Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

November, 2013 by Alma Abell

There are two cosmetic surgical procedures that people can undergo when they desire to smooth their body contours, both are very different. One procedure is a tummy tuck and the other is liposuction in Prince Georges County. Both procedures are perfectly viable but before either one is considered, it pays to consult with a plastic surgeon who can guide you and point out the potential benefits as well as the potential risks of both procedures.

During liposuction in Prince Georges County, the surgeon inserts a tool under the skin; this tool is used to remove the fat via vacuum. In some cases the tool that is used breaks up the fat so that it is easier to extract, this is used when the fat pocket is stubborn and will not break down with dieting and exercise. Liposuction can be used anywhere on the body and is often used for the buttocks, hips and thighs as well as the tummy region. The tummy treatment is popular as it is a difficult region to get rid of fat.

A tummy tuck is different; in this procedure the plastic surgeon will make an incision directly over the pubic bone. Once the incision has been made to the surgeons liking, the skin is peeled back as well as the fat, this exposes the abdominal muscles. The muscles are tightened, excess fat and skin are removed and the incision closed. A tummy tuck is a favorite solution for people who have lost a great deal of weight and there is excess skin or they have weakened abdominal muscles. This is something that liposuction cannot deal with as it does not remove skin, just difficult fat pockets.

Although a tummy tuck is more invasive, both procedures do take time to heal and the patient is advised to simply rest and not to attempt any heavy lifting or straining. If a liposuction was performed, you can expect to return to normal quicker than if the procedure was a tummy tuck. Do not be concerned if the visible results are not immediate, surgery often results in swelling and water retention due to the trauma but don’t worry, the results will be seen in a flatter, more contoured tummy area.

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