Combining treatments all at once is not new in plastic surgery. Here at our Houston plastic surgery practice, we recommend such practice because it is cost-efficient and a time saver. Recovery time is also reduced — what is supposed to be two separate recovery phases is only done in one sitting. A recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open has proven once again that combination procedures, lipo abdominoplasty to be specific, provide excellent outcomes and have lower complication rates. What is Lipoabdominoplasty? Lipoabdominoplasty is a procedure combining liposuction and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Excellent candidates of lipo abdominoplasty include individuals who carry significant amounts of excess fat and skin in the waist area. Overweight and obese clients are often advised to lose weight and maintain a stable range of weight for approximately 6 months before they are ready for surgery. Details of the Study The aforementioned study, conducted by Dr. Eric Swanson in a span of 5 years, covered the outcomes of 150 patients who initially had ultrasonic liposuction (where fat was suctioned out of the abdomen) followed by a tummy tuck to tighten sagging skin. The lipo abdominoplasty outcomes of the 150 clients were then compared with the outcomes of 384 clients who had liposuction alone and 17 individuals who had a tummy tuck. Astounding Results! The study yielded several astounding results. First, the slightly modified form of general anaesthesia used by Dr. Swanson resulted in only 1 of the 150 patients developing blood clots as a form of complication. Second, the patients were able to quickly recover, spending on an average of 51 minutes in the recovery room. Lastly, they also found out that combining procedures could greatly reduce the occurrence of seromas. Seromas are tiny collections of fluid under the skin which often follow liposuction and a tummy tuck. Several plastic surgeons remedy this post-procedure problem by leaving a portion of abdominal fat and connective tissue after the surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Swanson wrote in the report, “Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination, may be performed safely with appropriate measures to reduce complications by minimizing tissue trauma.” Lipoabdominoplasty in Houston For more information on lipo abdominoplasty in Houston, fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together, we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding the different existing options and provide you the highest quality care.