If you’re like many people who are considering liposuction along with a tummy tuck so that you don’t have two separate procedures performed, there are a few questions that you should ask your doctor. Both procedures are often performed together at Howland Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Howland can examine your stomach and the area where you want excess fat deposits removed to give you the best options for your body and overall health. Here are some questions you should ask during your consultation with Dr. Howland:

Where else can liposuction be performed?

When you have a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Howland, liposuction techniques may also be used to enhance the area. Since you’re already having liposuction, you might opt to have the technique performed on another area of the body at the same time. Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere stubborn fat is present including the hips, thighs, flanks, back, upper arms, and bra area.

How long will my recovery be?

Many patients choose to have multiple procedures done at once to save time and money in the long run. When you have a tummy tuck and liposuction, you can expect a few weeks of recovery and downtime, however, your recovery time will not change dramatically with the number of treatment areas. Make sure you ask Dr. Howland about the time you can expect to take off work and other activities, so you are fully prepared.

How will my procedure be customized?

Many doctors will customize a tummy tuck and liposuction for each patient depending on the person’s needs and desires. Sometimes, one patient might not be in a position to have both procedures performed at the same time while another is ready for significant changes instead of waiting. Aside from the flanks or hips, the lower back is a common area where liposuction is performed when you have a tummy tuck as well. For most patients, the overall goal is to create balance. You want each curve to match the one on the other side. To achieve this balance, the flanks or love handles are often the focus of liposuction so that the appearance blends with the new look of your stomach.

Before making a final decision, you need to discuss the risks and the benefits of each procedure with Dr. Howland. To learn more about liposuction and the tummy tuck, contact our office and schedule your consultation today.