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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: How Do I Know Which Is More Appropriate?

lipo-or-tuckThere are numerous cosmetic procedures that have overlapping benefits, including liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, and selecting the one that best suits your unique anatomic needs and aesthetic goals requires careful consideration. While Dr. Richard Zeff, our experienced plastic surgeon, can help to determine which method or combination of methods may offer the best possible results, the decision ultimately is up to you. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, which we describe more thoroughly below, have some defining differences that can make one more suitable than another.

There are numerous methods of liposuction; however, all techniques share the same benefit: fat reduction and reshaping.  Liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss method, and this approach cannot reduce excess skin. This surgery typically contours the body, eliminates stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise, and improves the fit and feel of clothing.  Liposuction often will be employed as a complementary procedure with other operations, including tummy tuck surgery. You may wish to discuss your interest in combining modalities if you believe liposuction could improve your results.

Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, is designed to restore the midsection to a more youthful, firmer shape following pregnancy or significant weight loss. This procedure will address excess skin that has developed as well as tighten the underlying muscles of the abdomen if necessary. Many patients choose to add liposuction to the procedure to enhance body contouring and optimize the outcome.

If you have additional questions about whether tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or a combination of procedures can help to achieve your cosmetic goals, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeff, please contact our office today.