How to Decide Between a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction

Whether it’s because of excess skin, fat, or a combination of both, you may be unhappy with the way your midsection looks. Being unhappy with the way you look and feel can be extremely frustrating and damaging to your self-confidence. It’s especially frustrating when you’ve tried diet and exercise and still can’t seem to achieve the results you want.

After a bit of trial and error, you’ve found yourself ready to take a different approach with more guaranteed results. In fact, you likely found our site because you’ve been researching either a tummy tuck or liposuction —maybe even both.

Liposuction and tummy tucks are both cosmetic surgery options designed to give you a slimmer, more toned, and tighter figure. Though both can help you shrink your midsection, each one is designed for a specific purpose. Depending on your body type and goals, you may be a better candidate for one over the other, or you may benefit from both of these procedures.

Use this guide as an introduction to tummy tucks and liposuction, and contact your cosmetic surgeon when you’re ready to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals.

When Liposuction is the Answer

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures among both men and women. Its main benefit is that it actually gives you the ability to pinpoint an area on your body with excess fat and remove it almost instantly. Thanks to the introduction of water-powered liposuction such as Aqualipo, there is now a much safer, gentler way to remove unwanted fat than it was decades ago.

Liposuction isn’t designed to be a replacement for proper diet and exercise. This is because it’s not a weight loss procedure—though some weight loss is a given, due to the fat removed. An ideal candidate should be someone who is already in relatively good health and has been unable to shed the fat around their midsection through other measures.

When a Tummy Tuck is the Answer

Due to the aging process or significant weight loss, you may experience skin sagging and wrinkling—especially around your midsection. If your skin hasn’t been able to bounce back to better fit your new size, it can be frustrating and embarrassing.

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to get rid of excess skin around your midsection. Your doctor will remove the excess skin around your tummy, resulting in a much tighter and firmer tone and texture. This is not a fat loss or a weight loss procedure, so it will not drastically change your body type. It can, however, give you the flat tummy and confidence that you desire.

When You Might Want to Consider Both

Liposuction and tummy tucks are both commonly performed on their own, but some patients choose to have both done in order to achieve the look they’re going for. If you want to lose excess fat, while tightening up the skin in the process, your doctor may be able to do both at the same time. Many women even take another step by combining a tummy tuck and liposuction with a breast augmentation. This combination is known as a Mommy Makeover and is a way for women to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies.

Interested in learning more? Contact us with any questions or concerns.

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