Advertisement

Why would a tummy tuck be done in two different surgeries?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
One of the things that surprise many patients is when their doctor suggests that the abdominal surgery be performed in two surgeries, rather than one. This is called staging and is very common in plastic surgery. Don't be surprised if your surgeon suggests this.

When a tummy tuck is staged in two surgeries, the first surgery may include removal of the skin and fat from the lower abdomen and liposuction of the hip area. The second surgery may include liposuction of the upper abdominal area above the belly button and below the ribs, as well as the sides of the abdomen above the hips (flank areas).

These areas should normally not be liposuctioned at the time of the initial surgery in order to reduce problems with blood supply to the flap. For safety purposes, I also like to wait four to six months after the tummy tuck surgery before I sculpt the upper abdominal area. Remember, safety and predictability is of the utmost importance when considering any form of plastic surgery procedure, so if it takes a few months and a couple of surgeries to get the best result, then that is the path to take.
The Beverly Hills Shape: The Truth About Plastic Surgery

More About this Book

The Beverly Hills Shape: The Truth About Plastic Surgery

Dr. Stuart Linder, Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, specializes in body sculpting procedures in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Linder has trained in both general...

Continue Learning about Abdominoplasty Or Tummy Tuck

What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck?
Stuart A. Linder, MDStuart A. Linder, MD
The recovery time after a tummy tuck depends on the size and extent of each individuals surgery. Nor...
More Answers
What are the different tummy tuck techniques?
John F. Burnett, MDJohn F. Burnett, MD
Tummy tuck techniques include a lipectomy, the ‘tummy’ part of a tummy tuck, which is removal of ski...
More Answers
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
What Is an Abdominoplasty?
What Is an Abdominoplasty?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.