Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is the Right Choice for Your Body?

Why Diet & Exercise Can’t Always Help

We have been taught that the best way to lose weight and get in shape is by eating right and exercising. While that is definitely true, many people do not realize that reaching your target weight does not always mean that your body shape will then match the ideal in your mind. Weight distribution changes as we age, causing the body to hang onto some fat deposits despite your best attempts to eliminate them.

One example of an area of the body that’s hard to slim down is the love handles. These spots on the side of the abdomen above the hips are notoriously difficult to target with exercises and rarely respond to dieting. The abdomen itself is another place that likes to hang onto fat cells as long as possible, no matter how careful you are about counting calories.

Looking your best is simply part of the Southern California culture, yet, diet and exercise can only take you so far; that’s where liposuction & tummy tucks can make a difference.

Understanding the Difference Between Tummy Tucks and Liposuction

Dr. Sayah has found that a lot of his plastic surgery patients have misconceptions about the differences and similarities between tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. In Beverly Hills, both are very popular and frequently requested. Understanding the difference between tummy tucks and liposuction comes down to the type of cosmetic rejuvenation you need.

  1. Liposuction
    Although liposuction can remove diet-and exercise-resistant fat deposits, the procedure isn’t a substitute for healthy weight loss. Liposuction addresses the subcutaneous fat in the upper layers of the tissue just below the skin, not the skin itself. This fat is often resistant to diet and exercise and can linger on long past when you’ve reached your target weight.
    Liposuction is less invasive, it can improve the look of many body areas, and it has a shorter recovery period.
  2. Tummy Tuck
    Sometimes it’s more than just fat that’s giving you that belly paunch in the first place and that’s where a tummy tuck comes in. Age and changes in your body due to weight gain or pregnancy can stretch and permanently loosen the abdominal muscles. Targeted exercises are not enough to pull these muscles taut again.
    Instead, surgically tightening the muscles and suturing them into their new position lifts and smoothens the entire framework of the tummy, after which excess skin and tissue are removed and the remaining skin is redraped.
    A tummy tuck is a much more involved procedure than liposuction, but it can accomplish far greater improvements in the appearance of your midsection. It can help to restore a woman’s body to its former slimness following her childbearing years or help a man eliminate a middle-aged pooch.

Choosing Both: How Liposuction Can Improve Your Tummy Tuck

In many cases, these procedures are combined for an even greater effect. Of course, the next question is usually, “But why do I need both?” The answer is simple: because each procedure accomplishes different, yet very complementary, goals.

For many men and women, liposuction can be the ideal solution for sculpting away certain fat deposits that diet and exercise just can’t seem to eliminate. Yet, in addition to getting lipo, you can incorporate this body sculpting technique with more primary procedures like a tummy tuck, to improve the results of other.

Liposuction allows your plastic surgeon to fine-tune the results of a tummy tuck, while a tummy tuck lets them correct the structural issues that may be causing your belly paunch. Combining the two is a great solution for really comprehensive body sculpting results.

Call Dr. David Sayah, MD to schedule an initial consultation so that you can discuss what the best option is for you to achieve your desired outcome.


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