A newly published article in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports the results of a quality of life study on patients who have undergone cosmetic liposuction and/or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures to remove excess abdominal fat.

Three hundred sixty patients took part in this study, with 216 patients or 60 percent having only liposuction, 126 patients or 35%  undergoing a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty .

Liposuction plus abdominoplasty produced the highest patient satisfaction rate — more than 99 percent — with no increase in pain compared to abdominoplasty alone. Patients who had undergone abdominoplasty rated their outcomes at 9 out of 10, compared with the 8 out of 10 score for patients who had had liposuction only.

Overall, 86 percent of patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem after surgery, while about 70 percent reported improved quality of life.

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