Many of the patients who visit our Halifax, NS plastic surgery practice want to slim, tone, and enhance the figure with body contouring procedures. Two of the most common body contouring treatments include liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
But how can you know which procedure will most effectively meet your needs? Here, our team at The Landings Surgical Centre explores abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck so you can make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
About Abdominal Liposuction
Patients who are unable to eliminate stubborn areas of fat with diet and exercise may benefit from liposuction. As with any body contouring procedure, this treatment is not intended for weight loss. Rather, it is used to remove concentrated pockets of fat cells for a smoother, trimmer appearance.
To perform abdominal liposuction, your surgeon will make several small incisions in the area of concern. Often, a solution of lidocaine and epinephrine are administered at this point. This encourages the pockets of fat to swell up for easier removal. Next, your doctor inserts a small cannula through the incisions to suction away the unwanted fat cells.
About the Tummy Tuck Procedure
In contrast to liposuction, a tummy tuck is often performed following significant weight loss or pregnancy. This procedure not only removed excess skin, it also tightens the underlying muscles and re-drapes the tissue for a smoother, more toned look.
To perform this procedure, your surgeon makes a long incision line across the abdomen, typically from one hip bone to the other. After moving the skin and accessing the underlying structures, the muscles are tightened, repositioned, and sutured into place.
In some cases, the navel may need to be repositioned. To do so, another small incision will be created around the belly button. Your surgeon will then move the navel to another location or create a synthetic one for optimal aesthetics.
Which Procedure Is Best for Me?
Determining which treatment option will work for you depends on your specific goals. Liposuction may be recommended if you are looking to tone or enhance your body after adhering to a regular exercise and diet plan. If you have already lost a substantial amount of weight, then a tummy tuck may be a better solution for you.
In addition, your skin elasticity will also be considered. Liposuction is typically recommended for those with firm, tight skin. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, the excess skin is usually loose and droopy. Therefore, a tummy tuck would be required to achieve the desire results.
Of course, the best way to establish an effective treatment plan is to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Both liposuction and abdominoplasty are excellent body contouring options. However, for optimal long-term results, it is important to determine which procedure will appropriately address the area of concern.
Contact Our Practice Today
Are you considering body contouring? To explore your options, schedule a visit at The Landings Surgical Centre. We can create a fully personalized treatment plan for you. Contact us by calling (866) 928-0023.