Liposuction VS Tummy Tuck: What are the Differences?
Patients can sometimes feel unhappy with the contours of their bodies. Fatty deposits, particularly around the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms, can distort body proportions and leave them feeling unhappy with their appearance. Liposuction and tummy tucks are often used to treat excess skin and fat – but what exactly are the differences between them?
Liposuction is a procedure that surgeons use to remove fatty deposits from multiple areas of the body, including the arms, legs, hips, thighs, and stomach. By contrast, a tummy tuck is an intervention that removes excess skin and fat deposits on the abdomen specifically. Liposuction, therefore, is a treatment that clinicians can apply to many areas of the body whereas a tummy tuck only addresses the area around the stomach.
Liposuction involves making a small incision in the target area and using a hollow tube called a cannula to remove fat from the target areas physically. El Paso Cosmetic Surgery surgeons apply a local anesthetic combined with water to reduce swelling and make the process as pleasant as possible.
About Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks involve changing the skin’s shape in the abdominal region so that it looks more contoured and less saggy. El Paso Cosmetic Surgery surgeons remove excess skin (usually resulting from weight loss) and then reattach the remaining fold to the lower abdomen. The result is a tighter, more toned-looking waist area that better reflects the hard work patients put into losing weight.
Patients have a visible scar after surgery. However, you can treat this by applying medical-grade scar products that minimize its appearance. Scarring tends to fade significantly with time.
Liposuction and tummy tucks are fundamentally different procedures. Tummy tucks apply specifically to the abdominal region and involve the removal of excess skin and some fat. Liposuction, by contrast, only requires a small incision for the insertion of the cannula and does not include the removal of non-fatty tissue.
The effects of surgery are also different. Tummy tucks produce manageable scarring on the lower abdomen that falls along the crease of the bikini line. Liposuction, by contrast, doesn’t lead to significant scarring. However, patients typically experience some swelling and tenderness in the days following the procedure.
Similarities Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
Liposuction and tummy tucks are similar in that they both involve the removal of fat from the body. The goal of both procedures is to enhance your contours, making you feel more confident.
Am I a Candidate for These Procedures?
Whether you are a candidate for these procedures depends primarily on your physical condition. Liposuction is best for people who want to remove small fatty deposits on the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Tummy tucks are suitable for people whose body mass index is below thirty and are trying to lose weight. People intending to get pregnant in the future should not opt for the procedure.
“After having a breast lift and augmentation with Dr. Sozer, I decided to go back for liposuction of stubborn fat around my stomach and a BBL. Just as my first experience, the staff and Dr. Sozer were always friendly and professional. Dr. Sozer explained the procedure, made recommendations for best results, and answered all my questions. Throughout the surgery and healing process I felt well taken care of and any concerns during my healing were promptly followed-up by Dr. Sozer. I am extremely happy with my results and love my new body! I highly recommend Dr. Sozer for these procedures!” *
My experience with Dr. Sozer and his staff was outstanding!! I had bariatric surgery 18 months ago and lost a total of 126 lbs. I was wanting to remove excess skin and lift areas of my body that had gone south. I was very unhappy with the way I was looking. I explained my needs and wants to Dr. Sozer and he understood what I was wanting. Dr. Sozer took the time to explain the entire process.
Dr. Sozer is incredible at listening to your goals and giving you great recommendations on how to best get you there. In addition, he is an expert surgeon who can follow through with the recommendations and give you beautiful, natural results. I couldn't ask for a better doctor.
Dr. Sozer managed to give me back the self-image that I had after a botched abdominal surgery that had left me with craters and scars. His talent and artistry took me from a condition where I was embarrassed to remove my shirt, to the best I have ever looked. In fact, I went back shortly after for a procedure on my chest, which completed the look I have always wanted! I will always go back to El Paso Cosmetic Surgery for any future aesthetic procedure.
My experience with Dr. Sozer was great throughout the whole process. During my initial consultation, he explained my pre-op and post-op procedures in great detail. I particularly enjoyed the high tech imaging where I was able to see the type of outcome I would achieve with my surgery. I work in the health care industry and was really pleased with the level of service his staff provided. . At this point, I am currently at week 7 post-op, my recovery has been quicker than expected and I can perform normal activities with some caution.
Yo estoy super contenta y satisfecha con los servicios recibidos en El Paso Cosmetic Surgery. El Dr. Sozer es muy profesional, me dio muchísima confianza desde el principio y contesto todas mis dudas y preguntas. Todo su personal es muy amable, las chicas en recepción y las enfermeras muy serviciales. Absolutamente creo que es el mejor lugar para obtener una cirugía cosmética. Estoy super contenta con los resultados de mi Mommy Makeover y de otros tratamientos que obtuve en mi rostro, sobrepaso mis expectativas en todos los aspectos. Gracias a Dr. Sozer y a todo su personal por hacerme sentir una mamá mas joven y bella!!