There is actually a lot of difference between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. Both are cosmetic procedures performed on both men and women — and that’s pretty much the extent of similarity between the two!
Many people are surprised to read about the many differences between tummy tuck and lipo. If you aren’t sure about which procedure is right for you, remember that tummy tuck vs liposuction depends a lot on where you are in terms of weight loss.
Tummy Tuck and Lipo are Two Distinct Procedures
Now, why do people think they are more or less that same? Well, for one thing, the two can be done at the same time but more often.
- Tummy tucks are often done on people who have already lost the weight they wanted to and now want to eliminate excess skin left behind.
- Liposuction does not remove or reduce excess skin.
Another difference between liposuction and tummy tuck is that lipo can be used to remove fat deposits from other parts of the body. Here’s a really useful FAQ on lipo. A tummy tuck, of course, is only for the abdominal area.
If You’ve Lost Weight, You Probably Want a Tummy Tuck
When you consider liposuction versus tummy tuck, remember that liposuction removes fat but not skin. If you have loose skin around your abdomen, a tummy tuck is the answer.
Tummy tuck surgery also repairs separated muscles and tightens those weakened by weight gain, including from pregnancy. That said, people who have had the procedure are generally very pleased with the results.
A tummy tuck and lipo may also be done together if there is still some excess fat throughout the body that the patient wants to be removed.
A partial abdominoplasty focuses on removing excess skin below the belly button.
Dr. Rochlin can advise you which procedure is best for you and whether adding lipo will maximize results.
Lipo Often Completes a Targeted Weight Loss Program
If you’re still torn between a tummy tuck or lipo, remember that liposuction is a great way to finish off a weight loss program by removing the weight that just won’t come off on its own. And while it can provide body contouring, keep in mind that it can’t correct irregular shapes from weakened muscles. It contours the body by removing fat.
Liposuction is best for younger people whose skin is still elastic. Once the excess fat is gone, the skin usually adapts and contours with little problem. Older patients with less elastic skin, who use lipo, may benefit from a tummy tuck as well.
If you have questions regarding cosmetic procedures, request an appointment with Dr. Rochlin at one of her three offices.