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What are the differences between RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty and traditional tummy tuck?

Traditional Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) RejuveTummy™ Lipoabdominoplasty
AnesthesiaGeneral anesthesia With post anesthesia reactionLocal tumescent anesthesia Awake, can eat and ambulate
Bleeding and traumaSignificantMinimal
Perforating vessels and Scarpa’s fasciaNot preservedPreserved
Abdominal suction drainsYesNo
Operating timeLongRelatively short
RecoverySlow and long recoveryShort and fast recovery
Post operative painModerate to severeModerate
Supra-pubic skin sensitivity Less preserved More preserved
SafetyMore complicationsFewer complications
Incision and scarLongRelatively short
Abdominal profileLess naturalMore natural and youthful

The traditional tummy tuck is associated with a relatively high complication rate due to the required large undermining of the anterior abdominal flap. General anesthesia is typically required for the surgery because of the extensive tissue dissection and manipulation.

The RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty combines two procedures—liposuction of the abdomen and a tummy tuck under local tumescent anesthesia. Dr. Shu’s technique involves extensive liposuction and preserves the perforating vessels and Scarpa’s fascia, providing faster recovery time and better body contour with fewer complications compared to a traditional tummy tuck. By avoiding the use of general anesthesia or heavy sedation, this new procedure offers an improved postoperative recovery.

Dr. Shu’s technique can remove a larger amount of fat, which can improve abdominal contour by thinning the fat layer considerably more compared to a traditional tummy tuck, while also decreasing the risks of skin necrosis. It is even safer for smokers and post-bariatric patients. In addition, Dr. Shu’s approach does not require the use of traditional suction drains.

Who is an ideal candidate for a RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty?

The lipoabdominoplasty procedure is ideal for the healthy patients who experience a bulging abdomen, excess fat, or sagging skin in the abdominal region. It can also be used to correct muscle weakness.

Does a RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty require a general anesthetic or hospitalization?

No. The lipoabdominoplasty can be performed under the tumescent (local) anesthesia and IV sedation in the ambulatory setting.

What are the risks and complications for a RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty?

The lipoabdominoplasty has fewer complications compared to a traditional tummy tuck. Risks and complications of this procedure may include swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring, numbness, and change in feeling. The abdomen area may temporarily experience some irregularity from the liposuction.

What is the recovery time for a RejuveTummy™ lipoabdominoplasty?

Recovery typically takes two weeks. Patients are able to return to normal activities within two weeks of the surgery.

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