Is liposuction more expensive than a tummy tuck?
You’re probably deciding between liposuction if you’re looking for a cosmetic procedure that will give you a flatter stomach. Liposuction and a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) are two surgical treatments that remove excess fat and improve the look of the abdomen, resulting in a leaner and more beautiful figure.
So, which is the best option for you? There are a few things to think about, but the best approach to figure out whether liposuction or a stomach tuck is right for you is to book a consultation with a reputable cosmetic surgeon. The surgeon will listen to your goals, assess your body and medical history, and then utilize their knowledge to recommend the best treatment for your needs during that session. If you’re not ready to schedule a consultation yet, keep reading to discover more about the differences between liposuction and a belly tuck.
What Is Liposuction and How Does It Work?
Liposuction is a procedure that eliminates excess fat from problem areas on the body, such as the chin, arms, hips, back, thighs, and abdomen. Liposuction is not a “weight loss” procedure, and all liposuction patients should be in reasonably good physical shape. The fat pockets that will be eliminated are in places where exercise and nutrition are ineffective. In the target area, a small incision will be made, and a tube called a cannula will be placed into the incision to suck out extra fat.
What Is a Tummy Tuck and How Does It Work?
A tummy tuck is a surgical operation that tightens abdominal muscles and removes extra skin, fat, and tissue from the stomach for a more toned abdomen. Weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can cause the skin and tissue around the stomach to grow, thus a tummy tuck seeks to remove any unsightly hanging skin. An incision will be made from hip to hip, across the entire stomach, during a tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles will be tightened and toned, resulting in a flat, firm stomach. Excess tissue, skin, and fat will be eliminated, and the abdominal muscles will be tightened and toned. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with a stomach tuck in some circumstances to eliminate excess fat.
Candidates for Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
While both liposuction and belly tuck applicants want to lose weight in their waist, there are some major differences between the perfect candidate for liposuction and the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck. Candidates for liposuction should have an undesired excess of fat that refuses to go away despite diet and exercise. A tummy tuck candidate not only has extra fat in their core, but also excess skin and tissue around their stomach that they want removed. Pregnancy, extreme weight gain or loss, and aging can all cause loose, hanging skin around the middle, which a tummy tuck would remove to give patients a flat stomach.
Results of Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Both liposuction and a belly tuck provide incredible, long-term benefits. Liposuction removes fat from the stomach area, resulting in a flatter, more proportional midsection. Because the surgery totally removes existing fatty tissue from the stomach, the results of liposuction are permanent. If the patient gains weight, though, additional fatty tissue can form.
A tummy tuck results in a midsection that is smaller, firmer, and more toned. The abdominal wall will be substantially stronger, resulting in a flatter waistline when combined with the removal of extra skin and fat. A tummy tuck’s outcomes are permanent, but weight gain or pregnancy can stretch the skin around the stomach and reverse the procedure’s results.
Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction Recovery
It’s only normal for a potential patient to desire to cut down on the amount of time they have to recover after a surgery. A belly tuck, on the other hand, necessitates a much longer recovery period, with patients expecting to take between 2-3 weeks off work and other activities to properly recuperate. Liposuction surgery has a substantially faster recovery time, with patients typically returning to their regular routine in 5-7 days.
Scarring from Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
During a cosmetic operation, a plastic surgeon’s goal is to reduce the appearance of any scars by carefully creating incisions so that scarring is not noticeable. However, no matter how skilled a plastic surgeon is, scarring will occur after liposuction or a belly tuck treatment.
Patients normally have very little scars at the site of the cannula incision(s) after liposuction, but these scars dissolve over time. A stomach tuck leaves a significant scar across the lower abdomen, but the incision is precisely placed throughout the procedure so that it can be easily covered. Undergarments and bathing suits will hide a belly tuck scar, thus the scar will not be noticeable as long as you are wearing clothing.
Talk to board certified Santa Monica plastic surgeon Reza Nabavian MD about liposuction today.
Reza Nabavian MD
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1180
Santa Monica, CA 90404