Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction: How to Choose What’s Right for You

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Unfortunately, unwanted bumps and fatty parts of the body cannot always be fixed by dieting or exercising. Thankfully, body contouring procedures exist and can help slim and tone the figure. Liposuction and abdominoplasty – more commonly known as a Tummy Tuck – techniques are two great options and favorites amongst those having trouble getting rid of unwanted fat and saggy, excess tissue. Ultimately, both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can transform your body, but which option do you need? Which procedure should you go for? This post was created to serve as a guide to help you learn more about both procedures while also helping you understand which option is best for you. Let?s begin!

What Is Liposuction?

 
Liposuction, also known as ?lipo?, is one of the most popularized plastic surgery treatments available. This procedure involves the removal of stubborn excess fat from specific areas of the body and patients typically opt to target the thighs, abdomen, waist, and hips. It involves making small incisions in the skin and suctioning away the fatty tissue, thereby removing excess fat from these areas of the body. Liposuction is best for patients who are already near a healthy weight but need assistance trimming areas resistant to diet and exercise. If you have loose skin on your stomach or maybe your abdominal wall is stretched, then liposuction individually is not the best treatment to resolve the issue. Liposuction performed on an area with loose skin will cause more droopiness and laxity of the skin, which is why tummy tucks are often done at the same time.

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However, there are non surgical options to deal with the excess skin as well. A new Radio Frequency technology called BodyTite is now an option to tighten loose skin in the abdominal area and avoid a full tummy tuck. The recovery is much faster and the procedure is an add on to liposuction when needed. This procedure is ideal for women who do not have a diastasis of their muscles.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

 
A tummy tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin, fat, and stretch marks, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles. A typical tummy tuck procedure consists of making an incision at the bikini line from hip to hip and lifting both the skin and fat off the abdominal wall. Next, the excess skin is removed and stitches are used to tighten the abdominal wall. A great benefit of a tummy tuck is that it can provide a smooth, much flatter stomach or a shapely waist. Unlike other body contouring procedures, a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and repair weakened abdominal muscles.

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Which One Do I Need?

 
Patients with good skin that have stubborn pockets of fat and a flat abdominal will find liposuction to be the best treatment. In addition, if you are looking to just sculpt or shape certain target areas of your body, liposuction is the right choice. Typically, the best candidates for liposuction are often within 20 lbs of their ideal body weight and don?t have a history of extreme weight loss or pregnancy, which can result in excess skin. Patients who have no or little diastasis recti (space between their abdominal muscles) but have excess skin and fat are good candidates for liposuction with BodyTite. If your problem is a lot of excess skin and a significant diastasis, then a tummy tuck might be a better choice. A tummy tuck will address not just the fat layer, but also the skin and abdominal wall. Women after pregnancy can still be good candidates for just liposuction but more commonly the skin and the abdominal wall are permanently stretched and therefore best improved with a tummy tuck procedure. One thing to keep in mind is that a tummy tuck is more invasive than liposuction, meaning that recovery can be longer. In addition, tummy tuck scars can occur but the surgeon will do their best to ensure these are underneath the bikini line and out of sight.

That said, in order to get the best results, consider combining both procedures. This might be the optimal solution. In order to find out more regarding the right cosmetic procedure for you, or to get more information on both the tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, please schedule a consultation with Montreal Plastic Surgeon Dr. Perry today.