experienced in the combination techniques needed to produce optimal outcomes from Abdominoplasty and Liposuction, as separate procedures and in combination.  He does perform the combination procedure with safety as his first priority by taking the pre-cautions needed in order to minimize internal tissue damage, which is of great benefit to his patients.  Lessening tissue damage is a great advantage to have in one procedure than have two invasive procedures to your body at separate times.  Liposuction performed during a tummy tuck removes extra fat from your abdominal area and your love handles, otherwise known as flanks.  Basically, you are having custom contours detailed by an expert surgeon during your procedure.

After tummy tuck surgery most patients go home with drains in place, for a temporary period of time, in order to collect excess internal fluid that builds up under the skin.  This also happens after liposuction when performed as a solo procedure but drains are not used in liposuction.  When liposuction is performed during your tummy tuck and trauma to tissue in much more limited, Dr. Kole is able to remove more fat and tissue without increasing any additional tissue trauma, thus your fluid build-up will not be increased once you are in the post-op period and most optimal results will be accomplished during surgery.

Patients share their high satisfaction with improved self-esteem and a renewed confidence after tummy tuck surgery with liposuction.  There is a feeling of complete satisfaction about not needing to undergo liposuction at an additional time, in the future, and their enhanced figures reaped rewards while they had to only heal and recover one time.  Dr. Kole reminds that if you are a candidate for this combination surgical procedure it is always beneficial to do the combination liposuction and tummy tuck only if you are able to have:

  • General anesthesia
  • Normal Incision healing and scarring properties
  • Adequate time off of work
  • Are able to have time away from exercising
  • No problems with the use of pain medication

Please contact The Kole Plastic Surgery Center at 215-315-7655 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Edward S. Kole.  Our Office and Licensed Ambulatory and Surgical Center is conveniently located at:  1122 Street Rd Southampton, PA 18966