Abdominal Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Patients desiring a more toned, attractive physique can benefit from body contouring at our Fort Worth, TX practice. One of the most common areas our patients wish to target is the abdomen. Stubborn excess fat cells may accumulate in the area, leading to sagging skin and a protruding belly.
Two of the most effective treatments for the abdomen include liposuction and abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. Here, our team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery explores abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck so our patients can be well-informed about their treatment choices.
About Abdominal Liposuction
Dr. Rumalla typically performs liposuction under general anesthesia at our surgery center. Once you are comfortable, he will create tiny incisions in the target treatment area.
Next, Dr. Rumalla inserts a cannula, a long, slender tube, through the incisions. The cannula breaks up the pockets of fat and removes them with suction. Once complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
When Is Abdominal Liposuction Recommended?
Abdominal liposuction is an excellent option for patients with good skin and muscle tone. Candidates should not have excess or sagging skin, however, as liposuction cannot address these issues.
Typically, patients who qualify for liposuction are within 20 pounds of their ideal body weight, and simply have fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise.
Recovery after Abdominal Liposuction
In most cases, patients are able to return to work in about one week after abdominal liposuction.
As with any surgical procedure, some level of discomfort is to be expected. However, this can be managed with a combination of prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Patients will notice an immediate change once the initial swelling goes down. However, final results may take a few months, depending on the size of the treatment area.
About Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty involves making an incision across the lower abdomen, usually from one hip bone to the other. This allows Dr. Rumalla to remove excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles for a sculpted, contoured appearance.
Once this is complete, the remaining skin is repositioned and sutured into place.
When Is a Tummy Tuck Recommended?
A tummy tuck is generally recommended for patients that have sagging, droopy, or excess skin around the abdominal area. For example, if you have lost a significant amount of weight or are dissatisfied with your post-pregnancy body, then a tummy tuck could be the solution for you.
Recovery after Tummy Tuck
Following your tummy tuck procedure, full recovery can take up to six weeks. However, most patients find they are able to return to most normal routines after two to three weeks. Patients should avoid all strenuous activity until cleared by Dr. Rumalla.
Keep in mind that both abdominal liposuction and tummy tuck are intended to enhance the contours of the body. These procedures are not intended for weight loss.
It is also important to understand that the long-term outcome will depend on your diet and lifestyle. Significant weight loss can negate the results of your treatment.
Contact Tarrant Plastic Surgery Today
If you have been unsuccessful at eliminating stubborn fat deposits in the abdominal area, a body contouring procedure could be the solution for you.
During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Rumalla can help you determine if abdominal liposuction or a tummy tuck would best address your cosmetic needs. To schedule a visit, contact us anytime.