Both tummy tuck and liposuction are efficient methods to remove extra fat and loose skin in the abdominal area. These two plastic surgery solutions are very popular and they both promise the same much desired result: slim and sexy waistline. Both methods are recommended for people who failed to reduce the fat in the abdominal area even after the vigorous training and strict diet. Cosmetic surgery should always be the last option, and it is advised to get involved into preoperative counseling and make an informed decision about whether cosmetic surgery is suitable, or what kind of cosmetic surgery is recommended. This article shreds a light on the difference between tummy tuck surgery and liposuction.
Tummy tuck surgery
Tummy tuck surgery is also known as abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is recommended for people who have excess skin in the abdominal area, which is not removed with exercise and diet. Abdominoplasty removes extra fat and skin and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This surgery is suitable only for people who are in flawless overall health. It may also be beneficial for women who have excess skin and stretched muscles following the pregnancy. Women who are planning more children should postpone this surgery, as any future pregnancy tends to separate the muscles that are tightened during the procedure. The surgery is done in total anesthesia and usually lasts for up to five hours. The goal of the surgery is to contour the skin tissue and muscles. Patient should expect a lot of pain and swelling following the surgery. People with poor circulation, diabetes or heart, lung or liver disease are at increased risk of complications.
Liposuction is a similar but somewhat different procedure used to improve body shape. Liposuction is used to remove fat tissue from areas such as hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and face. Most people are surprised to hear that liposuction does not remove cellulite, but only fat. This is because liposuction targets deep layers of fatty tissue, while cellulite tends to form just below the surface of the skin. Liposuction is suitable for people with average or slightly above-average weight with elastic skin and good overall health. This procedure actually triggers the pockets of fat that are hard to remove by diet and surgery. Therefore, this may not be a good option for severely overweight people. Liposuction is performed in a hospital and usually requires an overnight stay. It is also performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts small instrument to remove excess fat using a suction pump. The length of the surgery depends on the amount of fat that has to be removed. Recovery is usually quick but accompanied with bruising, swelling and pain that last for a couple of weeks.