Liposuction During Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty Surgery)

Liposuction during Tummy Tuck Surgery (Lipo-Abdominoplasty)

Not all tummy tuck surgeries are performed in the same way. Like all plastic surgery procedures, they are best when totally customized to suit an individual’s concerns, body shape, fat distribution, skin condition and surgery objectives. After assessing the patient, Dr Rubinstein often adds customised body-contouring liposuction during tummy tuck procedures. This allows him to achieve a better overall body shape and fewer bulges for patients who prefer a firmer, flatter-looking abdominal area.

Liposuction is an advanced surgical body contouring technique used to help tummy tuck patients get a flatter, firmer-looking result over a larger area of the abdomen. Liposuction-only abdominal area treatments or apronectomy techniques rarely suit the majority of patients who have excess belly fat and sagging folds of skin (an “abdominal apron”).

But excess, over-stretched skin and belly bulges are very common body complaints after having children or losing weight.

Fortunately, there are several advanced surgical approaches that can be combined to help you get a more pleasing, longer-lasting result from an abdominoplasty surgery or belt lipectomy procedure, including adding liposuction during tummy tuck procedures.

URGENT UPDATE – The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for a Tummy Tuck for some post-pregnancy patients suffering from Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new 30175 Medicare Item Number – is effective 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number you may also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket GAP as Tummy tuck surgery is NOT FREE.

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Why Do Patients Seek Liposuction Enhanced Tummy Tuck?

We asked Dr Craig Rubinstein to tell us more about liposuction during tummy tuck surgery procedures and why it might be performed in a body contouring procedure. He explained that tummy tuck patients may seek liposuction due to:

  • Redundant folds of skin or an “abdominal apron”
  • An ill-defined waistline even after getting fit
  • Post-pregnancy (family is complete) or post-menopausal
  • Belly-bulges and uneven fat distribution even if super-fit and thin
  • Being overweight or having bariatric surgery
  • Suffering conditions such as:
    • diastasis recti
    • abdominal hernias
    • extended, over-stretched skin

Signature Procedures: Tummy Tuck with Liposuction

Known as the “Flatter Looking Tummy Tuck”, tummy tuck with liposuction is one of Dr Craig Rubinstein’s signature surgery procedures. As a result it is ideal for women who:

  • have lost weight
  • finished having children
  • suffer from redundant, sagging belly skin
  • have unevenly-distributed fat stores around their abdomen and mons pubis area

This procedure helps women regain a flatter-looking, tighter and firmer contours to their abdomen area or waistline. Further, it helps define or redefine the waistline that has become obscured by baggy, saggy redundant skin resulting from pregnancy or weight changes. Finally, it can also reduce sagging skin folds or abdominal-area ‘apron’ skin that sags and droops over the belt-line.

The conditions that lead women to seek abdominoplasty may often have also resulted in:

  • lower back pain
  • mild urinary incontinence
  • other discomforts during exercise, intimacy or other activities where core abdominal area strength is required

Ask us about diastasis recti or abdominal hernia conditions that we often see in women seeking tummy tuck procedures, and why no amount of exercising can repair torn abs or take away loose skin.

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What is Suction-Assisted Liposuction during a Tummy Tuck?

Have you wondered what suction-assisted liposuction is and if you should have this added body contouring during your abdominoplasty?

“Most patients with excess or unevenly distributed fat and redundant, sagging skin on the abdominal area of their torso, do benefit from added body contouring using liposuction,” notes Dr Rubinstein. “But not all surgeons go to this length to help their patients get a good result.”

“A tummy tuck is primarily a surgical incision method, and it’s officially called an abdominoplasty. But added body contouring via suction-assisted liposuction during the tummy tuck surgery session, is an advanced body shaping technique I use when I recognise a patient is likely to be more satisfied with their results if we can reshape more of that area of the torso, not simply the lower abdomen and belly button area but often the upper abdomen area and even the mons pubis area.”

“So liposuction during a tummy tuck can be used to help reduce bulges and uneven fat distribution in several areas around the abdomen, including above the navel and below the navel towards the pubis area, which often becomes heavier-looking after having children or gaining and losing weight.”

Procedure Overview of Liposuction During Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Suction-assisted liposuction during abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is an advanced plastic surgery combination of procedures. It aides in reducing loose skin from the to gain a flatter looking belly or mid to lower torso. This procedure also aids in the repair of diastasis recti after pregnancy, treating torn abdominal muscles and helps restore core strength to potentially reduce back pain.

“It’s important that tummy tuck or liposuction surgery patients are aware that weight stability – along with a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) – are both crucial for getting a pleasing and long lasting-result,” notes Dr Craig in a recent discussion.

Sometimes the tummy tuck procedure helps women re-gain core strength to allow them to exercise again, without heavy, sagging flapping skin folds around their abdomen. But if the patient is still too heavy, or has a lot of weight instability – the surgery results will be less than ideal and they won’t look good for long.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty with Liposuction shaping:

  • Tighter-feeling abdominal area with loose skin reduced and torn abdominal muscles repaired
  • Flatter-looking torso around the waist or more defined waist-to-hip ratio with skin redundancy corrected
  • More contoured and better proportioned body
  • Ability to feel more comfortable in tighter clothing vs baggy clothing that hides the body (commonly worn after pregnancy)

All surgery has risks, and Dr Craig Rubinstein discuss these with you during your consultation. Plus, surgery results can differ substantially from patient to patient.

For the right patient, combined liposuction during Tummy Tuck surgery is a well-tolerated Surgery procedure popular with women who:

  • Have had one or more pregnancies
  • Had vaginal or c-section deliveries
  • Lost weight through diet and/or exercise and ended up with over-stretched skin
  • Lost weight through Bariatric surgery (e.g., lap band surgery)
  • Have sagging skin or unevenly distributed adipose cells (fat stores) in different areas of the belly, hips, mons pubis area
  • If you need fat or skin reduction around the hips vs the abdominal area, ask Dr Rubinstein if you’re a candidate for a Belt Lipectomy or if another procedure is going to suit your needs best.
  • Not all patients are suitable candidates and you’ll need to understand the surgery process, costs, risks and downtime required before you consent to a procedure.

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Case Study of a Combined Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Procedure – the “Flatter-Looking” Method

*Note that results vary significantly from patient to patient and that individual factors, BMI/weight changes and skin health will greatly impact your results.

Combined Plastic or Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

Some patients may want to combine additional procedures to their suction-assisted abdominoplasty (or may need a body-lift procedure).

For female surgical patients, a tummy tuck is often part of a total “mummy makeover” surgery plan. This combines other procedures such as a breast reduction and breast lift, an upper arm lift, and/or facial rejuvenation procedures depending on the person’s goals.

Some men with “man boobs” or “moobs” (protruding male breasts) may choose to combine male breast reduction surgery and additional liposculpting with their tummy tuck/abdominoplasty surgeries.

Surgical Risks to Consider

You’ll receive a list at your consultation and given recommendations for reducing your risks. These include:

  • being at a stable weight
  • eating a healthy, nutritious diet
  • getting adequate rest before and after your surgery
  • not doing too much too soon
  • never smoking

Some risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery:

  • General Anaesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (Haematoma)
  • Infection or wound complications
  • Pain or discomfort and difficulty sleeping during recovery periods
  • Fluid build-up (Seroma)
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis

You’ll also have a scar across your lower abdomen area.

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We can show you photos of post-surgery scars and how Dr Craig Rubinstein aims to place them strategically so they are less visible in certain types of swimwear, gym gear and other clothing. There are also state of the art scar management techniques and treatments he can suggest you explore at the nearby Skin & Anti-Ageing clinic, Coco Ruby.

Please Contact Dr.Rubinstein’s office to book a consultation or enquire about further information regarding plastic surgery procedures.

About Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS is one of Melbourne’s Best Specialist Plastic Surgeons for breast and tummy surgery.

He has been rated as a Top 3 Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne and rated a Top 5 Plastic Surgeon on the ‘Best in Australia’ website. 

Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised tummy surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.

He uses only the highest quality Motiva breast implants and is renowned for his natural-looking, long-lasting results.


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  • Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential.
  • You need a medicare referral in order to claim any medicare benefits or Health Insurance for plastic surgery,
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What to Bring to your Consultation

  • You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation. Read further information about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer page.