Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which One Is Right for You?

Body contouring remains an incredibly popular branch of plastic surgery, especially as men and women alike become much more conscious of sculpting and toning every inch. Numerous options are available right here in Westport, including liposuction and tummy tuck — the 2 most popular options. My prospective patients who are dissatisfied with the way their abdomens look often ask me which would be best for them. Here, I’ll share with you the factors to consider when thinking about your own surgery.

The first thing to consider is where your primary trouble spot is, as well as what’s causing it. Tummy tuck surgery is adept at improving the condition of the entire abdomen, including the muscles. It’s best for women who have had children and are left with excess skin or muscle damage, as well as people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have sagging, empty skin.

Liposuction, on the other hand, is intended purely for fat removal. If your area of concern is somewhere other than your abdomen, such as your flanks or thighs, then obviously liposuction is a better choice. Keep in mind that tummy tuck doesn’t reduce a significant amount of fat on its own. For excess fat that’s localized in the abdomen, abdominal liposuction may be a better choice.

Another factor that can play a role in your decision is what happens after surgery. Both tummy tuck and liposuction patients usually have questions about scarring and recuperation time, as well as the longevity of their results. Abdominoplasty does require a significant incision in order to get the best results. However, I take care to make it as low as possible on the abdomen, ensuring that the resulting scar stays hidden, even if you’re wearing a bikini. The recuperation time after tummy tuck is a bit longer than that of liposuction, and most patients feel comfortable returning to work within 2 weeks.

How long will your results last? As long as you’d like them to, depending on your lifestyle after surgery. By maintaining a steady weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle, you can hold on to your enhanced contours indefinitely. Regardless of which procedure you choose, the best thing you can do is treat yourself well after surgery and reap the benefits.

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