How can I tell if I need a tummy tuck or liposuction?
Liposuction performed on a loose skin area will result in even more skin laxity and droopiness. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is required to address not only the fat layer but also the skin and abdominal wall.
It’s natural to be self-conscious about our appearance and seek out ways to improve it.
Today, we’ll go over six key distinctions between a tummy tuck and liposuction to help you decide which, if either, will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Is liposuction necessary with a tummy tuck?
On its own, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles. If you want to lose stubborn fat around your middle, a tummy tuck alone will not help. Liposuction can be used to remove pockets of subcutaneous fat that are responsible for love handles, back rolls, and belly fat.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is unlikely to be necessary if you have excess skin and weak abdominal muscles from childbirth or extreme weight loss that you want to tighten. A tummy tuck should give you the smooth, toned abdomen you desire.
The combination of the two procedures is known as lipoabdominoplasty, and it is the best option for you if you want to remove fat while also tightening your abdominal area.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction – What They Both Have in Common
Both a tummy tuck and liposuction are procedures that aim to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Both can be used to remove excess fat from the tummy. But that’s about where the analogies end.
Six Significant Differences Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
When deciding which procedure is best for you, there are six key differences to consider: the outcomes of each procedure, how long the outcomes last, the type of anesthesia you will be given, what to expect during the procedure, what to expect from the recovery process, and whether you are a good candidate.
The most significant distinction between a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, and liposuction is the outcome. This is the most common question we receive about these procedures, and it is critical that you understand everything before deciding which is best for you. Liposuction is used to remove body fat from a troubled area, most commonly the lower abdomen, upper abdomen, inner and outer thighs, chest, and buttocks.
Abdominoplasty, like liposuction, is a procedure that removes excess fat from the abdomen. It does, however, remove excess skin. Pregnancy, which stretches your skin and often results in significant weight gain, is the most common reason for an abdominoplasty. During pregnancy, the walls of your abdomen can be stretched to the point of tearing. Depending on the type of abdominoplasty you have, the walls of your rectus abdominis may be sewn together and excess skin from your upper or lower abdomen may be removed.
When our clients understand the procedures’ realistic outcomes, the most common follow-up question is how long the results will last. Both of these procedures produce permanent results. However, your way of life has an impact on how successful the long-term results will be. Liposuction results are thought to be permanent because once the fat is removed, the cells are gone for good. However, if you gain weight in the future, the remaining fat cells in the treated areas may expand, negating the procedure’s results. Remember, you have no control over where you gain fat.
Abdominoplasty results are also thought to be permanent. However, once again, the true longevity of the results is determined in part by your post-procedure lifestyle. If you gain so much weight that your skin has to grow and stretch to accommodate the extra mass, you may develop loose skin in the future. Your collagen and elastin become weaker as you age. This increases the likelihood that the skin will not “snap” back into place after you lose weight again. Furthermore, ventral hernias, future pregnancy, and other life events increase the likelihood of your abdominal walls separating again.
The anesthesia used is a significant difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction. Intravenous sedation is commonly used during liposuction. A local anesthetic may also be applied to the treatment site, depending on your personal preferences. You are put under general anesthesia during abdominoplasty. We will review your current health status, personal preferences, and medical history during your initial consultation to determine which combination of sedation and anesthesia is best for you.
A thin tube known as a cannula is inserted into tiny incisions made at the treatment site during liposuction. To loosen excess adipose tissue, the cannula is moved beneath your skin. The dislodged fat cells are then removed using a medical-grade suction device.
An incision is made at the bottom of the skin covering your abdominal wall during abdominoplasty. the surgeon will sew together the muscles that make up your abdominal wall if they have been stretched out and separated once the muscle has been exposed. Sutures are used to close the incision after any excess skin is removed.
5. Two weeks of recuperation Post-Op
Liposuction recovery time is determined by how many areas were targeted, the amount of fat that needed to be removed, the technique used, and several other factors. Most clients are able to return to their white-collar jobs within a few days. However, you cannot return to a blue-collar job for the first two weeks after surgery.
Abdominoplasty, like liposuction, is an outpatient procedure. the surgeon will apply surgical dressing to your incision when you awaken from general anesthesia. This will have to be changed a few times. In addition, you will be given a compression garment known as a “belly binder.”
To reduce the risk of blood clots, you should be able to walk with assistance within 24 hours of surgery. You will also need to take prescription antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection, as well as analgesics to relieve pain. You may require surgical drains for up to two weeks after surgery.
You must have excess pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise in order to be a good candidate for liposuction. You should, however, be within 30 pounds of your target weight. This is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a fat removal procedure. If you need to lose a lot of fat, you may end up with excess skin and require several procedures to achieve your desired aesthetic.
To be a good candidate for abdominoplasty, you should have a BMI of no more than 30, not be actively trying to lose weight, not have a chronic heart condition, and not plan to become pregnant in the near future.
This increases the likelihood that you will tear your stomach wall and require another abdominoplasty in the future to repair it. If you are bothered by excess skin on your lower or upper abdomen, hips, sides, or lower back, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.
If you believe abdominoplasty is the right procedure for you and you are a good candidate, the next logical question is which type of abdominoplasty is right for me. A mini-tuck, traditional tuck, and extended tuck are the three types of abdominoplasty. What you can expect from each is as follows:
Women who have never given birth are the most likely candidates for a mini-tuck. This procedure only deals with the excess skin and fatty tissue beneath the navel. If you’re happy with your upper abdomen, this quick procedure will help you perfect your contours and get rid of any skin laxity or lower abdominal bulges. The abdominal wall is not treated with a mini-tuck.
The abdominal muscles can become loose or separated as a result of significant weight fluctuations, traumatic injuries, or pregnancy. A traditional tuck, as opposed to a mini-tuck, addresses excess skin and fat beneath the navel. It does, however, address excess skin and fat above the navel. This procedure can also be used to repair the abdominal wall if it has become loose, separated, or damaged as a result of a ventral hernia.
Excess fatty and skin tissue are removed after the abdomen has been repaired, the remaining abdominal skin is tightened over the repaired abdominal wall, and the navel is typically repositioned. If you have a significant amount of excess fat to be removed, this procedure may be combined with liposuction.
Clients who have lost a significant amount of weight, typically through bariatric (weight loss) surgery, are the most likely candidates for an extended tuck. This procedure provides all of the advantages of a traditional tuck. Excess skin and fatty tissue are, however, removed from the thighs, hips, and back. This procedure can also be used to tighten the muscles in the back and flanks.
The Medical Advantages of Abdominoplasty
As part of a “mommy makeover,” abdominoplasty is frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, breast reduction, vaginal rejuvenation, and buttocks augmentation. A mommy makeover is intended to assist mothers in reclaiming their pre-natal bodies. However, there are a number of medical advantages to abdominoplasty. Here are a few medical advantages of this procedure that you might not be aware of:
SUI, also known as stress urinary incontinence, is a common complication of vaginal birth. This condition is distinguished by uncontrollable bladder leakage caused by “stress.” You have stress urinary incontinence if you have ever leaked while laughing, coughing, sneezing, running, or jumping.
If you’re unhappy with your abdomen and don’t want to undergo a separate procedure to treat SUI, we strongly recommend a traditional tuck with a minor bladder obstruction created with soft tissue near your pelvis. When you don’t have to worry about embarrassing, uncontrollable leaks, your life will improve dramatically.
Back Pain Relieved
One of the leading causes of back pain is poor posture. If your stomach muscles have become distended as a result of multiple pregnancies or dramatic weight loss, no amount of diet or exercise will help. A traditional tuck tightens weak abdominal muscles, correcting lordosis (sway back). Once your torn, damaged muscles have been repaired, your abdominal muscles will provide better support for your spine.
The back and flank muscles are also repaired and tightened with an extended tuck. All of this additional support can help relieve pain in the lower back, middle back, hips, pelvis, and groin. Even better, improved posture draws attention to your newly toned abs.
Excess skin is frequently associated with drastic weight loss. Excess skin can make it difficult, if not impossible, to exercise. Exercise, on the other hand, is one of the most important things you can do for your emotional health. To begin, it releases happiness chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin to temporarily improve your mood. Second, regular exercise improves your sleep quality.
Regular quality sleep is essential for regulating your stress hormones, assisting you in losing excess weight, and reducing your reaction to life’s stressors.