Liposuction or tummy tuck — Which one is best for a flatter stomach?

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

liposuction vs abdominoplasty for flat stomachSummer is here and, sooner or later, you’re going to want to hit the pool for some fun and relaxation. If you’ve worked hard on developing a bikini body, this is the perfect time to show it off! Unfortunately, for some, no matter how hard they work they still can’t eliminate nuisance spots of fatty areas.

Rather than covering up and hiding your body, you can elect for a cosmetic procedure for removing that undesirable fat. Two common procedures that many people turn to are a liposuction or a tummy tuck (formally known as an abdominoplasty).

What are the benefits of a liposuction?

Liposuction targets and removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, such as the buttucks, stomach, arms, and legs.

This simple procedure is usually reserved for patients who already have a healthy weight level. It is not a solution for losing weight. If liposuction is performed on an obese person as a method of losing weight, excess fat may be removed leading their unprepared body to come to harm. If you have have lost weight, but simply have a few nuisance areas of fat deposits, liposuction may be right for you.

Liposuction patients are typically not required to go under general anesthesia. Your doctor will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area, make a small incision, and insert a tube to suck out the excess fat. The procedure is usually finished in a few hours or less. Recovery only takes a couple weeks. You will experience mild soreness and may have a couple of small scars, but they usually fade away.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a more complex procedure than liposuction. Both procedures remove unwanted fat, but a tummy tuck also involves the tightening of abdominal muscles and trimming of excessive, loose skin left over from pregnancy or weight loss. Again, this procedure is not a substitute for weight loss. If you are planning on becoming pregnant or losing weight, you should not have an abdominoplasty. After you are done having children or losing weight, you can consider a tummy tuck to solve your nuisance fat and loose skin problems on your belly.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck requires you to go under general anesthesia, so there is an anesthesia risk. Other potential risks include a hematoma, seroma, contour irregularities and wound healing issues.It also requires a longer recovery time — you may need to take a whole week off of work. The procedure also leaves a more sizeable scar than a liposuction procedure, but it can usually be easily concealed, even by a bikini.

Should I choose an abdominoplasty or liposuction?

Both options are successful in removing unwanted excess fat in the stomach area. If your skin isn’t loose or stretched, then you may want to opt for a liposuction. If you feel like your skin and muscles need to be tightened, then you may want to consider a tummy tuck. Ultimately, you need to consult a cosmetic surgeon to learn about which procedure would best benefit you, and what your risks may be.

Are you interested in cosmetic surgery to give you a flatter stomach? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about how to achieve your best skin at any age.

Topics: tummy tuck, liposuction, smartlipo, abdominoplasty

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