A flat, smooth stomach is desired by many people for a more youthful, fit appearance. Two procedures most people turn to for this is liposuction or a tummy tuck. These two surgeries differ in some ways. Here, we will explain each procedure:
Liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body with tighter skin. These areas often include the hips, saddlebags, and flanks. It is not a primary tool for weight loss. After undergoing your liposuction surgery, there will be a short amount of downtime involved in the recovery process. The typical time frame of downtime for liposuction patients is one week. However, this can differ based on the amount of liposuction that was done and how many areas were treated. Temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness.
The skin on the stomach can often lose elasticity due to age, pregnancy, or weight gain. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is used to tighten up the abdominal muscles and skin, and remove any excess skin and fat in the area. It is not a primary tool for weight loss. A tummy tuck will leave a scar on the lower part of your abdomen. This scar is usually placed where it can be hidden by a swimsuit or clothing. Recovery from a tummy tuck typically lasts around two weeks, though this can vary depending on the patient.
Liposuction and a tummy tuck can be combined in one procedure. During a tummy tuck, some liposuction may be done on the sides and the hips to produce maximum results. However, liposuction is not often done in excess with a tummy tuck, due to concerns of excess blood loss.