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Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Improve Quality of Life

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Improve Quality of Life

Arlington Heights, Ill.

– Patients undergoing cosmetic liposuction and/or abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) procedures report significant improvements in self-esteem and quality of life, according to a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Outcomes are especially good with liposuction plus “tummy tuck,” although they include somewhat higher pain scores and longer recovery times. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)

Combined Procedure Yields Best Results

After a study was conducted with over 360 individuals, patients undergoing abdominoplasty rated their cosmetic outcomes higher than others: average score 9 out of 10, compared to 8 out of 10 with liposuction only. Liposuction plus abdominoplasty produced the highest patient satisfaction rate-over 99 percent-with no increase in pain compared to abdominoplasty alone.

Ninety-eight percent of patients undergoing liposuction plus abdominoplasty said they would undergo the procedure again and 99 percent that they would recommend it to others.

Overall, 86 percent of patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem after surgery. About 70 percent reported improved quality of life, more commonly after liposuction plus abdominoplasty.

Quality of life is an increasingly important focus measure of effectiveness for all types of medical and surgical treatments. Even though liposuction and abdominoplasty are among the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures, few studies have formally evaluated their impact on quality of life and other patient-reported outcomes.

Today’s patient is 1 month post op tummy tuck with liposuction to the abdomen, lower back, back bra roll, flanks, upper back and front bra roll. She is 36 years old, 158 lbs and 5’4. She is ready to feel comfortable in her skin again and flaunt her new body on vacation!