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Published on: 09 Nov 2016 by eastmanvirg77
Tummy Tuck Or Liposuction – Which Is The Right One For You?
All cosmetic surgeons offer both tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction, but which one is the right choice for you? Have you recently lost substantial weight and now are having to deal with excessive skin on the abdomen? Has your pregnancy taken a toll on your body? Do you desire to shape and mould your abdominal area? If you answered yes to any of those questions, proceed to read below.
Liposuction – effective and less invasive
Liposuction helps you remove the excessive fat on the abdomen and reshape your midsection without the recovery period of an abdominoplasty. This is a highly effective procedure which removes all stubborn fat. Even though it is a great procedure for fat on the abdomen, it is equally good for other areas of stubborn fat on your body like thighs, arms and hips. It is important to keep in mind though that liposuction is effective in removing fat but not so much for tightening the skin.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and there is a recovery time period attached to it; however, in comparison to a tummy tuck, it is easy and short. Most liposuction patients return to their work within a few days and are almost recover within a week or two. Within a span of 3 weeks, most of the bruising and swelling is gone. Your surgeon and staff will be there to monitor and support you throughout your recovery time period. Most women looking for a mommy makeover are usually recommended to go in for a liposuction.
Tummy Tuck – perfect answer to removing excess skin and fat
For most patients, liposuction is a great option but some of them require more for achieving their desired results. For them, a tummy tuck surgery works the best. Even though it is a more invasive procedure, a tummy tuck can remove excessive skin on the abdomen and tighten the abdominal walls. If you have had children or lost a lot of weight, this may just be the right procedure for you to achieve your desired body shape. For patients looking for post bariatric surgery, most surgeons will recommend a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck will remove the fat and excessive skin from your lower and middle abdomen and also tighten your muscles reducing that bulge in the tummy you hate. The procedure leaves a fairly large scar which could extend from one hip to another. The recovery time from this combination is also longer than what you would have in case of liposuction alone.
After your tummy tuck procedure, it may take a few weeks or even months for you to feel normal once again. Most patients are advised that the swelling will be completely eradicated only after about 4 months. If you have stronger abdominal muscles, your recovery might be faster. It is important to keep in mind to give your body the time to heal itself and not to push it, however, some exercise is always helpful. After a year, the scars also decrease substantially. Most patients are able to cover up remaining scars with well chosen swimsuits and other clothes.
Tummy tuck and liposuction combined
While both tummy tuck and liposuction are great procedures individually, many patients choose to opt for a combination. Depending on what your expectations from the results of your surgery are, your surgeon may also recommend a combination procedure. While liposuction helps in reshaping and sculpting your abdomen; a tummy tuck helps in tightening your skin and muscles.