Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty), however, treats the midsection exclusively. And while liposuction is primarily geared towards individuals carrying an excessive amount of fat, abdominoplasty is well suited to post-bariatric cases where patients have large amounts of loose skin, possibly because of recent extreme weight loss.
A Tummy Tuck Addresses Both Loose Skin & Excess Fat
A Tummy Tuck May Increases the Risk of Complications During Childbirth
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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck FAQ
What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction? What parts of the body can be treated with tummy tucks?
What is the step-by-step process of abdominoplasty?
What is the general step-by-step process of liposuction?
Surgeons will make incisions for fat removal only after these preparations are complete. With new technology, the incisions necessary for liposuction have become increasingly small and less conspicuous, which translates to less visual scarring. Incisions allow an opening for a tube to enter the body—this tube will ultimately remove the fat. The method of removal depends on the type of surgery that is chosen. In dry, suction-based liposuction, the tube is moved back and forth to loosen fat prior to removal. In a manner of speaking, this is a more manual procedure than ultrasonic liposuction, which employs vibrations that liquefy fat, thus preparing it for easier evacuation. As fluids are being drained from the patient, they are also being replenished via the use of an IV fluid line. Doctors ensure that fluids are sufficiently drained, either by leaving incisions completely open or by partially closing them with sutures. Finally, surgeons apply self-adhesive bandages to the wounds to aid the overall healing process.
For more information on each liposuction type, refer to the article entitled “Liposuction Techniques.”