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

lipo-or-tuckChoosing the best surgery for your aesthetic goals requires careful consideration. While Dr. Richard Zeff, our experienced plastic surgeon, can help determine which method or combination of methods may offer the ideal results, the decision ultimately is up to you. Many cosmetic procedures share similar benefits – including liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, two of the most popular surgeries offered at our practice. Below, Dr. Zeff has described the differences that can make one of these options more suitable than the other.

While numerous methods for liposuction exist, all techniques aim to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of the body – including the abdomen – that are resistant to diet and exercise. Among its many potential benefits, liposuction can contour the body, enhance the silhouette, and make patients feel more confident in choosing clothing. With this in mind, the surgery cannot reduce excess skin or repair torn abdominal muscles.

Meanwhile, tummy tuck surgery (also called “abdominoplasty”) is designed to restore the midsection to a more youthful, firmer shape, often following pregnancy or significant weight loss. This procedure can address excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles of the abdomen. That said, tummy tuck surgery alone doesn’t include liposuction and will not remove any excess fatty tissue on its own.

As you can see, the two procedures are starkly different in the way they are performed and the concerns they can address. Fortunately, however, Dr. Zeff is frequently able to combine liposuction and tummy tuck surgery to enhance body contouring and optimize the outcome. If you are interested in combining modalities, Dr. Zeff would be happy to help you develop a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.

If you have additional questions about whether tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or a combination of procedures can help achieve your cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeff today!

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