When it comes to achieving a more toned-looking abdomen, liposuction and tummy tucks are popular options. Both will sculpt your waist and give you a more contoured shape — so how do you choose which belly fat surgery is best?
At his practice in Scottsdale, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John J. Corey consults with patients to find out which procedure will best help them achieve their goals. There are a few unique benefits each offers.
What Does Liposuction Do to Belly Fat?
Everyone has spots where they carry more weight, and changing your overall shape through diet and exercise alone is anywhere from difficult to impossible. Liposuction can be performed on most areas where unwanted excess fat is carried. It permanently removes fat cells to contour specific areas of the body, including the abdomen.
While you shouldn’t expect to see numbers on the scale drop dramatically after the procedure, you will see a noticeable change in the mirror. If you’re close to or at your ideal weight, liposuction can reveal the shape you’ve been working toward.
Plus, if you maintain healthy habits and stay near your post-procedure weight, you can expect to enjoy long-lasting results.
Is a Tummy Tuck Better Than Liposuction?
When it comes to the tummy tuck vs. liposuction debate, the answer depends on patient goals. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can be a more comprehensive procedure. Liposuction removes unwanted fat, but tummy tucks also repair abdominal muscles and remove excess skin.
This makes a tummy tuck a great option if you’ve lost significant weight to get to your goal but have loose skin or want a trimmer waist. A tummy tuck reveals the hard work you’ve already done.
Because tummy tucks repair abdominal muscles affected by pregnancy, they’re also a popular option for women who want their pre-pregnancy definition back. A tummy tuck is often the "core" so to speak, of a mommy makeover procedure.
When less muscle repair is necessary, you could choose a less intensive "Skin Only" tummy tuck. Dr. Corey offers "Skin Only" tummy tucks that create that trim and contoured look with a shorter recovery time.
And remember, Liposuction is frequently used at the same time as a tummy tuck for achieving even better body contour!
Enjoy a Flatter, Firmer Stomach
Whether you choose liposuction or a tummy tuck, a cosmetic procedure could be the final boost you need to achieve the look you want. Call Dr. Corey’s Scottsdale, Arizona practice Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at 480-767-7700 to book a consultation and find out which option is right for you.