When you are researching cosmetic surgical treatments targeting your abdomen area, you will likely end up comparing tummy tuck vs. liposuction. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that offers similar results to liposuction improving your stomach area. We are here to understand the differences and similarities between these two procedures.
What Is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?
Tummy tuck, also referred to as “abdominoplasty”, and liposuction called “liposculpture”, are two popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Both of them are designed to improve the appearance of your stomach to make it flatter, tighter, and toner. However, the treatments provide different results and have different risks. In this article, we will focus on tummy tuck vs. liposuction.
To summarize, here is the main differences between these two abdominal surgical procedures:
Tummy tuck removes excess skin in the lower part of the abdomen or stomach, which is resistant to diet and exercise.
Liposuction only removes fat in the stomach area or other areas of your body.
Therefore, the choice depends on the patients’ needs; and by examining the patient a surgeon is able to recommend whether someone is a candidate for liposuction alone or liposuction combined with a tummy tuck.
To learn more about the tummy tuck and the liposuction treatments, to understand which one is right for you, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.
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Above you can see a SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics’ patient’s before and after tummy tuck and liposuction photos.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Here are a few factors that make one a good candidate for these two procedures.
Healthy body weight
Individuals with optimistic goals in mind
Individuals within around 30% of their ideal body weight
Elastic skin and strong muscular tone
No life-threatening illness or medical conditions history
Bothered by excess fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise
What Are the Expected Results?
Although, both tummy tuck and liposuction have similar goals (which is a flatter stomach), tummy tucks often provide more permanent and long-lasting results than a liposuction:
After the tummy tuck procedure, the abdominal muscles get stronger. The results are permanent unless you get pregnant or gain weight.
After liposuction, you get a proportional, flatter stomach that is achieved after recovery from the treatment. You will lose around 10 to 30 pounds of fat. However, a healthy diet and exercise are important to keep the effect.
Above all, both procedures require realistic expectations about weight loss in order to keep you motivated and inspired during your weight loss journey.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Process
Whatever you choose, a tummy tuck, a liposuction or a combination of both, you will be offered general anesthesia to go through the procedure.
During the tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon will make an incision under your abdomen area to gain access to the abdomen muscles. Those muscles will get tightened by sewing them together. Excess tissues will be then removed.
Liposuction aims to remove fat with a special tool through tiny incisions in the target area. Taking this into account, many patients consider a combination of these two procedures.
Tummy Tuck Vs. Liposuction: What’s the Recovery Process Like?
Most patients with a tummy tuck are fully recovered within about 6 weeks and need a doctor’s consultation before returning to work and social activity. The side effects of tummy tuck surgery, such as pain, swelling, and bruising, will slowly disappear in 3-4 weeks.
After surgery, your surgeon will provide you with a “belly binder” to wear in order to additionally support your abdomen during the healing process. Besides, you should avoid any position that requires an extension of the abdomen or bending backward, which can put too much strain on the incision.
The liposuction recovery is relatively fast. It takes about two to three weeks to heal from the surgery (depending on how small or large the treated areas are). Again, it’s required to get the doctor’s permission before continuing work and social activity. Expected side effects of the liposuction procedure are swelling, bleeding, soreness, numbness.
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Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer tummy tuck and liposuction treatments for men and women in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. To learn more about fat transfers, contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.