Are you living with excess flab on your stomach that just won’t go away with diet and exercise? If this sounds like you, you may want to consider plastic surgery to correct the issue. However, many patients find themselves torn over whether they need a tummy tuck or liposuction. To help make your decision easier, we have broken down the differences between these procedures.
You May Need a Tummy Tuck If:
Individuals who are bothered by excess fat and skin on the abdomen can benefit from a tummy tuck. Sagging abdominal skin often occurs after pregnancy or massive weight loss. A tummy tuck focuses on eliminating this excess skin and fat, tightening the abdomen for a slimmer appearance. It can also correct weakened or separated abdominal wall muscles for a flat stomach.
You May Need Liposuction If:
Individuals who have excess fat deposits can benefit from liposuction. Liposuction cannot correct sagging skin. Because of this, candidates for liposuction should have good skin tone and good skin elasticity, so that the skin will snap back after fat is removed.
In some cases, patients can benefit from a combination technique of tummy tuck and liposuction. In these situations, the surgeries may need to be staged to ensure a safe and effective experience.
Overall, patients who are dealing with excess skin can benefit from a tummy tuck, while those dealing with excess fat deposits can benefit from liposuction.
If you believe you have chosen a procedure that is right for you, it is important that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure that the procedure can benefit you.
Patients in the Baltimore, MD area who are interested in achieving a slimmer and flatter abdomen can contact the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.