If you’re interested in slimming down your stomach, you may wonder whether a tummy tuck or liposuction can give you the best results. Despite targeting similar concerns, a tummy tuck and liposuction are quite different.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that addresses excess skin that may be left after major weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure involves removing excess skin and some fat deposits to tighten the skin and make the stomach appear toned. Your surgeon may also tighten your abdominal muscles as they tend to stretch during weight gain.
Another option is the mini-tummy tuck, which addresses the lower area of the stomach. During this procedure, the surgeon contours the lower abdomen and removes fatty tissue. The stomach muscles are not tightened during a mini-tummy tuck.
How Does Liposuction Differ?
Liposuction is beneficial for patients looking to remove stubborn fat deposits. Many patients seek out liposuction because they may be living a healthy, balanced lifestyle but struggle with localized areas of fat.
Liposuction can also treat multiple areas, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, back, upper arms, chin, and stomach.
The procedure itself generally involves using a small tube known as a cannula to dislodge and remove fat cells. The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester also uses other techniques, including:
- Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty: This procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to liquefy fat and make removing it easier.
- The Tumescent Technique: A liquid anesthetic is injected into the targeted area, causing the fat to become firm. The cannula can then easily maneuver and remove fat cells.
Both options improve upon traditional liposuction to make the recovery process smoother.
Contact Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester
Liposuction is ideal for patients looking to remove stubborn fat, while a tummy tuck is great for addressing loose skin. If you’re unsure which procedure will give you the results you’re looking for, speaking with an expert plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester can help. Contact our office today at (585) 922-5840 to schedule a consultation.