February 10, 2021 | By Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery

Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck Procedure


Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck Procedure

If your abdomen isn’t as toned as you would like it to be, you’re not alone. Many patients seek out cosmetic surgery to achieve a flatter, slimmer midsection. Liposuction and the tummy tuck are two popular but distinct procedures that can help you get rid of excess tummy fat. Let’s learn more about these cosmetic solutions for Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery patients. 

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Liposuction is a cosmetic treatment to remove excess fat. It’s a minimally-invasive solution to stubborn fat that won’t budge despite diet and exercise efforts. Liposuction may be performed on multiple areas of the body (unlike a tummy tuck, which focuses exclusively on the abdomen), such as the stomach, buttocks, thighs, hips, back, arms, and neck. The best results from liposuction are achieved when there are distinct area of fat; it is not a replacement for weight loss. 

The Procedure

In liposuction treatment, tiny incisions are made in concealed spots around the target area. Then, a tube is inserted into the treatment area, and the excess fat is removed. Scarring from liposuction usually isn’t noticeable and will fade within a year after the procedure. There are limitations with the amount of fat that can be removed during one procedure.

Tummy Tuck

While liposuction exclusively targets excess fat, the tummy tuck procedure addresses both excess skin and fat. It’s an invasive surgical procedure that results in the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdomen, as well as stronger abdominal muscles. 

The Procedure

In a tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made just below the bathing suit area. An incision may also be made around the navel if excess skin needs to be removed from the upper abdomen. Beneath the skin, internal sutures are used to tighten the abdominal muscles, then excess fat and skin is removed. Scarring from the tummy tuck procedure will be minimized by Dr. Mosiello’s thoughtful placement of the incisions and will fade in the years after the procedure. 

Many patients opt for a tummy tuck to tighten the abdomen after dramatic weight loss. After losing a large amount of weight, the body may struggle to adjust, leaving stubborn excess skin or fat in the tummy region. This can be addressed with the tummy tuck.

Combining Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck

Liposuction of certain areas can be combined with a tummy tuck procedure. Additionally, a tummy tuck may be recommended after abdominal liposuction, if excess skin becomes an issue. These can help patients retain a tight appearance of the abdomen after excess fat is removed. 

To learn more about liposuction and the tummy tuck, and to determine a treatment plan based on your unique body goals, contact us today to schedule an appointment. 


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