If you’re like most people, you probably have no idea what the difference is between  liposuction or a tummy tuck. And to be honest, most people don’t really know either. Both procedures are meant to help with contouring and slimming down problem areas, but there are some key distinctions between the two that can make one a better option for you than the other. Picking between liposuction and a tummy tuck can be tough. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll break down the pros and cons of each procedure so you can decide which of these is right for you. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each procedure so you can make an informed decision about which one you should go for..

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the area of the stomach. It also tightens muscles in order to create a more streamlined look for the body. The surgery can be done with or without liposuction, depending on what the patient’s needs are. A tummy tuck does not usually include any kind of muscle repair, but for patients who have had multiple pregnancies, it might be recommended to tighten weakened abdominal muscles as well as remove extra fat deposits. For many people, this surgery is desirable because they want an improved self-image and are looking to feel better about their appearance. This type of surgery is often sought after by overweight patients who are looking for an alternative way to lose weight instead of dieting and exercising alone.

Tummy tucks require a longer recovery time than a regular liposuction. This is because the procedure involves an incision that runs from hip bone to hip bone, and requires an extended period of time for the patient to fully heal. Patients will need help at home during this time as well as following care instructions carefully. During recovery, the swelling and bruising will start to go down and you might be able to resume most everyday activities. Patients will normally experience a greater amount of pain during recovery if they had liposuction in addition to the tummy tuck, but overall, it is still a very safe procedure.

Liposuction

The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and requires a few hours. Patients typically can return to work in about a week but are advised against performing heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for about six weeks following the surgery. Liposuction removes fat cells from problem areas through little cuts in the skin, using a tube that’s inserted into the body. The process takes an hour or two and patients can go home after they’re ready to be released by their doctor (usually within 24 hours). One of its advantages over a tummy tuck is that it’s less invasive; the recovery time is shorter too—usually three days instead of four weeks.

While the benefits of liposuction are apparent to many people, it does have some downsides. Liposuction is not recommended for patients with heart conditions or compromised immune systems because they are at a higher risk of experiencing complications during surgery. It’s also not ideal for overweight people who still have excess fat that they’re looking to lose, as the amount of fat that can be removed through liposuction is limited. Patients need to understand how their body type holds onto fat so they can get the most out of the procedure and work toward their goals of losing weight.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Sergeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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