Clearing Up the Blurred Lines Between the Two Body Contouring Procedures
Tummy Tucks and Liposuction are two of the top cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. However, people often confuse the two and what exactly each procedure is designed for. Hopefully this will help you to better understand which procedure is right in which situations.
WHICH PROCEDURE CAN HELP TO REDUCE UNWANTED FAT?
LIPOSUCTION. Here is where a lot of the confusion comes from. A common misconception is that both liposuction and abdominoplasty (the medical term for the tummy tuck) are able to address the issue of unwanted fat. This is not true. Only liposuction is designed to remove large amounts of unwanted fat and is commonly used as means for major body fat removal. The tummy tuck procedure will not significantly decrease any fatty deposits.
WHICH PROCEDURE SOLVES THE PROBLEMS WITH LOOSE SKIN ONCE THE FAT IS LOST?
THE TUMMY TUCK. Many people often overlook the problem of hanging skin or tissue that can occur after weight loss or pregnancy because when we are shown the weight loss process on television, like in The Biggest Loser, they leave this part out. However, when the skin is stretched out for so long, whether by pregnancy or weight gain, once the body decreases again in size, the skin will often lack the elasticity to tighten back up. This is what the tummy tuck is for. Abdominoplasty got its nickname because of the way it seemingly tucks away the excess skin around the belly to provide the body with a smoother shape.
Because it is not designed for removing fat, the tummy tuck is intended for those living a healthy lifestyle that haven’t been able to rid themselves of the hanging skin or tissue. On the other hand, liposuction is great for removing unwanted fat, but may leave the body with these problems of loose skin afterwards. This is why the two procedures can sometimes be combined as one procedure so that they can effectively work together to provide the body with the desired contours.