Do I need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

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At Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, we understand you can feel insecure about how you look and offer several procedures and treatments to help you feel more self-confident about your body. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery both help to improve the appearance of the abdomen. By removing lower belly fat and loose skin, men and women are left with a smoother, firmer abdominal area. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion provides different tummy tuck techniques to reshape and contour a person's midsection effectively. Read on to learn key differences between liposuction and a tummy tuck to help you determine which, if one or both, will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

The key difference between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery

When considering which procedure is right for you, it is essential to know how both work. The most important difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck is the results. Liposuction is a fat reduction surgery that utilizes a small cannula instrument to break up and extract unwanted fatty tissue. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, like liposuction, removes lower belly fat from the waistline area and excess, saggy skin, so patients are left with a tighter, flatter, and more contoured abdominal area. Are you curious if you are a good fit for tummy tuck surgery? If so, consider the following questions:

  • Have you recently lost weight but now have loose belly fat and skin in your lower abdomen?
  • Are you done having children and want a flatter, tighter, more fit-looking stomach?
  • Have you managed a healthy body weight but still struggling with your midsection area?

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Both men and women can struggle with an expanding waistline as they age. In addition to lower belly fat, collagen production begins to decrease, leaving behind saggy, deflated skin. Unfortunately, no amount of exercising or sit-ups can tighten loose skin in the abdominal area. Adults in their 40s, 50s, and 60s can turn to tummy tuck surgery to help remove excess skin, tightening underlying abdominal muscles, and remove excess fatty tissue to erase the signs of an aging midsection. Houston, TX patients can consider a mini tummy tuck if a small amount of excess skin or unwanted fat needs to be removed in the lower abdomen area. A traditional tummy tuck, which is more common, involves toning and reshaping the midsection, even tightening underlying abdominal muscles. These options and more can be discussed with Dr. Couvillion during a consultation to determine the proper technique needed to yield the results you desire.

Who is the ideal candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is a fat reduction surgery rather than a weight loss procedure. It is commonly performed in the lower abdomen, thighs, upper arms, chest, and buttocks. A small tube, known as a cannula, is inserted into tiny incisions discreetly placed in the target area during liposuction. Dr. Couvillion will gently move it beneath the skin to loosen excess adipose tissue to then suction or remove the dislodged fat cells. To be a good candidate for liposuction, you should be within 30 pounds or less of your ideal body weight and have excess pockets of stubborn fat that have become resistant to diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck in Houston, TX, and finding the right plastic surgeon

Isolated pockets of lower belly fat and loose skin can be the result of various life occurrences. Pregnancy, genetics, significant weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process are all factors that can change the appearance of your stomach. By combining a tummy tuck surgery with liposuction, patients can maximize their body contouring results in a way that isn't possible with either procedure on its own. In most cases, excess skin and lower belly fat go hand-in-hand when considering this cosmetic procedure. If you are struggling with how your midsection looks but unsure what you may need, call Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Contact our practice and schedule your one-on-one consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion today.

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