Even though tummy tuck surgery and liposuction both help improve abdominal appearance, they do so by addressing very different cosmetic issues. While liposuction removes excess fat, tummy tuck surgery targets loose skin and separated abdominal muscles. Patients interested in either of these cosmetic surgeries should first discuss their options with an experienced plastic surgeon, but here’s a brief overview of the main differences between tummy tuck and liposuction.
Liposuction utilizes a small tube attached to a suction device or syringe to permanently remove unwanted fat cells. The fat cells are removed from the body through small, barely noticeable incisions, so it leaves less scaring than tummy tuck surgery. Even though fat deposits can localize in the upper and lower abdomen, the lower abdomen has less fibrous abdominal fat. This means that liposuction is typically more successful at addressing fat tissue contained in the lower abdomen.
Tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure than liposuction, as it often requires an incision from hipbone to hipbone. However the size of the incision depends on how much excess skin tissue needs to be removed. During a full tummy tuck, surgeons remove the excess skin and tighten the separated abdominal muscles to better contour the patient’s midsection. Patients with smaller amounts of excess skin tissue can opt for a mini-tummy tuck instead.
Some patients achieve the best body contouring results through a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. During a combination surgery, a cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat cells while simultaneously tightening the loose skin and abdominal muscles. Scheduling both procedures at once can help patients save time and avoid the discomfort of undergoing two separate procedures. However, patients need to first consult with their surgeon to make sure combination treatment is the safest option for their body type.
Barbara L. Persons, MD of Persons Plastic Surgery strives to be the best provider of cosmetic surgery in the East Bay Area. If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck and liposuction, call us at (925) 297-4614. We are committed to excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.
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