Sometimes all the bumps and bulges on our body can obscure the beauty that rests just underneath. If those stubborn fat deposits rest in your abdominal area, and you’re eager to get rid of them, you have an important choice to make: liposuction vs tummy tuck. While they seem similar at the outset, these procedures are quite different in terms of scope, purpose, and recovery time.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or lipo, is a procedure that removes excess fat deposits in order to improve your body’s proportions and silhouette. While most often used to slim down the abdomen, thighs, or upper arms, this safe and versatile procedure can be used to slim down nearly any area on the body.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin. In many cases, this procedure also repairs weakened or broken muscles to help create a much flatter abdominal silhouette. This procedure helps patients achieve a more toned stomach.
Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
While both procedures reduce fat and produce a slimmer profile, they do so through very different methods. Before considering either procedure, you need to understand each one’s limitations and benefits. We will start by examining liposuction.
Liposuction Pros & Cons
Liposuction is best suited to removing localized fat deposits that lead to unseemly bulges. Much less invasive than a tummy tuck, liposuction rarely results in scarring or lengthy recovery times. Furthermore, lipo is much more versatile than a tummy tuck, and it can be used to treat fat deposits on the arms, chin, legs, and hips.
However, unlike tummy tucks, liposuction will not help tighten excess skin, remove excess skin, or improve the appearance of loose abdominal skin. For those reasons, tummy tucks are not ideal for patients recovering from pregnancy or abnormal amounts of weight loss. If your main issue is isolated fat deposits, liposuction may help you achieve the best results.
Tummy Tuck Pros & Cons
Tummy tucks are ideal for tightening loose abdominal muscles and removing excess abdominal skin. This procedure involves making incisions in the abdomen to manipulate slack skin and weak muscles. The tummy tuck procedure requires patients to be anesthetized and roughly two weeks of recovery time.
Less versatile than liposuctions, this procedure cannot be done anywhere but the abdominal area. If your main issue is excess skin, you may be better off going with a tummy tuck. However, we do not recommend the procedure for women who plan on having more children.
Contact Ederra Bella for a Consultation Today
Now that you have a better understanding of these procedures, call (678) 325-0006 to book a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Myla. She will help you decide what procedure is best suited for your specific needs and help your natural beauty shine all the brighter.
To see the results of prior tummy tucks and liposuctions, visit our before and after page.