Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction – Which is Right for Me
August 17, 2015
Many people struggle with maintaining their ideal weight. A lot of people still carry excess weight around their hips and weight despite their best efforts of eating healthy and exercising regularly. At Transformations Plastic Surgery, we offer cosmetic treatments that are designed to combat these areas of stubborn body fat – tummy tuck and liposuction are among the most common. While they are similar procedures, they are not the same. The right choice for you is dependent on your specific needs and goals.
Tummy Tucks vs. Liposuction
These two highly popular surgeries are used to eliminate unwanted belly bulges, yet they’re very different as well. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) involves removing excess skin from the lower region of the abdomen while tightening the skin along the upper region of the abdomen. Furthermore, the surgery itself works to tighten up your inner girdle, which results in a much flatter midsection area.
On the other hand, liposuction works to eliminate fat deposits using a series of tiny incisions with a shallow, sterilized steel tube and suction system, quite similar to the way a standard vacuum cleaner works. Liposuction targets certain areas that appear to be immune to regular exercise and diet, such as the lower abdomen, outer thighs, and hips.
When Should You Get a Tummy Tuck?
A standard tummy tuck can be an extensive surgery that many people simply don’t want to endure, although at times it’s the best option available in some cases. If a person is burdened by the following, then a tummy tuck is usually the better option:
- An unusually large amount of skin and fat around the belly area
- Severely stretched abdomen muscles
- Considerable stretch marks
- A high degree of skin laxity around the lower abdominals
A tummy tuck will create a flat belly appearance by literally stretching out your skin and tightening up your inner girdle. The surgery has the ability to smooth out tired skin, diminish stretch marks, and generate toned, firm abs that will instantly boost your overall self-confidence.
When Should You Get Liposuction?
Liposuction is appropriate for people who are generally close to their ideal body weight with reasonably good muscle tone in their abdomen area. Essentially, liposuction works to remove excess fat from underneath the skin as well as above the stomach muscles, which greatly helps reduce key problem areas. However, it’s not the ideal solution for people who are obese or overweight and want to instantly drop some pounds. This is due to the fact that it’s harmful to the body to lose that much fat in one day. But, it is a practical solution in targeting key trouble areas for anyone who may be obese and needs help.
Which is Right for You?
At Transformations Plastic Surgery, our medical team will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment for you needs. We’ll review you aesthetic concerns and goals and create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact Transformations Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.