What Is the Best Abdominal Procedure for Your Goals?

That healthy diet and rigorous exercise routine may not visibly be helping you achieve that lean, sexy abdomen you had in your youth. Now that your family is complete and you’ve dropped the baby weight, do you still find yourself frustrated with that middle section that continues to show a belly pooch, loose skin, and an extra layer of fat?

Excess skin, stretched muscles due to pregnancy, and stubborn fat, are all conditions many of us encounter. The challenge now is to figure out the best way to achieve your goal to tighten your abdominal area as well as remove the excess fat.

Could a Lipoabdominoplasty Help You Achieve Your Goal?

If you want optimal results, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining a tummy tuck with liposuction into a single procedure known as a lipoabdominoplasty. Not only will this help you to achieve your goal of tightening your abdominal area, but it also could help remove that excess fat around your midsection.

An in-person consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in Vernon Hills, IL, will help decide whether a single procedure or two separate surgeries would best achieve your goals.

Deciding on Your Individualized Surgical Plan

There are three primary considerations your surgeon will review during your consultation, including:

  • Skin quality
  • Muscle tightness
  • Excess, protruding fat

Your genetics, age, diet and exercise history, and whether pregnancy and childbirth have occurred are also taken into account.

What Are Your Surgery Options?


Liposuction removes isolated pockets of stubborn, subcutaneous fat from those pesky love handles, back rolls, and belly fat. However, it doesn’t address excess skin or muscle laxity that may follow pregnancy or weight loss and isn’t intended to help you lose weight.

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens loose or separated abdominal muscles, resulting in a smooth, toned physique. For those areas of stubborn fat surrounding the abdomen, a tummy tuck on its own may not be the most effective option.

Combination Procedure

If your surgeon wishes to address skin laxity and muscle separation together with the removal of excess fat in the abdominal region, a lipoabdominoplasty—combination tummy tuck and liposuction surgery—may be the best option. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your case and decide whether they should perform the two procedures in combination or separately in stages.

In younger, healthier patients, a combination surgery may minimize the overall healing time. However, for others, a staged approach may be more appropriate and reduce the extent of surgical trauma and bleeding. The order in which the procedures are performed will depend on the patient’s physical traits and aesthetic goals.

Contact Us for That Lean, Sexy Midsection!

If you’re interested in discovering more about the best abdominal procedure for your goals, please contact us online at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa or by calling (847) 367-8815. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.