When it comes to getting a smaller abdomen, there are a few options available. Liposuction and tummy tuck both accomplish these results, but you may not be sure which option is right for you. Before making a decision, it’s important to learn the difference between these two procedures.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is an aesthetic procedure that reshapes and slims targeted regions of the patient’s body by removing excess deposits of fat and improving body proportion and contours. Liposuction techniques can be used to reduce fatty deposits in the thighs, buttocks, hips, back, upper arms, chest area, calves and ankles, chin, neck, and cheeks. Liposuction can be performed by itself or in conjunction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or facelift.
The Limitations of Liposuction
Although liposuction is helpful in eliminating body fat, it is not a treatment for obesity. Liposuction is also not a substitute for regular exercise and a proper diet and is not an effective treatment for cellulite.
Ideal Liposuction Candidates
- Adults who are within 30 percent of their ideal body weight and have good muscle tone as well as elastic, firm skin
- Healthy individuals who have no medical conditions that could impair healing
- Individuals who have no life-threatening diseases/illnesses
- Individuals who do not smoke
- People who have specific goals and a positive outlook with respect to body contouring
- Individuals with excess body fat that is not responsive to exercise and diet
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is an aesthetic procedure that surgically removes excess fatty deposits and skin from the body. In most cases, the tummy tuck will restore separated or weakened muscles to create an abdomen that is firmer and smoother. The clinical term for a tummy tuck is abdominoplasty.
Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck
Even people who have a normal body weight can have abdomens that protrude or sag. There are several reasons that these changes to the abdomen can occur. Some of them include:
- Previous surgery
- Significant weight fluctuation
Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck
When trying to determine whether liposuction or a tummy tuck would be more appropriate for you, it’s important to consider your aesthetic goals. For example, if you are attempting to get a flatter stomach, the tummy tuck might be the most practical choice. While liposuction is effective in removing excess fatty deposits from bodily regions with flexible skin, the skin of the stomach often loses its elasticity as a result of factors like pregnancy, weight gain, and/or age. Because of this lost elasticity, a removal of fat with liposuction means that the skin may sag afterward. On the other hand, a tummy tuck will remove excess body fat and extra skin while simultaneously tightening up the muscles of the body.
At Hanemann Plastic Surgery, our liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are completely individualized for maximum results. During your consultation, Dr. Hanemann will assess your condition and help you determine which option is best for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.