Certainly, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can be performed at the same time as a BBL, but I don’t usually recommend the surgeries be completed simultaneously, and there are a few reasons for that.
While splitting the procedures up does require more time, as you’ll need recovery time in between (about 6 months to a year), and it’s now two surgeries instead of one, I genuinely believe this is the way to get the best results.
Instead, I recommend that a tummy tuck is done first and then a BBL.
First, it’s essential to understand that I remove skin and fat during a tummy tuck and tighten the fascia with stitches. I make an incision very low on the belly, almost near the pelvic region, and pull the skin taut, removing fat from the upper abdominal area.
Ok, so now that you understand what happens during a tummy tuck, the reason I don’t recommend doing a BBL at the same time is that during a tummy tuck, the blood supply is compromised, and that means that I can’t use the cannula, the thin tube that’s inserted into the belly back and forth to remove the fat during liposuction, as aggressively.
During a tummy tuck, the blood supply is compromised because we’ve lifted the skin; I cannot remove as much fat because of tissue loss and other problems. Even though you are getting a tummy tuck and a BBL with 360 lipo, I cannot reshape the body as aggressively as I would if I did just a BBL with the accompanying liposuction procedure.
Further, when we do a tummy tuck, I remove all the extra skin, which means once you’ve healed, it is all about removing the fat. Once the skin is out of the way, I can see the body’s curves and natural shape, so we can highlight it even better. Ultimately, the results are much better.
Together, we’ll create a plan that works best for you, but the bottom line, I want every patient to get the best results, and I believe conducting a tummy tuck and BBL as separate surgeries is the way to go.