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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

By The Landings Surgical Centre on October 02, 2018


Men and women who wish to eliminate stubborn fat deposits and enhance their appearance may benefit from body contouring at our Halifax, NS practice. Each treatment plan is designed according to the unique needs and goals of the individual.

Some patients may benefit from liposuction while others may be better suited for abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. Here, our team of doctors discusses liposuction vs. tummy tuck and explores the similarities and differences between the two.

Candidacy

Both liposuction and abdominoplasty appeal to individuals with similar aesthetic goals. There are, however, a few notable distinctions in terms of candidacy.

Liposuction

Liposuction is effective for removing small fat deposits which accumulate around the abdomen, hips, thighs, or buttocks. Keep in mind that this procedure is not intended for weight loss purposes. Patients should be near their goal weight when pursuing this type of treatment.

Tummy Tuck

In addition to eliminating pockets of fat, a tummy tuck also removes sagging, excess skin. Therefore, this procedure is commonly recommended for those who have stretched skin following pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Like liposuction, abdominoplasty is not intended for weight loss. If you have a BMI f over 30, you may not be eligible for this treatment.

Treatment Process

Although liposuction is typically considered less invasive than a tummy tuck, both procedures require anesthesia and incisions. We will explore the differences in the sections below.

Liposuction

To begin liposuction, your surgeon will first create small incisions in the targeted area. He or she will then insert a thin cannula through the incisions to break up the fat cells. An attached suction pump will effectively remove them.

This procedure may be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia depending on the needs of the patient.

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. To begin the procedure, an incision is made along the lower abdomen, from one hip bone to the other. Once the underlying structures are accessed, your surgeon tightens the stomach muscles to give them a toned appearance.

Next, the skin is pulled taut over the treatment area, and excess skin is carefully trimmed away. Finally, the incision is closed with stitches.

Results

The results of liposuction and abdominoplasty can be long-lasting. In fact, with proper care and maintenance, results can be permanent. However, significant weight gain can hinder or reverse the outcome of treatment.

Liposuction

Once the initial recovery is complete, patients notice a flatter, more toned appearance. If weight gain does occur, it could happen on other areas of the body that were not initially treated.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck offers permanent results, as long as patients do not gain weight or get pregnant following the procedure. The abdomen should look and feel smoother.

Contact The Landing Surgical Centre

Are you considering body contouring? If you are looking to reduce the amount of fat around the midsection, our doctors can help you determine whether liposuction or tummy tuck will deliver the results you desire. To schedule a visit, contact The Landings Surgical Centre online or call us today.

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