If you aren’t sure whether you would benefit most from a tummy tuck or belly liposuction, you aren’t alone. Lots of people are unsure which of these two procedures would best suit their needs. Today, there are lots of options that you can choose to contour your body. It is no surprise, then, that lots of people face this dilemma when choosing the right procedure.
Both belly liposuction and tummy tucks can contour the body and give you a better silhouette and flatter stomach. However, there are some major differences between them. Here, we will look at how the two procedures are different. With the information we provide, you’ll find it easier to decide which one is right for you.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
The official name of a tummy tuck is an abdominoplasty. It is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat while trimming away loose abdominal skin. Surgeons can use the tummy tuck procedure to repair abdominal muscles that have separated. This may have occurred because of weight gain, surgery, weight loss, age or pregnancy.
While you cannot use an abdominoplasty to lose weight, it is useful in complementing fitness goals. This is because it flattens and tightens the stomach. It is a permanent way to remove unwanted fat and excess stomach skin. Nevertheless, you’ll have to achieve the right body weight before having this procedure. This will ensure you’ll be able to maintain the result afterward.
An abdominoplasty involves a general anesthetic and stitches. There is also a longer recovery time.
What Is Belly Liposuction?
Belly liposuction, like a tummy tuck, isn’t a form of weight loss procedure. Instead, it involves removing unwanted fat pockets that have proven to be resistant to exercise and diet. It complements the patient’s exercise and fitness goals by sculpting the body to achieve a flatter stomach.
Belly liposuction is a much less invasive procedure when compared with a tummy tuck. While some surgeons carry out liposuction under a general anesthetic, here at Art Lipo, we do not. We perform awake liposuction under a local anesthetic. This is safer and has a much shorter recovery time. Belly liposuction involves no stitches and there is no need to stay in the hospital afterward.
Will A Tummy Tuck Produce Better Results Than Belly Liposuction?
While some patients benefit most from a tummy tuck, many only require belly liposuction to achieve the results they want. When you choose Art Lipo, you may discover even if you thought you’d require an abdominoplasty, this isn’t the case. Other surgeons often rush to recommend a tummy tuck. This is especially the case if a patient has a lower abdominal hang called a panniculus or pannus. The larger the hang, the more skin the surgeon needs to tighten if a full retraction is to occur. For this reason, most cosmetic surgeons prefer to carry out an abdominoplasty on larger patients.
However, Dr. Su is an expert in liposuction and has developed a very complete technique for fat removal. His skill is such that he can achieve outstanding belly liposuction results even in patients with a larger hang.
Dr. Su can sculpt the stomach so that the pannus can pull up by around 70 percent. Instead of the skin hanging down further after the procedure, in fact, the skin becomes tighter. This is a result that very few other surgeons can achieve.
Contact us today to find out whether belly liposuction or a tummy tuck is the best choice for you. We can offer you expert advice, so you can achieve the body you want and deserve.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.