Fat & Cellulite
Two Procedures. One Amazing Result.
The CombiTuck is Allure’s combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck. This technique first involves laser liposuction to free up fat and skin before performing a tummy tuck. The results of combining these two procedures is safer, more effective, and a quicker recovery for patients.
A CombiTuck works wonders for removing loose skin or hanging flab after weight loss. It’s also a great stretch mark removal solution, especially if the marks are below the belly button. To preserve long term benefits, we recommended women receive a CombiTuck only after they are finished having children.
It’s a same-day surgery, but there is some rehabilitation involved. After a Combituck, scarring will occur in the underwear line and around the belly button. The surrounding muscles will also lose their tone, but the majority of cases fully repair. Most patients are back to work within 7-10 days and exercising within 2-3 weeks. It’s important that patients push themselves to be active after surgery, this can remarkably speed up recovery time.
During the CombiTuck the patient will be sedated using a combination of twilight anesthesia and a diluted local tumescent anesthesia. Standard price for the procedure is $8,500, plus an additional $400-$750 for sedation.
The advantage of the CombiTuck is that it usues 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 make 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. This results in less bleeding, less interruption of the lymphatics, so there’s less bruising, less need for drains, and less complications. Additionally, with less cutting, the sliding flap procedure leaves more blood vessels intact, allowign for faster healing, and less problems with the wound.
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.
In the majority of cases, women in particular, the muscle has lost its tone and is repaired with either type of tummy tuck. Hernias can be repaired at the same time as well with either surgery.
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.
The vast majority of patients are back to work in 7-10 days and exercising in 2-3 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your stretch marks are mostly below your belly button, then they will likely be gone.