Liposuction or Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). Which is Right for You?


For people looking to reduce the size of their midsection, they often wonder which procedure would be better for them - Liposuction or Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck).

Here is a quick review of each procedure:
Liposuction: Liposuction is excellent for moderate shaping of problem areas. Midsection liposuction is recommended for patients who are less than 30% over their recommended weight but have a concern about fat accumulating around their midsection. For moms who want to improve their post-pregnancy body, they can get dramatic improvement from liposuction. Liposuction generally is most effective for patients with healthy skin who are under the age of 60 because after this age, skin is less resilient. If a patient has a lot of stretch marks, this is an indication that the skin is damaged, so the skin may not respond as well to liposuction alone. But, for some patients, liposuction alone provides enough improvement that a Tummy Tuck isn't necessary.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck): When exercise and weight control are not producing the desired results for a well-toned abdomen, a Tummy Tuck can be a great solution to help a patient reach his/her goals. Sometime people with normal body weight suffer from a protruding abdomen of loose and sagging skin. The most common causes of this condition are pregnancy, aging, heredity, prior surgery or significant weight loss. A Tummy Tuck removes excess skin and fat from the midsection, creating a more flattering figure. It can also restore separated or weakened muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. Before a Tummy Tuck, liposuction may also be performed in order to remove the excess fat.

Tummy Tucks are often performed on moms because pregnancy can cause stretching of the abdominal wall which negatively impacts the muscles. The result is a protruding abdomen as the abdomen loses its ability to support the internal structures. During a Tummy Tuck, the plastic surgeon can repair muscles permanently by attaching the central muscles in the abdomen. This both flattens the belly and reduces the circumference of the waist. After repairing the muscles, the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin, leaving a finely contoured figure.

Each procedure is capable of creating a slimmer, more contoured body, but it is important to remember that diet and exercise will still be necessary to maintain the new body contour achieved through liposuction or a Tummy tuck. For those who maintain this healthy lifestyle, the benefits of each of these procedures can last a lifetime.

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Phoenix Plastic Surgeon