Do I Need a Tummy Tuck or Just Liposuction?

Posted on:  by Dr. Edward Eades in Blog

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tummy, there are two main options for correction in the field of plastic surgery: tummy tucks and liposuction. Both are very effective in improving the appearance of the abdominal area but work in different ways. Understanding the difference between the two procedures is very important when considering correction of the midsection.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that removes unwanted body fat. A power assisted cannula attached to a suction pump is used to remove stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Typical treatment areas include the abdomen, thighs, knees and buttocks. The improvements in body contour achieved with liposuction are long lasting. Good candidates for liposuction are people whose weight is stable and have good skin elasticity.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A classic, full tummy tuck uses a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen and one around the navel. Excess skin is removed and loose abdominal muscles are tightened. The loose skin removed is typically the result of weight gain followed by weight loss, pregnancy or genetic laxity.

In patients whose problems are limited to the area below the belly button a mini tummy tuck is performed. With this body enhancement procedure only the lower abdominal incision is necessary. The excess skin is removed and the lower abdominal muscles tightened.

In cases where there is excess fat, excess skin and loose abdominal muscles, liposuction and a tummy tuck are necessary for full correction.

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Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Eades is the best way to learn more about plastic surgery procedures and how they can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Call us today at 520-704-9113 to schedule.

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