Is Liposuction or Tummy Tuck More Appropriate for Me?
Liposuction is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures offered here at the OSU Department of Plastic Surgery. An effective method of eliminating excess fat, liposuction allows our plastic surgeons to improve the contours of your body and reduce stubborn fat deposits that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. One of the biggest advantages of liposuction is the surgery’s versatility with achieving a wide variety of patient goals. With liposuction, patients can remove excess fat pockets from areas of the body including:
- Love handles
Liposuction can even be used to delicately excise fat from the face, chin, and neck to improve harmony among facial features and renew your appearance.
Conversely, a tummy tuck focuses on eliminating loose, inelastic skin in the abdominal area and giving this region a tighter, firmer look. It is very common for excess skin and fat to collect in the abdomen, even among individuals who are in relatively good shape. This can happen due to weight fluctuations, the natural aging process, hereditary factors, or recent pregnancy. During a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), the underlying abdominal muscles are pulled taut, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is redraped and tightened. This procedure can yield a flatter, more athletic appearance to the stomach area with beautiful results.
Tummy tuck surgery and liposuction can be extraordinarily effective procedures, but each is designed to meet different goals and the treatment/recovery processes are quite distinct. After discussing your personal cosmetic goals during a one-on-one consultation, one of our experienced plastic surgeons can help you make an informed decision on which of these body contouring procedures can best meet your needs and desires.
If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons and determine your candidacy for liposuction or tummy tuck, please contact us today.