So, you’re unhappy with the way your tummy looks. Maybe you’ve been trying for months to lose some extra fat to no avail. Maybe you’ve lost a significant amount of weight after having a baby or other lifestyle changes and are stuck with loose, sagging skin. The tummy is one of the most common problem areas among women of all ages—due to lifestyle factors, genetics, or other causes.
If your tummy is causing you grief and lowering your self-confidence, you may be looking into different plastic surgery procedures to help you achieve the tight and toned look you desire. There are two procedures that are the most effective at helping you improve the look and feel of your midsection: a tummy tuck and liposuction.
Each of these procedures is designed for a specific purpose, and each has its benefits over the other. Depending on your concerns and aesthetic goals, one may be much more effective than the other. In some cases, you may want to consider having both a tummy tuck and liposuction performed. Learn more about each below and contact your cosmetic surgeon to discuss your specific needs and concerns.
Overview of and Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is designed to eliminate excess skin around your midsection. Typically, an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who has lost a significant amount of weight—due to getting in shape or after having children. Another ideal candidate could be someone who has lost skin elasticity due to the natural aging process.
During a tummy tuck procedure, your doctor will remove the excess skin around your midsection, resulting in a tighter, firmer tummy. While you may lose some weight because of the skin being removed, a tummy tuck is not going to drastically alter your body shape and size. It will, however, give you the flat and smooth tummy you desire.
Overview of and Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction is designed to help get rid of excess fat in your problem areas. For many women, this means around the tummy. An ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who has tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but can’t seem to get rid of a problem area on her body. Candidates should be at a relatively steady weight and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
During a liposuction procedure for your abdomen, your doctor will remove unwanted fat from your midsection, resulting in a more toned and contoured look. While a procedure like liposuction will involve some tightening of the skin, it may not be sufficient in the case of loose and sagging skin.
When You’d Want Both a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
While both tummy tucks and liposuction are popular procedures on their own, some women choose to combine the two to achieve the end results they desire. You and your doctor or medical consultant can discuss your specific concerns to see if combining the two procedures would be the best fit for your body and aesthetics goals. Or you may choose to go one step further and opt for a Mommy Makeover procedure, allowing you to not only eliminate excess fat and tighten the loose skin left over from giving birth, but also to give your breasts a much-needed lift.