It’s easy to see how people would get confused when deciding on a tummy tuck or liposuction. Although some concepts are shared (such as the end result of having a flatter tummy) between tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) and liposuction (body contouring), they actually differ in quite a few ways. Which one you decide to go through with will depend on your end goals and what you want to achieve overall with your body. To help better clarify why someone would go for one over the other, in this blog we examine and compare the two. With this information in mind, you’ll likely be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to surgical fat reduction!
How a tummy tuck works
Before we get into it, it’s important to do your research – even if you have to go to another city (say you’re in Melbourne but your plastic surgeon is in Sydney), the end result will be better than if you rushed and found a local surgeon close to you. With that addressed, let’s get stuck into cosmetic surgery! A tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure than liposuction, and due to this it demands a longer recovery time. Instead of just being about excess fat – as liposuction is – tummy tucks are designed for patients with stretched skin or loose stomach muscles. These patients may consist of individuals who have experience significant weight loss or have abdominal issues following a pregnancy. The tummy tuck procedure involves an incision within the lower abdomen with the purpose of removing excess tissue and tightening surrounding muscles. It is because of this incision and related abdominal wall muscle reconstruction that recovery is more drawn out than the liposuction procedure. If a patient also wants to have excess fat removed, they can opt to combine a tummy tuck with a liposuction procedure.
How liposuction works
Liposuction is an ideal procedure for people with good skin and muscle tone, as it is intended solely to reduce excess fat. Liposuction procedures are often a last resort procedure for some people due to prior difficulty with removing localised fatty tissue and stubborn excess fat. So, it’s important to remember that some people getting liposuction aren’t looking for an “easy way out.” Instead, the procedure is often undergone by people genetically pre-disposed to fat build-up, as traditional exercise does not work well for them. Because liposuction is not strictly a cosmetic procedure, it will not address issues with extra skin, stretch marks or loose abdominal muscles. Unlike the tummy tuck, liposuction can be applied to most areas of the body containing excess fat. This includes arms, legs and bottom. Thankfully, the less invasive nature (when compared to a tummy tuck) means that the recovery time for liposuction is not significant.
Deciding on what’s best for your situation
Obviously, you’re the only one who knows what’s best for you, so taking the time to research and understand what is appropriate given your circumstances and lifestyle are important. For instance, you might decide you need liposuction, but a bit of careful research might lead you to discovering the additional benefits of a tummy tuck. It’s best to first see a plastic surgeon though, as they’ll be able to give you a much more complete idea of what you need.