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BMI of 32 and Candidacy for Tummy Tuck and BBL Combination?

If you are in good health, you could be a good candidate for liposuction, Brazilian buttlift (BBL), and tummy tuck.  Fat can be taken from many different areas of the body including abdomen, sides, bra rolls, arms, underarms, flanks, lower back, upper back, posterior neck, submental areas, jowls, thighs, calves, ankles, and inner knees. You have to consider not only which areas will have perhaps the best fat, but also you have to consider which donor sites will have the fewest problems afterward with the liposuction.  In general, the abdomen and thighs are preferred, but, if those sites are not available, other areas can be used. 

I perform the tummy tuck and liposuction/BBL combination frequently, because many of my patients only want to go through surgery and recovery one time.   Recovery can be challenging and uncomfortable.  However, there are creative ways to manage the recovery position. Pillows can be placed under the lower back and the posterior thighs and patients can sleep on the back. A cushion with a hole cut out can perform a similar role. There is also a mattress with a hole into which you can place your buttocks and sleep on your back.

You could stage the procedures and have the tummy tuck done first; then the liposuction and BBL.  However, the result will not be as tight as liposuction and BBL first and then tummy tuck.   Both can be performed at the same time, but the upper abdomen cannot be aggressively liposuctioned at the time of the tummy tuck due to blood supply issues. The reason for this is simple.  More skin can be removed when less fat is present.

Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in liposuction and BBLs.

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