Stomach fat is known for being very stubborn. Tummy tucks and liposuction are the classic ‘go to’ surgeries to remove the stubborn excess abdominal fat; however, many people are not sure which procedure will work best for them.
Many patients who desire a flatter, smoother stomach want to know the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck. Clearly, both procedures have been shown to improve the overall appearance of the belly by producing a tight, toned midsection. A tummy tuck and liposuction are two very different procedures in terms of the way the overall results are achieved.
A tummy tuck procedure, or abdominoplasty, is an ideal technique for eliminating excess belly fat while tightening up the abdominal area. The procedure itself begins with the surgeon making an incision across the patient’s lower abdomen to eliminate excess skin and to tighten loose muscles in the area. Any leftover skin is then carefully re-draped over the stomach area, which leaves a tighter, flatter stomach in general.
Getting a tummy tuck procedure is the better solution if the primary problem is stretched muscle tissue or loose skin, rather than excess fat.
A liposuction procedure is ideal for eliminating localized fatty tissue that is primarily centralized in key areas, such as bulges. Liposuction is very effective in removing stubborn excess fat while being much less invasive compared to a tummy tuck that involves general anesthesia, scarring, and a somewhat longer recovery time. It is used in various areas of the body in addition to just the abdominal area, including the butt, legs, arms, love handles, and chin.
Overall, liposuction is great for individuals who have both good muscle and skin tone, but not for people who have loose abdominal muscles or excess skin in their midriff. Liposuction naturally enhances the overall shape of a patient’s belly. It will not get rid of stretch marks, extra skin, or problems that are linked to loose stomach muscles.
Recovery Time: Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction
Tummy tucks and liposuctions both have similar recovery periods. The difference is that liposuction enables the patient to return to their normal activities much quicker. In most cases, individuals who undergo liposuction can safely return to work in just a few days, while a tummy tuck may require as much as a week off the job. Experts recommend that any strenuous physical activity be avoided for both procedures until approximately a month following surgery, which is the standard amount of time for most patients to begin feeling normal again. It is also during that time that you will visibly see the results of their tummy tuck or liposuction procedure.
Which is Right for You?
Although both kinds of procedures are perfect for contouring the body, it is very important first to figure out which key issues need to be addressed to determine the best treatment. For people who need to eliminate certain areas of excess fat, liposuction is typically the best course of action to take. On the other hand, if the patient’s issue is loose abdominal muscle or excess skin due to extreme weight loss or post-pregnancy, a tummy tuck is likely the better option.
Dr. Kenneth T. Sumida at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery will be able to help you decide what the best course of action is. Either it is for a tummy tuck or liposuction, contact us at Nuance today to schedule a consultation.