For many people, the loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen is a source of self-consciousness and insecurity. The fat around the abdomen can be incredibly difficult to get rid of, despite excellent diet and exercise routines.
If you are suffering from having excess fat and skin around the abdomen, you may be considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or liposuction procedure.
“The difference between a liposuction procedure and a tummy tuck is the amount and type of tissue that is removed,” says Dr. Douglas Hendricks in Newport Beach, California.
Liposuction focuses on excess fat. During a liposuction cosmetic surgery procedure, excess fat is removed with a cannula, providing you with a better-contoured body. Liposuction is generally used when people are concerned with specific areas of the body that have extra fat that is resistant to both exercise and diet. Although liposuction will tighten the skin in the area slightly, it will not correct stretch marks or loose, excess skin.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that people choose to have to correct both excess fat and loose skin in the abdomen region. Tummy tuck procedures can correct stretch marks, excess skin, and over-extended or stretched stomach muscles. During a tummy tuck, skin and fat is removed from the abdomen, and the muscles in the abdomen are surgically tightened.
Tummy tuck and liposuction procedures are both excellent body-contouring options for the right candidates. If you are unsatisfied with your abdomen because you have excess skin and fat, then a tummy tuck may be the best option for you. If you would like to have a better-contoured body, with little or no excess skin or stretch marks, then liposuction may the option you are looking for.
“The best way to determine if you are good candidate for liposuction or a tummy tuck is to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon,” says Dr. Hendricks.
During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will listen to your goals, what you would like to look like, and what is bothering you with your body. Then, they will evaluate your body and help you determine exactly what should be done to provide you with the body you want.