What to Consider When Choosing Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

The tummy or midsection is one of the most troublesome spots for toning down and firming up, for both women and men. Even if you commit every spare moment to crunches or planks and watch every morsel of food you eat, you can still wind up with a flabby belly. That’s pretty discouraging.

But there is some good news: Dr. Craig A. Foster offers both liposuction surgery and tummy tuck procedures to help women and men treat that troublesome tummy area, removing excess fat and tightening up the belly and waist contours so you look slimmer and leaner and feel more confident. But just because both procedures are used in the abdominal area doesn’t mean they’re the same. In fact, these two procedures work in entirely different ways. And in order to get the results you’re looking for, you need to determine which one is the better option for you.

Liposuction surgery

Liposuction is extremely popular among both men and women. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about a quarter million people have liposuction procedures every year in the U.S. During a liposuction procedure, Dr. Foster makes one or two small incisions in your belly, then inserts a long, flexible, hollow “tube” called a cannula. The cannula has a blunt tip, and once inserted, it helps break apart fatty tissue before suctioning it out. A special liquid is also used to break up fat deposits and help seal small blood vessels to reduce bleeding and postoperative swelling. In some cases, laser energy also may be used to break up fat deposits, which is a technique called laser-assisted liposuction. Even though liposuction removes fat, it’s not intended as a weight-loss procedure, and it’s most effective when you’re at or near your ideal weight.

Tummy tuck surgery

Getting rid of excess fat is an important part of getting that flatter, more toned midsection you’ve been longing for. But sometimes, it’s not the fat that’s causing the problem but the excess, saggy skin around your belly area. If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight around your middle or if you’ve been pregnant (especially more than once), your belly skin may not “bounce back” the way you’d like it to. Even though you may have the contours you want and you’re at your ideal weight, that loose, flabby skin can wind up hiding your underlying muscle, leaving you looking less toned and fit.

If loose belly skin is your primary concern, a tummy tuck could be a great option to help you get the sleek, slim contours you want. Also called abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery uses special techniques to remove excess skin so your tummy looks tighter. Plus, depending on your needs, Dr. Foster can also repair and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles that might have become weak due to age, years of being overweight, or pregnancy. One important fact to remember: Just as liposuction surgery does not address skin laxity, a tummy tuck is not intended to remove a lot of fat. If you have both excess fat and loose skin, you might consider the next option.

Liposuction and tummy tuck combined

While some people may have just excess fat or just loose skin in their belly area, plenty of men and women have both. One of the best things about both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery is that because they treat different problems, they can be used together to achieve both fat loss and skin toning and tightening. Many of Dr. Foster’s patients combined liposuction and abdominoplasty, opting to have both surgeries completed at the same time to finally get the defined contours they want while undergoing a single surgery session.

Tummy tuck vs. liposuction: Which is right for you?

You might think you know which option is the better choice, but there’s a lot more to the decision than just looking in a mirror. Having a consultation with Dr. Foster is the first step toward making sure the treatment you select will help you get the results you’re looking for. To schedule your consultation, contact the practice today.

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