Laser Liposuction vs. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck Surgery)
Genetic factors, sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced diet, and other reasons may lead to the accumulation of unwanted fat pockets in the waist area. These fat tissues become unresponsive to diet and exercise over time, and can adversely affect an individual’s overall aesthetic appeal. Laser liposuction and tummy tuck plastic surgery are two important procedures that are designed to address the condition of an excessively heavy abdomen.
While tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a major surgery to reduce stubborn fat deposits, excise loose skin and tighten underlying weak abdominal muscles, laser liposuction is restricted only to fat reduction. Dr. Gary Motykie is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing both these procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck plastic surgery is typically performed on patients who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy abdominal figure or those who are recovering from a major weight loss. The surgeon will perform a full or partial abdominoplasty and choose an appropriate surgical technique according to the patient’s unique abdominal condition and their personal aesthetic needs.
In case of a full abdominoplasty, a hip to hip incision may be involved to remove excess skin and tighten weak or separated underlying abdominal muscles. Results in this case can be substantial in terms of restoring a flatter and firmer abdomen and tightening of weak muscles in both lower and upper abdominal area. The surgeon may also reposition the belly button to a more appropriate spot.
In many cases, tummy tuck surgery is performed in combination with liposuction to reduce unwanted fat tissue from the abdominal area as well as the flanks. This can produce more comprehensive and natural looking results. Dr. Motykie is a well-known cosmetic surgeon for this procedure. He receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby locations.
Liposuction surgery has emerged as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US today. It is a less invasive procedure as compared to tummy tuck, but its focus is limited only to fat reduction. Laser assisted liposuction is an innovative technique to make the procedure more targeted and less invasive. Laser liposuction can be used to destroy targeted fat cells in the waist region by employing a special laser-tipped surgical instrument.
This procedure is known as SmartLipo, which can be performed using local anesthesia. This ensures greater patient comfort and reduces the anesthesia related risks. Trauma to the surrounding healthy skin, blood vessels, and nerves is minimized because of the superior precision involved in a laser based technique. Surgical risks are reduced and the overall recovery is relatively faster as compared to tummy tuck surgery.
Another advanced laser based liposuction technique to cut down abdominal fat is called ProLipo. With this technique, the laser surgeon will make use of fiber delivered laser energy to the precisely targeted deeper layers of fat. ProLipo procedure can be completed with the patient under tumescent local anesthesia. If the skin in the tummy area is considerably sagging, the patient may have to choose tummy tuck or a combination of tummy tuck and laser liposuction.
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