Shedding stomach fat can be difficult to do, so if you’ve had a few kids and need help in that area, you may want to consider liposuction or a tummy tuck. Both procedures can give you a flatter tummy. However, the decision regarding which to perform will depend on several factors. Therefore, a visit to your board certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you need liposuction, or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Liposuction is generally recommended to contour the body, as it eliminates pockets of localized fat. However, candidates for the procedure should have good skin and muscle tone. After the fat has been removed patients with poor skin tone often end up with loose, sagging skin, because liposuction does not tighten the skin.
On the other hand, a tummy tuck can correct a protruding stomach caused by laxity in the abdominal wall or muscles. The procedure involves tightening of the muscle layer. If you have a lot of extra skin in the abdominal area after pregnancy or weight loss, abdominoplasty is also recommended. During the operation the abdominal skin is elevated and extra skin is removed, along with upper and lower abdominal fat.
A full tummy tuck will remove both skin and fat, and tighten the abdominal muscles. Liposuction does not address excess skin, but will get rid of areas of fat deposits (click here for more info).
Deciding whether to do liposuction or a tummy tuck will also depend on your expectations and goals, your anatomy, and skin tone. Patients in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD areas can contact the Beaux Art Institute of Plastic Surgery to find out more. Call them today at 310-880-7022, and schedule a visit/consultation with Dr. Nia Banks (click here).