Each complication linked to being over weight can well be considered to be unique – just as no two people are alike. Similarly, no two people can necessarily be given the same prescription as regards the amount of fat to be removed in cubic centimeters if at all liposuction is recommended, neither can the same amount of lose skin be removed as part of the tummy tuck procedure. The situations that give rise to the distortion of the body is the key to determining the mode of treatment and there begins the entire confusion as to what to go for: Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is best for areas of localized fat where the skin is relatively taut. This is important since liposuction does not get rid of lose skin or cellulite. Latest methods of introducing large amounts of a fluid mixed with anesthetic into the tissues from which the excess fat needs to be sucked out using a narrow tube called cannula, is usually an outpatient procedure. Being a lot less complicated as compared to tummy tuck, it is definitely preferred over the latter. After surgery care is also minimal since the incisions that are made are less than half an inch long.
Tummy tuck is formally known as Abdominoplasty and this surgical procedure involves the reshaping and firming up of the abdomen. This is achieved by the removal of excess skin along with the fat below in the type of fat storing cells called the adipose tissue. The reasons are usually entirely aesthetic but at times, certain complications arising out of prior surgeries gone wrong can also be corrected using a tummy tuck. For instance, in case of a patient who has a tumor in the abdominal cavity may need a tummy tuck after the tumor is removed. In such cases, not just the skin, but also the muscles of the abdominal wall will need to be tightened. The surgery is also required in case of women whose have developed a paunch due to the abdominal skin stretching due to repeated pregnancies.
What ever be the cause a tummy tuck must be considered only when all other methods to try and get rid of the localized fat deposits have failed. This is a major surgery all said and done and the possibility of complications that can arise out of it are as high as that of any other invasive procedure. The procedure can take from one hour to five hours based on the complexity of the surgery performed. The basic procedure however remains the same; it begins with an incision being made on the abdominal area where the skin and muscles require tightening. The navel might need to be freed from this area to be sewn back later. After making the necessary adjustments, the skin flap is reattached and then the stitches are dressed. It can take a week or more to become fully mobile and continued care is necessary to avoid an infection.