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There are many ways to improve the size and shape of a person’s body. From nonsurgical means to invasive surgical procedures, their primary goal is to make you feel and look good about yourself. Now, plastic surgeons offer an improved combination of two of the leading plastic surgery procedures that ensure reshaping and enhancement of your body silhouette and contour – the abdominoplasty and lipectomy. Learn all the things you need to know about this new cosmetic procedure.


Abdominoplasty and Lipectomy: What are these procedures?

These two surgical procedures are both successful on their own. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is the surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat as well as tightens loose or stretched out abdominal muscles. Lipectomy, otherwise known as liposuction or lipolysis, is the fat removal surgery specifically for the abdomen. Combining these two procedures, abdominoplasty and lipectomy, gives you what plastic surgeons call circumferential abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy.


Abdominoplasty and Lipectomy: How is it different from other abdominoplasty types?


The answer relies on the extent or amount of fat and skin that you need to remove. The regular or traditional abdominoplasty entails making incisions from hip to hip, so it covers the upper and lower abdominal contouring. Mini tummy tucks only cover the lower abdomen, and extended abdominoplasty extends a bit more than the traditional tummy tuck to get the excess fat and skin from the hips and thigh areas. If you are going to get belt lipectomy or circumferential abdominoplasty, this means that you need to remove excess fat and skin all around the trunk area, so expect the incision to look like a belt in such a way that it goes around the whole of your abdomen and back.


Abdominoplasty and Lipectomy: How is it performed?

This combination can be performed differently for each patient as their need also varies. The usual conduct of this surgery starts with the patient lying face down after getting under general anaesthesia. Excess skin and fat located at the back areas and sides are first removed. After that, the patient gets turned to his back, and traditional abdominoplasty gets performed. Excess fat and skin in the upper and lower abdomen get removed, and the navel gets repositioned to accommodate the new shape and contour of the tummy. The abdominal muscles are also stitched together to tighten them and give your belly a flatter, more toned appearance, and function. Skin flaps are made after the reduction and incisions are sutured, and placement of drains to facilitate excess fluid drainage as the wounds heal ends the surgery.


Abdominoplasty and Lipectomy: How much is it?

If you are interested in undergoing circumferential abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy, you have to prepare a substantial amount of money to compensate for such extensive surgery. Traditional abdominoplasty can set you back $8000 to $13000, and it varies based on where in Australia you would want to avail the procedure. Lipectomy can have a price tag that ranges from $6000 to $8000. Combining these two procedures can reach a price estimate of $10000 to $17000. This rough estimation may be very costly, but if done right, the payback and results of this cosmetic innovation can really make a significant impact in your body contour and silhouette.

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