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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right for Me?

A woman's bare midriffMany people dream about having a taut, trim, and toned stomach. That’s easier said than done, though Dr. Mark A. Deuber can help. Countless individuals in the greater Dallas, TX area have come to our practice for liposuction of the stomach and love handles and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Both procedures are effective at sculpting the stomach.

But which one is right for you?

Let’s compare liposuction and the tummy tuck and discuss how these surgeries differ and what they can achieve.

About Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic fat removal surgery. The procedure targets pockets of body fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Thanks to liposuction, the last bits of fat that won’t go away can be carefully suctioned from the body, resulting in a flatter tummy and the elimination of love handles.

The Liposuction Procedure

The procedure involves the use of a thin, hollow metal tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin to suction out unwanted body fat. Given the nature of the cannula, incision sizes are small and scarring is difficult to notice.

When Is Liposuction the Right Option?

Liposuction is ideal for people who are struggling to lose their love handles or the little bulge of the lower belly. These are two of the last problem areas where fat resides. Losing these last bulges can be difficult, especially since spot reduction is a myth.

About Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that removes loose skin from the abdominal region. This is a typical issue following major weight loss. The skin of the belly expands a great deal, but it can only shrink back so far naturally. To remove that loose skin, surgery is necessary.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

The procedure involves a lateral incision that spans from hipbone to hipbone along the lower abdomen. An incision is also often made around the belly button so it can be repositioned if necessary. Variations on these incisions can be used if patients require more skin removal or less skin removal.

Through the tummy tuck incisions, the underlying structure of the abdomen can be revised and the loose skin removed. The remaining skin is tightened to eliminate drooping and stretch marks.

When Is Tummy Tuck the Right Option?

The tummy tuck is ideal for people who’ve experienced major changes to body contour after extreme weight loss. This includes people who’ve undergone bariatric surgery as well as people who’ve lost the weight through natural means.

In addition, a tummy tuck may be recommended for mothers after childbirth. It’s a common part of mommy makeovers, which refers to a combination of body contouring procedures for women after pregnancy.

Creating a Body Contouring Plan for You

Now that you know the differences between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, you may have an idea of which surgery is right for you. During your visit to our practice, we can discuss both of these body contouring procedures in much greater detail. Our goal is to help you get the surgery that’s ideal for your needs.

Learn More About Body Contouring Options

For more information about body contouring and skin tightening treatments, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Deuber and his team look forward to your visit.

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