Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which is right for you?

Reducing stomach fat is a common and sometimes never-ending battle among men and women. Both liposuction and tummy tucks are popular cosmetic surgery procedures that remove unwanted abdominal fat, but many prospective patients are uncertain what the differences are, and more importantly, which is right for their situation.

Liposuction removes fat deposits through a series of small incisions using a hollow stainless steel tube and a suction mechanism. It is literally sucking fat from unwanted parts of the body and can be used on many areas, including the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, knees, chin, neck and upper arms.

Liposuction is ideal for removing excess fat from between the skin and muscles of your abdomen, improving the contour and shape of your body. It suits those who are near their ideal body weight and have good abdominal muscle tone.

Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is a more extensive technique that can improve the superficial tissues of the belly. During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon repairs abdominal muscles that have stretched and separated, and removes excess skin.

What could cause stretched and separated abdominal muscles? Childbirth is one example: it can leave women with a sagging stomach, no matter how well she eats or how much she exercises. A tummy tuck smooths the skin, allowing clothes to fit more flush against the body and shaping the silhouette.

Men are also candidates for tummy tucks. It can be particularly useful for those who had gastric bypass surgery, lost a lot of weight, and suffer from excess skin hanging from the abdomen. Like with women, abdominoplasty can smooth the area and allow for better fitting apparel, leading to increased self-esteem.

Dr. George Pope can help you determine whether liposuction or a tummy tuck is right for you. Schedule a consultation at Pope Plastic Surgery to see which procedure will deliver the best result.

Dr. George Pope’s Pope Plastic Surgery provides Central Florida with first-class Orlando cosmetic surgery services. Our exceptionally trained staff delivers services designed to assist you in your journey toward a better quality of life. When you visit Pope Plastic Surgery, you will be greeted by our friendly, knowledgeable and compassionate staff, who will ensure you receive the most outstanding experience possible.

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