Getting the body of your dreams is a lot simpler nowadays thanks to the advances in cosmetic procedures. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two popular procedures that can help you remove unwanted fat in the abdomen area. Both of these procedures seem similar, but in reality, they are completely different and yield different results. Here are the main differences between the procedures:
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is ideal for individuals who have a lot of excess skin, stretch marks or fat that they’d like to remove quickly. People who have lost extreme amounts of weight, like those who went through a bariatric surgery, should opt for an abdominoplasty. This procedure is considered a major surgery and requires the use of heavy anesthesia. On average, it takes a few months to be able to recover fully from the surgery. The risks of undergoing this procedure include the scarring, infection, swelling and anemia due to blood loss. However, Dr. Solomon is a board certified cosmetic surgeon and has over nineteen years of experience.
During the procedure, the Dr. Solomon makes a large incision in the stomach area and removes the excess fat. Then, he tightens the muscles and cuts out the excess skin. The end result of the procedure is tighter, leaner abdominal muscles.
Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to create muscle definition in the abdomen and is a lot less invasive than abdominoplasty. The procedure has been around since 1974 and has evolved throughout the years. This procedure involves using metal tubes and suction to remove excess fat from the stomach area, but it can also be used to remove fat from the arms, thighs and buttocks. People who don’t have extreme amounts of excess skin or fat to get rid of should opt for a liposuction recovery time minimal compared to a tummy tuck. However, the results of an abdominal liposuction procedure is subtle. So if you want a more drastic change, you should opt for an abdominoplasty.
Common side effects from liposuction are discoloration and bruising as well as fat accumulating in other body parts such as the arms or thighs.
Whether you are interested in having a tummy tuck or an abdominal liposuction, Dr. Solomon can sit down with you and discuss your goals, expectations, and medical history to help you decide which cosmetic procedure is right for you.