Lipo May Boost Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a popular plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen for those seeking a smoother, firmer stomach. Incorporating liposuction can help to eliminate potential postoperative complications that can arise from abdominoplasty, according to new research.

Seroma, a buildup of wound fluid that can develop after surgery, is a common problem that can arise from tummy tucks. In most cases, seromas develop a few weeks after surgery and are sometimes prevented by a drain that the surgeon places in the patient for a week or longer. The drain, however, is not always successful in eliminating the risk of seroma, and it can also cause patient discomfort or infection.

Daytona Beach, surgeon Carl W. Lentz III, MD, and his colleagues developed a new technique to prevent seroma without a drain, by using liposuction after the tummy tuck procedure. Their research presented in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery documents 112 abdominoplasty patients who underwent the technique that uses liposuction. Only 10 of the patients developed seromas. The doctors behind the study believe that their method can improve the abdominal wall and waist contour as well as decreasing the risk of seroma.

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  • Richard Baxter Anonymous
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    i don't agree that the findings in this study support the conclusion that liposuction reduces seroma rates. I have been using the progressive tension suture method for nearly 15 years and reported my early experience that the seroma rate can be reduced to nearly zero. This study also used the PTS method but with the addition of liposuction undermining, so a 10% incidence of seromas is actually an incresae over what would be expected. Liposuction undermining is a very useful tool but reduction of seromas is not the reason for doing it.

  • Reza Sadrian anonymous
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    Oftentimes careful addition of liposuction to a tummy tuck can provide additional "sculpting" of the abdomen, waistline and lower back, thus improving the circumferential balance. Care must be taken though to ensure viability of the tissue that has been undermined by the tummy tuck procedure so as to avoid potential complications in healing.

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