Both liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are commonly used to enhance the contours of the abdomen and the surrounding areas of the body. Before you choose to receive one or both of these treatments, however, you need to consider their key differences. While some patients choose to receive a tummy tuck by itself, liposuction may offer some additional benefits. Below, we’ll take a look at your options to aid you in making your decision.
The Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The tummy tuck procedure, also called an abdominoplasty, is a comprehensive surgical treatment that reshapes the contours of the stomach. The treatment is focused on the front of the abdominal region. During a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed and tightened. The abdominal muscles are also tightened to produce a more toned physique. While results can be significant, the treatment does not address the surrounding areas, including common problem areas like love handles. Liposuction, on the other hand, is a versatile fat reduction treatment that can be used on many areas of the body. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from the stomach as well as surrounding areas, including the flanks and love handles. However, in contrast to a tummy tuck, liposuction does not address loose or excess skin.
Combining a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
By combining a tummy tuck with liposuction, you can address fat both in the abdomen and in the surrounding areas of the body. This means you can achieve more widespread fat reduction. You also get all of the skin tightening benefits of a tummy tuck, leaving your figure more toned and defined.
In addition to the obvious benefits you’ll notice in the mirror, combining the two procedures offers added convenience and improves the treatment experience. Since the two treatments can be safely combined, patients can receive both procedures in a single surgery. This reduces your recovery period and allows your surgeon to be more efficient, eliminating the needs for post-surgical drains.
Which is Right for Me?
Ultimately, combining liposuction with a tummy tuck procedure will produce more comprehensive results and a more convenient treatment process. However, you may want to discuss your treatment goals with your doctor to determine if this approach is right for you. If you have any questions, you can contact us today at Buinewicz Plastic Surgery.