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Do you have excess or sagging skin on your abdomen that won’t go away with diet and exercise? If so, you may benefit from a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. This procedure can give you a smooth and tight belly by removing extra skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles.

Why choose the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery for your LIpo-Abdominoplasty?

Dr. Shah at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery specializes in all aspects of cosmetic body contouring surgery and the specialized field of body contouring after significant weight loss. His leadership in this field of surgery and experience ensures that you will have access to all available options to give you the very best results from your body contouring procedures. Delivered in our state of the art, accredited facilities, your care is designed to not only give you the best results but also ensure that you are safe and and have a pleasant experience.

What is a Lipo-Abdominoplasty

Lipo-Abdominoplasty, also known as a “Marriage” Abdominoplasty is a combination of a traditional tummy tuck which includes tightening of the lose six-pack muscles and removal of loose hanging skin of the tummy and liposuction. The two procedures are combined to enhance the results that you get from this body contouring procedure.

What are the benefits of a Lipo-abdominoplasty?

The Lipo-abdominoplasty procedure is a very effective body contouring procedure! It combines the benefits of a tummy tuck which includes tightening of the loose six pack muscles, removal of excess skin of the abdomen, removal of any stretch marks below the belly button and removal of excess fat below the skin. A tummy tuck is very effective at making the abdomen flatter and smoother, but it is not as effective at defining the waist line if there is excessive fat in that area. Most patients who desire a tummy tuck also want to enhance their waist definition. They want to get their hour glass figure back. A Lipo-abdominoplasty can do it! By removing the excess fat of the upper abdomen, waist, back and bra rolls with liposuction then tightening the muscles and removing the excess skin, the entire torso can be contoured efficiently and effectively. This results in a very dramatic improvement in body contour.

Is it safe to combine Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck (Lipo-Abdominoplasty)?

The short answer is yes! For many year, it was thought that liposuction could not be combined with a tummy tuck safely. This dogma remained in place for many years thereby limiting the cosmetic outcome that patients would receive from a tummy tuck or force them to have two separate procedures to get the improvement in body contour that they desired. New studies regarding the blood supply after tummy tuck and liposuction and the safety of combinining these proceduers has clearly demonstrated that you can get dramatically better results while keeping patients safe. The lipo-abdominoplasty has been one of the most significant advances in cosmetic body contouring surgery in the last decade!

How long is the recovery after a Lipo-Abdominoplasty?

The recovery after a Lipo-Abdominoplasty is approximately 1-2 weeks until you resume regular activities, two weeks before you can do light exercise like walking, jogging at 4 weeks and return to all activities including heavy exercise at 6 weeks. You will see an immediate result but the final results take a few months to be visible until all of the swelling has resolved. Numbmenss of the treatment areas take a couple of months to resolve. While you will begin to enjoy the early benefits of the procedure immediately, your enjoyment of your new figure will only increase with time as you see the dramatic changes that are possible.

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