CombiTuck in Michigan
Allure Medical Spa Serving Shelby Township, Livonia, Clarkston, Warren, Southgate and the Detroit Area
The New Tummy Tuck – CombiTuck
“I wanted a flat stomach after having kids, but I had no idea it would be so easy!”
Have you been thinking about what it’d be like to get your flat stomach back? After weight fluctuations, or pregnancy, you might find that no matter how much you diet or exercise, you just can’t get a flat stomach.
The CombiTuck is a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck. You can wear tight fitting clothes, you don’t have to hide your loose or excess skin, you can show off your belly again. The CombiTuck has less downtime than the older fashioned abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. You can be back to your normal life in about a week!
The Combituck is part of a mommy makeover.
When is it time to do a CombiTuck or tummy tuck? For women after you are done having children. For men and women who have lost weight and still have lose skin or hanging flab or are looking for a good stretch mark removal solution.
What is the difference between a CombiTuck and a regular abdominoplasty?
The advantage of the CombiTuck is that it combines advanced liposuction or laser liposuction to free up the fat and skin prior to the tummy tuck portion. It was created to allow a tummy tuck to be performed with less risk and downtime, as well as making the person thinner after the surgery than a regular tummy tuck. The process allows what is known as a “sliding flap” where the tissues can be re-positioned with much less cutting and trauma to the tissues. This results in less bleeding, less interruption of the lymphatics, so less bruising, less need for drains, and less complications. Additionally, the sliding flap with less cutting leaves more blood vessels intact which allows faster healing, and less problems with the wound.
What are the limitations of a CombiTuck?
There needs to be a reasonable layer of fat to perform this surgery. Someone who is very thin will need a more traditional tummy tuck. The good news, however, is that techniques we have learned by performing the CombiTuck can be applied to the regular tummy tuck to shorten downtime and reduce risk. In some cases, a combination of the two surgeries is used.
Is the muscle repaired or tightened?
In the majority of cases, women in particular, the muscle has lost it’s tone and is repaired with either type of tummy tuck. Hernias can be repaired at the same time as well with either surgery.
What kind of sedation or anesthesia is used?
We use a combination of IV sedation, or “twilight anesthesia” and a diluted local anesthetic (tumescent anesthesia). This combination is by far the safest way to approach this surgery.
How long is the recovery?
The vast majority of patients are back to work in 7-10 days and exercising in 2-3 weeks.
Do I need a drain?
Most of the time, a drain is not needed. The doctor will decide during surgery, but about 90% of the time, no drain is required.
What kind of scar?
The scar for the CombiTuck or the tummy tuck are about the same. A full tummy tuck or CombiTuck has a scar in the underwear line, as well as around the belly button.
Do I need to be in the hospital or stay overnight?
No! this is an outpatient procedure. You should have dinner at the kitchen table at home the night of surgery and push yourself to be as active as possible right after surgery. This speeds recovery.
What about a Mini Tuck?
A mini CombiTuck or tummy tuck is not used very often. It is for unique cases where there is just a small pouch of fat at the bottom of the stomach.
What about the stretch marks?
If your stretch marks are mostly below your belly button, then they will likely be gone.