Cosmetic surgery has made leaps and bounds in recent years in giving patients the best outcomes possible. There are also many more choices, which leads patients to ask the question, “What would be best for me?”
That seems to be the question most asked about liposuction versus abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck. Which would be best for your particular situation?
If you think about your abdominal area in two ways, it will help you to see the overall picture. Firstly, think about the volume of your abdomen, and secondly, think about the skin around your abdomen. Those two things may need different procedures. Liposuction targets an area for permanent fat removal, but it is not a good choice for reshaping skin. It’s also not a good choice if there is a lot of fat present. If there is much excess skin (as in the case of lots of lost weight), then the skin will have to be surgically removed. A tummy tuck deals with excess skin and the contour of the abdomen by not only removing tissue, but by repositioning muscles (something women usually need after pregnancy).
So, a tummy tuck:
- Removes excess abdominal skin and tightens the skin that is left;
- Removes fat;
- Redistributes skin and fat from the upper to lower abdomen;
- Tightens the muscles in the abdominal wall, which flattens the stomach and pulls in the waist.
Liposuction contours fat in patients having localized fat that no amount of exercise or diet can dissipate. Candidates’ skin tones are generally good. If you have sagging skin or stretch marks, liposuction results may be less than you hoped for. Your liposuction surgeon will help you make the right decision between a tummy tuck and liposuction. They may also suggest both.
Liposuction scars are barely visible, they’re so small. That’s not so with a tummy tuck. The scar goes across your entire abdomen in your bikini line area. It is very apparent after surgery, but with the proper care it will definitely fade. Scarring differs from person to person.
Side effects and healing time
A tummy tuck is major surgery and carries risks. However, there are risks with all procedures. Liposuction procedures are simple when compared to tummy tucks, where skin and fat are removed, muscles are sutured and the side-to-side incision is either stapled or sutured shut. This is detailed, major surgery with a healing time of at least six weeks, whereas with liposuction, your down time will be much less significant. But again, the choice depends upon your personal situation.