While both liposuction and a tummy tuck can change the appearance of the midsection, there are some key differences between the two. Read on to learn more about these differences to help decide which treatment is right for you.
Liposuction is performed to shape and sculpt the body by eliminating pockets of fat. During a liposuction procedure, fat deposits will be removed from the targeted area for a slimmer, more contoured appearance. At K Plastic surgery, we offer a selection of liposuction techniques including tumescent liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction to meet the needs of each of our patients.
Men and women who are bothered by excess fat deposits that just won’t budge despite diet and exercise can often benefit from liposuction. Ideal candidates will have good skin elasticity, be near or at their desired body weight, and feel like their midsection is out of proportion with the rest of their figure. Overall, it is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.
Abdominoplasty also called a tummy tuck, is a procedure performed to remove excess lax skin and fat from the abdomen. Unlike liposuction, the muscles of the abdomen can be tightened during a tummy tuck, and excess abdominal skin can be removed for a slimmer, smoother abdominal appearance.
Individuals who have excess abdominal skin or fat due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or genetics can often benefit from a tummy tuck. Ideal candidates will be at or near their goal weight and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.
In many cases, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be combined to help patients achieve optimal results. If there is a need to correct excess abdominal skin and remove a significant amount of fat from the midsection, this combined approach may be an ideal solution. Overall, the best way to determine which choice is best for you is to schedule a consultation appointment.