Tummy Tuck Combinations
Abdominoplasty Combined with Liposuction, Breast Surgery, Thigh Lift, and Posterior Body Lift
We perceive the contour and curves of the abdomen in relation to the curves and contours of other zones of the body, particularly the hips, the thighs and the breast. True beauty is obtained when all curves of these areas relate to each other in a harmonious way. Tummy Tuck combinations can help to optimize this harmonious interplay.
Perimeterplasty: Abdominoplasty Combined With Lipoplasty of Nearby Areas
In this approach, Dr. Cook uses advanced techniques of liposuction to adjust the curves of the outer thigh, the inner thigh, the hip, the waist, or other nearby areas at the time of the abdominoplasty so that there is an optimized balance of the lines that form the perimeter of the body.
Abdominoplasty Combined With Breast Surgery
Life events that stretch and alter the shape of the abdomen often exert similar effects on the breast. Two common examples of this are pregnancy and the cycle of weight gain and loss. Breasts may lose or gain volume or lose their pleasing tone. For some patients, the breasts may droop so severely that they affect body mechanics and posture.
Dr. Cook frequently combines abdominoplasty with various forms of breast surgery to restore a pleasing state of visual harmony. This in turn gives the patient a positive visual feedback that will serve as a wonderful motivation to maintain optimum habits of nutrition and exercise.
Dr. Cook considers his patients’ needs on an individualized basis. During your consultation you will discuss your goals with Dr. Cook. He will help you to select from the wide range of breast surgery procedures that we offer our patients: breast augmentation, breast augmentation combined with breast life (mastopexy), structural mastopexy, and breast reduction.
Medial Thigh Lift / Inner Thigh Lift
When the tone of the inner thigh is significantly reduced, liposuction will not be of benefit, even when there is a significant accumulation of fat in the area. From a structural standpoint this is very similar to the situation that faces the patient with an excess of fat in the lower abdomen but who also has a loss of skin tone.
With the medial thigh lift technique, Dr. Cook tightens the skin of the inner thigh through an incision that is hidden in the crease where the upper thigh ends. Dr. Cook uses a variant of the technique for this operation that was developed by Dr. Ted Lockwood, the originator of the high lateral tension abdominoplasty. In this technique a layer of fascia that exists beneath the skin is securely anchored to the deep tissues. This takes tension off the skin and avoids the wide scars and distortion that may develop after other thigh lift techniques.
The medial thigh lift can be combined with an abdominoplasty or other body contour procedures.
Posterior Body Lift
The posterior body lift, as originally developed by Dr. Ted Lockwood, provides a dramatic lifting of the outer thigh and buttock. Dr. Cook still finds the Lockwood technique to be the best of all options for lifting the posterior body.
This procedure is most helpful to patients who have experienced significant weight loss. For most patients this surgery is carried out as a separate procedure from the abdominoplasty, as this allows for a more comfortable and safer recovery.