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Tummy Tuck Or Liposuction For A Flat Stomach?

Ask that question to anyone. Any group. Anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a random intersection with a group of pedestrians waiting to cross the street, at a mall with holiday shoppers, at the airport, or somewhere else entirely.

Everyone wants a flatter tummy. Diet and exercise, as is always the case, can help get you just that. Sometimes, though, a cosmetic procedure makes good sense, too. Should you opt to strive for that flatter tummy with the help of your cosmetic surgeon, how do you choose between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

To simplify the two procedures, look at it like this: liposuction is simple, safe, effective and very affordable. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) often involves liposuction plus an additional procedure to remove sagging, wrinkled, and stretch marked skin. Naturally, then, a tummy tuck costs a little bit more, comes with a scar (more on that in a bit) and the recovery process is a bit more complex. Both procedures are effective, and either might be the right choice for you.

How liposuction can reduce belly fat

Liposuction can work for several areas on the body, and the abdomen is no exception. As discussed previously in this space, liposuction is an efficient, safe way for a cosmetic surgeon to remove a significant amount of excess fat from a targeted area of the body. For some folks, despite even being in good health and a decent level of physical fitness, localized fat deposits might persist and result in a body that’s just not quite as attractive as one would like. It could be family traits working against you, or perhaps a lull in fitness. Whatever the case, liposuction focused on the tummy might very well be a direct route to a dramatically improved self-image. Your surgeon may recommend adding flank liposuction as well to really sculpt your mid-line and redefine your waist. After the procedure is done, it’s only a couple of weeks before life is back to normal, except your tummy is flatter!

How a tummy tuck can give you a flat stomach

The tummy tuck has a few more layers to it, so to speak. At GLOW, the tummy tuck begins with some liposuction and then progresses to skin excision and tightening of the stomach wall muscules. This technique eliminates the need for the patient to go completely under during the procedure, reduces the risk of complications, and shortens the recovery time compared to the traditional method. Instead of several weeks of recovery, our patients are typically back to work within a week, and doing moderate exercise after about two weeks. Still, post-op visits are necessary and there will be a scar, though we do all we can to minimize the scar so it can usually can be covered by a standard bikini.

Liposuction or tummy tuck. Which one is right for me?

Bottom line, liposuction is great for patients with a little extra fat around their middle who otherwise have good skin and muscle tone. But for patients with loose skin, lower abdominal stretch marks or stretched abdominal wall muscles tummy tuck may be the right answer to get you back to that flat, taunt stomach you remember.

We all want flatter tummies. Now, even if you’ve hit a dead end with diet and exercise, we can all get there with safe and effective cosmetic procedures. Whether it’s liposuction or a tummy tuck, or just a consult to help you make up your mind, we're happy to discuss the pros and cons of the various options and what might work best for you.

Are you ready for a flat tummy that will be the envy of all? Request your consultation with GLOW Surgical Arts today!

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