Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

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Tummy tuck or liposuction? That seems to be the million dollar question for some. Men and women across Toronto and Canada are searching for ways to look and feel beautiful. We all want a slender, contoured body that accentuates our natural curves and figure. "Excess fat, whether from dieting, genetics or aging, can have a big impact on our appearance and confidence," explains Dr. Ali Adibfar, one of the best surgeons in Toronto plastic surgery. "Fat accumulation around the midsection is particularly troublesome for many as it completely alters a person's body image and figure."

Fat that builds up around the midsection is a common occurrence for many men and women; regardless of age. But hope isn't lost because the Toronto plastic surgery industry is helping people get the body they want. Fat accumulation can make us feel lethargic and may even make us have negative thoughts about our body.

"While nutrition, diet and exercise is an important part of a healthy body, sometimes it just won't do the trick," says Dr. Adibfar, a leader in the plastic surgery industry. "People who can't get the ideal body shape they want by eating healthy and exercising can redefine their beauty with the help of a plastic surgeon."
We know that tummy tucks and liposuction procedures can deliver amazing, long-lasting results. But how do you know which one is right for you? Luckily you don't have to know the answer. That's why it's important to partner with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can tailor a surgical approach that helps you get rid of that stubborn fat and achieve the results you want.

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?"These two procedures are very common and highly effective when it comes to removing fat and creating beautiful contours," explains Dr. Adibfar, the medical director of one of Toronto's best medical spas. "There are several factors that we take into consideration when determining whether we use a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure to deliver the results our patients expect."

We start by assessing your midsection and learning about your body's characteristics. It isn't just as simple as picking at random. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two very different plastic surgery procedures. In order to be highly effective, we need to select the right procedure for your unique body.

Choosing between a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure depends on the presence of excess fat, loose skin, cellulite and your abdominal muscles. During our in-depth consultation phase, we'll review a variety of things that will help us make the perfect recommendation for you. This includes muscle strength, overall health, skin quality and skin laxity."These are certain things that the average person can't assess when they're researching which procedure is best for them," says Dr. Adibfar. "That's why we invest so much time in reviewing each individual patient. It's about understanding their body and helping educate them so they can make the best decision possible."

Different people require different procedures to receive the results they want. For example, a woman who has strong abdominal muscles, great skin tone and excess abdominal fat could see great results with just liposuction. However, if a woman has loose skin, cellulite, stretch marks and weak stomach muscles, a tummy tuck procedure is probably the best choice. This is because a tummy tuck can address the loose skin and cellulite and abdominal muscle laxity appropriately, where liposuction can't.

"Liposuction is a much less invasive procedure, which is why it has gained widespread popularity over the last several decades," says Dr. Adibfar. "But when thinking about a tummy tuck or liposuction, it's important to understand that liposuction falls short when it comes to tightening skin. Our team always looks for the least invasive option first."

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Everyone is Different
Each person's body, attributes and characteristics are unique. That's why we believe there's no "one-size-fits-all" approach when it comes to any plastic surgery treatment. Our team spends a considerable amount of time learning about your body so we can make the best recommendation possible, whether it's a tummy tuck or liposuction or even a combination of both procedures.

See Yourself: Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
While it takes time to assess your specific needs and body composition, below are three common cases that you may see yourself in. Let's take a closer look at the reasons we may recommend a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure.

Sample Patient 1
  • A female with great skin condition, no wrinkles, no stretch marks, no cellulite and no excessive laxity
  • Strong abdominal/stomach muscles
  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Tummy tuck or liposuction? Liposuction

Sample Patient 2
  • A male with good skin
  • Some excess fat around the midsection
  • Bulging occurring below the belly button
  • Tummy tuck or liposuction? Liposuction may likely deliver the results they want. But we would assess the bulge in detail as it may signal the need for muscle tightening, which liposuction cannot deliver.

Sample Patient 3
  • A female, post pregnancy, with poor skin quality, wrinkles, some stretch marks and cellulite
  • Skin has considerable laxity
  • Excess fat build up around the abdomen
  • Weak abdominal/stomach muscles, which is common among women who have had children
  • Tummy tuck or liposuction? A tummy tuck is required, but liposuction may be included during the procedure to deliver the best results.

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Here are Your Next Steps
Do you have excess fat accumulating around your midsection? Can you not achieve the results you want with a healthy diet and exercise? Contact our trusted Toronto plastic surgery team today to book a consultation and determine whether a tummy tuck or liposuction is the right approach to help you reach your beauty goals.

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