What’s the Difference Between a Tummy Tucks and Liposuction?

Are you dealing with fat that won’t budge with diet or exercise? If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found that it is increasingly hard to get a flat stomach. After having kids or simply getting older, having flat abs can seem like an impossible dream. Even more frustratingly, many men and women find that after working hard to achieve their goal weight, they end up with loose skin and a sagging stomach.

The good news is that you have options. With a tummy tuck or liposuction, you can have the body you have always wanted. But which option is best for you? Let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of tummy tucks or liposuction.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures done at the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery. Men and women alike love this treatment because it can target and remove fat from anywhere on your body. It’s commonly done to tackle fat from the stomach, thighs, and buttocks that just won’t budge with exercise and diet.

While it’s a great process for removing fat, it’s important to be aware that liposuction isn’t a weight loss treatment. Instead, liposuction is done create a more toned and contoured look. It’s also not an effective treatment for cellulite (although there are complimentary procedures that can be done along with liposuction to reduce cellulite).

The great thing about liposuction is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure. A liposuction treatment is done in one to three hours, depending on how many areas are being treated. You can go home the same day and be back to work within one week.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as a abdominoplasty, is done to tighten abdominal muscles and get rid of loose skin around the stomach. This procedure is commonly done after weight loss or pregnancy to restore a healthy and natural shape.

There are actually a couple of different options for an abdominoplasty. A full tummy tuck tackles the lower and upper abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is perfect for those just dealing with excess fat and loose skin below the belly button. Both options are often combined with liposuction to remove stubborn fat from the flanks, lower back and thighs to create an improved contour.

A tummy tuck is a more involved procedure than a liposuction and takes around two to three hours. The operation will leave a small scar but that can be covered by a bikini or underwear. You’ll still go back home the same day and most people return to work ten to 14 days after a tummy tuck.

While a tummy tuck is a great option after losing weight or giving birth, it’s best to wait until you are finished having children and are close to your ideal weight before having the procedure. If you do get pregnant again or lose more weight after a tummy tuck, you might find that you skin stretches back out.

Tummy Tucks vs Liposuction: Which Is Right for You?

Liposuction is a great choice if you’ve got specific areas of stubborn fat that won’t move. Liposuction can slim you down in an instant. On the other hand, if you have loose skin or stretch marks, a tummy tuck might be the best option for you. Of course, another great option is a combination of both approaches.

Want to learn more about your options? You can read all about tummy tucks and liposuctions on Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery’s website. When you are ready to chat with a doctor about your options, schedule a no-commitment chat with Dr Turner at the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery to learn more about your treatment choices.

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