Although tummy tuck and liposuction are two of the most popular body contouring procedures, they both have their unique benefits and drawbacks. To help you choose which method is right for you and your goals, it’s important to understand the differences between these procedures. During your consultation, your surgeon will perform an examination and discuss your most beneficial treatment options. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides tummy tuck and liposuction to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves a long incision along the pubic region below the tummy, allowing the surgeon to remove excess fat and skin from the area. The underlying abdominal muscles are then tightened and reconstructed to allow the sutured skin to lay firm and flat. This procedure is more intensive than liposuction and is is suitable for those who have sagging skin due to old age, weight loss, or pregnancy.
What is Liposuction?
Similar to tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from several parts of the body, the most common being the stomach, arms, thighs and back. During surgery, a mixture of saline solution and anesthesia is injected into the region being treated and then extracted with excess fat through a thin cannula. While fat is removed, excess skin is left untouched. This procedure is more ideal for patients wanting to reduce smaller, localized areas of fat that will not leave excessively loose skin.
Body contouring treatments such as tummy tuck surgery and liposuction can help to decrease fat in certain areas. These techniques are not intended to be a substitute for weight loss, and you will still need to exercise and follow a good diet to keep your results. Be mindful that tummy tuck surgery typically requires a longer recovery period than liposuction. If you’re looking to remove only a small amount of fat from your body, then liposuction is a good choice. However, if you have larger areas of fat and concerns of excess skin, a tummy tuck would be better for you. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides tummy tuck and liposuction to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
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