Are you considering liposuction or a tummy tuck to transform your body and regain your confidence? Liposuction is the 2nd-most popular cosmetic surgery overall, while tummy tucks are the 4th-most popular for women. When considering either of these popular plastic surgery procedures, it’s essential to seek a double board-certified surgeon who possesses years of experience and skill in these procedures.
In this article, I will compare liposuction and tummy tucks and which of these are the best solution for your individual needs and goals. If you are looking for more information on our practice before we delve deeper, see Stark MD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic treatment that suctions extra fat from the body from areas such as the abdomen. Many of my liposuction patients eat healthily and exercise, but nothing can provide results like liposuction when it comes to the stubborn fat on the abs.
Liposuction is not designed for weight loss, but I find it excellent to eliminate exercise-resistant fat pockets that develop in the midsection.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes extra, saggy, and stretched skin from the stomach to give patients a tighter and flatter abdomen. A tummy tuck also can repair stretched or weakened abdominal muscles which is a frequent issue after pregnancy.
Aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss can leave flaps of skin in the abdominal area. In this situation, liposuction often does not work because the problem is more extra skin than fat. This is an example of when a tummy tuck is best suited.
Liposuction Or Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction and a tummy tuck can both provide outstanding results to make your abdomen and stomach ‘lean and mean’. Many patients come to me wanting one of these procedures but after discussing and giving them a physical examination, they need the other procedure.
Figuring out which option is best for you comes down to this issue: extra skin versus extra fat.
Belly Fat vs Extra Skin
Many patients come to me struggling to achieve a flat stomach and abdomen. It is a frequent problem and it gets more complicated as we get older. Fat distribution varies by the individual and is affected by lifestyle, gender, genetics and age.
Women often notice more fat accumulating around the waist after they enter menopause. Clinical studies show this problem is connected to changing estrogen levels in the body.
Lifestyle, genetics, and aging also are involved in our skin elasticity. Skin elasticity refers to how your skin can keep a tight, taut shape and resist gravity. When the skin stretches from age, weight, or pregnancy, it can sag. Losing more weight and eating a proper diet cannot change sagging skin. It can make the problem worse!
Which Procedure Is Right For You?
When patients seek either procedure, my recommendation is based on their goals and physical examination. Ideal candidates for liposuction have the following characteristics:
- Good health and close to their ideal body weight
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t have sagging and loose skin in the abdominal area
- Have good-to-excellent skin elasticity
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck have these characteristics:
- Good health and close to their ideal body weight
- Have sagging and flabby skin in the abdominal area
- Have minimal extra fat in the abdominal area
- Have completed their last pregnancy
- Will consider a plastic surgery procedure that involves a more prolonged recovery
I find that patients under 40 are the best candidates for liposuction because they have superior skin elasticity. Patients who are 45 or older may benefit more from a tummy tuck; this procedure can tighten separated or weakened abdominal muscles. Weakened abdominal muscles can be a result of age or pregnancy.
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck Results
Liposuction and a tummy tuck can give you a smooth, flatter stomach with outstanding long-term results. However, gaining weight in the future will affect the results of both procedures.
Liposuction permanently sucks out extra fat from your body, and it will not return to the abdomen unless you gain weight. Many of my patients are so thrilled with their liposuction results that it encourages them to eat healthier and exercise more – great!
Tummy tuck results are permanent unless you get pregnant again or regain enough weight that re-stretches the abdominal wall. Extra skin is removed permanently by a tummy tuck, but note there will be a visible scar along the lower abdomen. With enough time this scar often fades.
The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to talk to me in a complimentary consultation. After I review your goals, medical history, and physical examination results, I will offer you a tailored treatment plan.
More About The Practice
Dr. Ran Stark is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in the Philadelphia area. After medical school, he completed 10 years of plastic surgery training which culminated in a one-year aesthetic surgery fellowship under Dr. Louis Bucyk.
Dr. Stark graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University. There, he received several awards, including the Hillel Nathan Award for Academic Excellence in Anatomy.
He finished his plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, and he completed more than1,000 plastic surgeries, including many tummy tucks and liposuction procedures.
Dr. Stark possesses the finesse, experience, and skill to perform liposuction and tummy tuck procedures with outstanding results and minimal scarring. He looks forward to speaking to you soon about your cosmetic surgery goals.
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