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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Although the terms liposuction and tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) are sometimes used interchangeably, the liposuction procedure and the tummy tuck procedure are different procedures that can both target the same problem: unflattering waistline. These cosmetic surgeries aim to make your stomach appear tighter, flatter and smaller, but the procedures themselves differ in many ways.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

It’s important to note the differences in candidates between liposuction and tummy tuck procedures.

  • Liposuction is an ideal fit for those who want to remove localized deposits of fat that are often found on the hips, thighs, stomach or buttocks. However, liposuction is not a weight loss tool and shouldn’t be utilized as a simple solution to your weight loss roadblock.
  • Tummy tucks in Arlington Heights not only remove excess fat from the abdomen, but they also help remove excess skin in the abdominal region as well. Many women who have recently given birth opt for a tummy tuck over liposuction to help bring the core abdominal muscles back together that were stretched out during pregnancy.

Expected Results

The expected results of each procedure are dependent on the weight gain after the procedure is done.

  • Liposuction results tend to yield a flatter, proportioned midsection once the procedure is over. However, fat deposits still have the potential to appear after the procedure is over, though they don’t usually appear in the same areas that they originally appeared.
  • Tummy tucks in Arlington Heights yield results that are considered permanent and your abdominal wall will be strong and tight. The only way that excess skin would come back is if there is a significant amount of weight gain in the same area or another pregnancy.

While liposuction and tummy tuck procedures have many similarities, they also have many differences in how they work and the expected results.While both procedures are safe, the recovery from liposuction tends to be shorter when compared to tummy tucks, but may not produce the same results. Ultimately, it’s important that you consult with your doctor to help make an educated decision about which procedure is best for you.

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