Considering a Full Tummy Tuck with 360-Degree Liposuction? Here’s what you should know

If you’re bothered by loose skin, fat, and stretch marks on your belly, a full tummy tuck is a great option. But what about that other stuff you don’t like? Like the muffin top around your waist and lower back? If a tummy tuck is the gold standard for belly transformations, then adding 360-degree liposuction is the gold standard for full torso transformations. It will treat your ENTIRE torso in a 360-degree fashion. This overview gives you all the important information on why adding 360-degree liposuction to a tummy tuck is a game changer. 

Let’s Start With What a Full Tummy Tuck Treats 

A full tummy tuck is really good at treating these four belly issues:

  • Loose skin and too much fat
  • Stretched and split stomach muscles 
  • The appearance of stretch marks
  • Belly buttons that need a little help

The 360-Degree Liposuction Difference

Adding 360-degree liposuction will supercharge your abdominoplasty results. It  takes a tummy tuck to the next level by contouring your sides and back. This results in:

  • Refines all your curves and helps clothes fit better
  • Smooths unwanted bulges around your waist and back
  • Sculpts your midsection for full body results

The Best 360-Degree Candidates

For you to be considered a good candidate for a 360-degree procedure, you likley:

  • Have excess skin or fat on the belly, unresponsive to diet and exercise
  • Struggle with contour issues of your waist, back and even hips
  • Are healthy and have no uncontrolled medical conditions
  • Be at or near a maintainable and healthy weight
  • Live a healthy lifestyle and be non-smoking

What Happens During My Surgery?

This surgery takes longer than a standard tummy tuck depending on the amount of liposuction that is needed. Here are the surgery details:

  • A very low, hip to hip incision is made at the level of your pubic hair
  • The excess skin and belly fat are removed 
  • The abdominal muscles are tightened if needed
  • Lipocontouring of the waist and back is completed 
  • Surgical drains are usually needed 

Recovery Basics

Recovering from a full tummy tuck with 360-degree liposuction takes a little planning due to the increased downtime. Here are the details:

  • For the first 2-3 weeks, no physical work duties and you will need help around the house, especially with childcare
  • During the first week you will have some discomfort, so pain medication and muscle relaxants are commonly needed
  • Swelling can take months to fully subside with the added lipo
  • By 6-8 weeks, you should feel back to normal (but still be healing on the inside)
  • Avoid exercise/strenuous activity for at least 4 weeks and up to 8 weeks
  • Compression garments really do provide comfort in recovery
  • Overall, expect a slightly longer recovery than a tummy tuck alone

Things to Consider

A few important points to consider:

  • Results will be immediately visible but will continue to improve as the swelling resolves.  Swelling will persist longer in the area(s) of liposuction.
  • Scarring is inevitable but the incision is placed very low and will fade over time.  It should be well-faded and barely visible after one year
  • This is the most transformative type of standard tummy tuck so most people feel that the extra recovery is worth it

The Full Tummy Tuck with 360-Degree Lipo Takeaway

Why stop at the front when you can transform the sides and back? 360 liposuction with a full tummy tuck will make you look slimmer from every angle. While the amount of recovery should not be underestimated, a full tummy tuck with an additional 360-degree liposuction is life-changing for the right candidate. This surgery transforms both the appearance of your belly and the contour of your entire torso! Don’t be afraid to take the next step. Schedule an appointment with us today to determine if you are a good candidate.