Although neither a tummy tuck or a liposuction is deemed a weight loss procedure – both best suited to men and women who are near or at the ideal weight but suffer from a troublesome tummy area – there are some notable differences between these effective body reshaping procedure.
Mr Alan Park, a leading Warwickshire plastic surgeon who offers both the abdominoplasty procedure and liposuction gives his view on the main differences between these two popular cosmetic surgery ops.
# 1; the scar
During a tummy tuck, a large incision is made across the breadth of the stomach, from hip bone to hip bone. It’s usually sited quite low down, in the least noticeable position possible and, typically, it should heal well, but it is a major scar and is definitely one of the main considerations for patients contemplating a tummy tuck.
However, during a liposuction procedure, Mr Alan Park will make tiny incisions, just large enough to insert the liposuction cannula. Through this fluids are inserted in, if you’re undergoing tumescent liposuction, and then the fatty tissue is suctioned out. If possible, Mr Park will site this small incisions where they won’t be visible when fully healed.
# 2; liposuction is an all-over procedure
Liposuction is not just used to remove fat from the torso and tummy. It can be used all over the body, including the legs, flanks, back, thighs, arms and buttocks. It is also gentle enough to be used on the face and neck, where only small amounts of fat need to be removed.
# 3; muscle definition
If a patient’s weight has fluctuated over the years or if a woman has undergone pregnancy or multiple pregnancies, or even just as a result of the ageing process, there can be significant changes to the abdominal muscle wall. During pregnancy, in fact, the abdominal wall splits to accommodate the growing baby and often the muscles fail to knit back together again afterwards, leaving women with a pronounced ridge.
This lack of muscle tone can not be dealt with by liposuction alone and requires a tummy tuck. During the tummy tuck procedure, Mr Alan Park will stitch the muscles back into place so they hold their position.
# 4; sagging skin
As we age or the skin on our abdomen becomes stretched, it often starts to sag. As with the muscles, this cannot be dealt with by liposuction alone. An abdominoplasty procedure aims to remove this excess skin and provide much tauter contours to the tummy.
Liposuction and a tummy tuck achieve very different results. In fact, Mr Alan Park often combines them together to produce the very best outcome for his patients.