Many patients seeking a trimmer waistline and flatter stomach turn to plastic surgery for results that diet and exercise have not fully achieved. The most popular procedures for this are tummy tucks and liposuction. Deciding which procedure is most suitable for you can be difficult, but understanding some of the differences between the two can facilitate that decision.
The first step in deciding between a tummy tuck and liposuction is to examine your body’s abdominal condition and the specific issues you would like to correct.
A tummy tuck is better suited for those seeking to remove excess skin. During a tummy tuck the underlying abdominal muscles can also be tightened. Patients who have experienced excessive weight loss or mothers who are left with loose skin after pregnancy can see dramatic results through a tummy tuck procedure.
Liposuction is better suited for removing excess stubborn fat that has resisted healthy diet and exercise. Isolated pockets of fat often linger despite a healthy lifestyle causing areas of the body to bulge. Liposuction removes stubborn fat and improves contouring.
A tummy tuck is usually suggested for people who have lost skin elasticity around their waist. As such, ideal candidates include women carrying stretch marks from pregnancies. It is also a highly recommended procedure for women who have loose skin as a result of rapid weight loss.
In contrast, liposuction is mostly targeted at people with elastic skin. Since the procedure only aims to remove the fat, liposuction does not produce the same level of results on those with loose skin.
A tummy tuck will require approximately 4 for full recovery and will leave a larger scar. Recovery time for liposuction is significantly shorter and easier as it is a less invasive procedure.
A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Whetstone of Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery, can provide more in-depth information to best select the procedure that will best fit your aesthetic goals and your body’s physical needs. Discussing your physical condition and desires in detail with Dr. Whetstone will be the best way to decide on the most effective procedure for you. Contact our office today to learn more about tummy tucks or liposuction.
Las Colinas Centre For Plastic Surgery
7433 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX