Are you not sure whether to choose between liposuction or a tummy tuck? You’re not alone. Many individuals who seek to improve their abdominal areas are confused with which procedure to choose. Some men and women are even unsure whether to choose one surgical procedure or to opt for both surgeries.
Liposuction and tummy tuck are two of the most popular procedures that correct abdominal flaws. Both surgeries deliver different results, but can complement each other when a board-certified plastic surgeon deems it feasible for a patient’s unique case.
This begs the question, “Should you go for a liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both?” To help you answer this question, let’s take a look at what each procedure does and their benefits. Once you have a general picture of what liposuction and tummy tuck can do for your aesthetic goals, you’ll be able to decide whether to choose one of the procedures or both.
Liposuction at a Glance
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess fat in the body with the use of a vacuum machine that suctions out fat. It requires tiny incisions for the cannula to enter and access the isolated fat cells.
The doctor will administer anesthesia to make the treatment comfortable. You may experience minimal discomfort after the procedure, but it will disappear within 24 hours. Liposuction offers quick recovery and low levels of complications and risks.
Although liposuction is designed to remove stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, it’s not a weight loss treatment. Therefore, liposuction is perfect for you if you have isolated fatty deposits with good skin laxity. You may need to lose weight to reach your ideal BMI before you have this procedure.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck at a Glance
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that corrects separated muscles due to multiple pregnancies and massive weight loss. Abdominoplasty also removes excess skin and stretch marks, and tightens the belly area, so the abdomen will have a flatter, better contour and definition.
Tummy tuck procedures are perfect for you if you don’t have excess fat in the abdominal area, but have stretch marks and excess skin that you want to remove.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The choice between these two procedures depends on your unique case. If you have excess fat, loose skin, separated muscles, and stretch marks, you may want to combine liposuction and abdominoplasty. Although the combination of both procedures may lengthen the surgery and the recovery period, tummy tuck and liposuction procedures can yield the best result: a smooth, flat, well-contoured stomach.
Dr. Burt of Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre performs tummy tuck and liposuction, and can combine both procedures in one surgery session to help you reach your aesthetic goals. If you would like to know more about these two body-contouring procedures, schedule a consultation today.