New Hampshire Plastic Surgeon Discusses Benefits, Limits of Popular Body Contouring Procedures
Dr. Richard L. Zeff compares liposuction and tummy tuck surgery to reveal the benefits and limitations inherent to each modality and touches on the typical recovery experience for each method.
Stratham, NH—In an effort to help patients become better informed about the body contouring procedures they may be considering, Dr. Richard L. Zeff, a plastic surgeon in New Hampshire, says he often will provide a comparison of the available options. He says that liposuction and abdominoplasty, two cosmetic operations designed to reshape the body, have a number of overlapping benefits and limitations. Depending on the unique anatomic needs and expressed goals of the individual, he indicates that he may recommend one or the other or a combination of approaches to best achieve the desired outcome.
Confusing the purposes of liposuction and abdominoplasty, also called tummy tuck surgery, can be an easy mistake for patients to make, Dr. Zeff admits. Liposuction is designed to remove the excess fatty tissue from a specific area of the body, such as the stomach, thighs, or flanks, he explains. Tummy tuck surgery, he contrasts, is intended to reduce excess skin around the stomach and tighten the abdominal muscles. Both operations contour the body, he notes, but the procedures are quite different. He says part of the reason for confusion may likely be due to the popularity of combining the techniques to enhance the cosmetic outcome and to address multiple concerns.
Patients wondering if liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or both methods can help them achieve their aesthetic goals should also research what to expect during recovery, Dr. Zeff continues. The typical healing time for liposuction is shorter than for tummy tuck surgery, he indicates; however, individuals can add liposuction to a tummy tuck surgery often without extending the recovery period. He emphasizes that it is important to discuss these questions with a board-certified plastic surgeon before developing a treatment plan to optimize the results.
Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are routinely combined, Dr. Zeff states. Ultimately, however, the appropriate technique will depend on the patient’s unique aesthetic goals, anatomic indicators, and desired timeframe, he affirms. Regardless of the operation, Dr. Zeff states that people who are well informed about all aspects of a procedure, including recovery, typically are more satisfied with the outcome. As a result, he says he strives to provide a comprehensive resource on these and other popular facial and body rejuvenation treatments to assist individuals considering cosmetic enhancement.
About Richard L. Zeff, MD, PA
Dr. Zeff earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University before continuing on to the University of Miami, where he received his medical degree. After graduating, he completed a surgical internship at New York University Bellevue Hospital, a general surgery residency in Des Moines, Iowa, and a plastic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is also an active member of several esteemed medical organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zeff is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Richard Zeff
137 Portsmouth Ave.
Stratham, NH 03885