Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. An Extended Tummy Tuck is basically a standard abdominoplasty with the addition of recontouring of the hips, flanks, and even the lateral thigh, and a Circular Tummy Tuck addresses everything the extended abdominoplasty does with the addition of excess lower back skin and elevating the buttocks.


Target problem areas and removing fat directly

Benefits and Risks

The primary benefit of liposuction is the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body. This can lead to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and increased self-confidence. Additionally, liposuction can be used to treat conditions such as lipomas (benign fatty tumours) and gynecomastia (enlarged male breast tissue).

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with liposuction. Some potential risks include infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, scarring, and adverse reactions to IV sedation. Additionally, there is a risk of developing blood clots, which can be life-threatening. It is important to discuss these risks with a qualified surgeon and to follow all pre-and post-operative instructions to minimize the chances of complications.

Safety and Recovery

Liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon in an accredited facility. However, as with any surgery, there are risks involved. It is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and to thoroughly research their qualifications and experience before undergoing liposuction.

Recovery time following liposuction can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual’s overall health. Patients should expect to take at least a few days off from work and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. It is also essential to follow all post-operative instructions, including wearing compression garments, taking prescribed medications, and attending follow-up appointments with the surgeon.

Cost and Price Differences

The cost of liposuction can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and the location of the practice. On average, liposuction can cost between $8,000 to $15,000 in the United States. However, the cost may increase if additional procedures such as a tummy tuck or a breast lift are performed at the same time.

The cost of liposuction in Mexico can be significantly lower than in the United States, with prices ranging from 40% to 60% less than USA prices.

The Best Candidates

Have localized fat deposits on your abdomen, arms, thighs, and/or neck. These pockets of fat are resistant to the effects of even the best diet and exercise regimens and can be the result of genetics. It is important that your weight is stable and with this, you will achieve that the results of liposuction are permanent as long as your weight remains stable. Therefore, you must be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Age is not an important consideration; however, older patients may have decreased skin elasticity and may not get the same results as younger patients with tighter skin.

Comparison to similar procedures and procedure details


Liposuction is often compared to a tummy tuck, which is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. While liposuction can be effective in reducing fat, it does not address excess skin or muscle laxity in the abdominal area. Therefore, a tummy tuck may be a better option for individuals who have significant skin and muscle laxity in addition to excess fat. The procedure for liposuction typically involves the following steps:

  • IV sedation is administered to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure.
  • Small incisions are made in the targeted areas, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions.
  • The cannula is used to break up and suction out excess fat from the targeted areas.
  • The incisions are closed with sutures or adhesive strips, and a compression garment is placed over the treated areas to aid in healing and reduce swelling.

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Before and after treated patients can help you better understand the various procedures that are available to you at Dr. Isabel Balza‘s practice.

Rest assured that you will receive safe and world-class surgical results along with the finest service from our caring team of medical professionals. At Dr. Balza’s practice, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in our care at every stage of your treatment.


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