Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck Pictures

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Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and liposuction are both procedures used to improve the contours of the body, but serve two different purposes.

They are often performed together to achieve the desired result.

Abdominoplasty is a procedure performed to remove excess skin and tighten the muscles that have been damaged from pregnancy or massive weight gain/loss.

Liposuction is a procedure performed to remove unwanted excess fat. When performed together, your plastic surgeon can create a smooth, flattering contour.

If you are just concerned about excess fat on your lower abdomen, you may be a candidate for either liposuction or a mini tummy tuck depending on the laxity of your skin. It is best to meet with your plastic surgeon to discuss which procedure is right for you. (Tarick K. Smiley, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)

Liposuction is used to remove fat. It can be excellent in reshaping the body if that is all that is needed. One would want to do the least invasive procedure if it can be effective for that particular patient.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is used to remove tissue (fat and skin) that is redundant and that cannot be otherwise improved. At the time of the tummy tuck, a repair of the rectus muscle is usually done.

This muscle is often stretched out during pregnancy. The muscle is put back where it once was, and this usually gives a nice, less protuberant shape. (Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS, Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon)

Enlargement of the abdomen is a problem that can be treated by different methods dependent upon the etiology. If there is plenty of visceral fat the patient must eat correctly and exercise as there is no surgery for this type of obesity.

If the obesity is in the subcutaneous and deep subcutaneous areas then liposuction or abdominoplasty or a combination of the two is indicated. (Thomas Guillot, MD, Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon)

Patients come in a variety of shapes and sizes and with a number of concerns. If your skin has retained its elasticity and does not have too many stretch marks, liposuction alone may do the trick.

In my practice, liposuction is included in ALL of my patient’s tummy tucks. We do this because we strongly feel that liposuction helps us achieve results we otherwise cannot get with a tummy tuck alone.

When choosing a doctor, make sure that they are a board certified plastic surgeon and also talk at length with them about their technique and their tummy tuck approach. Carefully review photos to get an idea of what they think makes a tummy beautiful. (Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS, Miami Plastic Surgeon)

Tummy Tucks and Liposuction do Two Totally Different Things……

The easiest way to look at the two procedures is: Tummy Tucks are done to tighten (remove) excess skin. Usually after having babies or losing a lot of weight. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat, providing a slimming effect and improving shape.

Many people just need liposuction. This works beautifully if you have tight skin. Of the patients I see who have a Tummy Tuck, about 98% of them choose to have liposuction at the same time to not only get a flatter and tighter stomach, but to also obtain the shape that they have always dreamed of. (Daniel P. Markmann, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)

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