One of the most common questions that plastic surgeons face is, what’s the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck? Manhattan and NYC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kaufman, of Discreet Plastic Surgery, weighs in on the pros and cons of both, plus how to decide if a tummy tuck or liposuction – or both – is right for you.
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery in America today. Millions of people opt for it each year, and this is especially true in New York. Getting liposuction in Manhattan is safe and simple when you meet with Dr. Kaufman and his associates at Discrete Plastic Surgery.
The most important consideration is whether the unwanted fat is in an area with tight skin, or looser, stretched out skin. Lipo works extremely well on portions of the body where the skin is tight, such as the hips, flanks, and “saddlebags”. One of the cons of liposuction, however, is that it doesn’t work nearly as well where the skin has lost elasticity. The result can be an appearance of loose, excess, or hanging skin atop the liposuctioned area.
For the right parts of the body, though, it can be an ideal procedure. A pro of liposuction is that it requires much less time to complete the surgery, and the recovery time is shorter than for a tummy tuck. Another pro is that it can better at removing unwanted fat from places besides the abdomen, whereas a tummy tuck focuses on the abdominal region.
Some people are not very concerned about a little extra or loose skin – their main goal is to just fit into their clothing better, or eliminate some abdominal fat to improve their overall health. If you are comfortable with that, and have realistic expectation, you might prefer the less invasive, easier procedure of liposuction instead of a full abdominoplasty. Manhattan patients get both quite frequently, so you needn’t worry that one is definitively better than the other.
Abdominoplasty surgery – often referred to as a tummy tuck – has long been a favorite among patients in New York. It is generally the best way to ensure a flat, smooth stomach and taut skin. The skin of the stomach loses elasticity easily, and this is especially true after dramatic weight gain or loss. That’s one reason why tummy tucks are part of the popular Mommy Makeover procedure; women who have had children are not always able to get their pre-pregnancy tummy back.
A tummy tuck does include fat removal, but it is paired with the removal of excess skin. Excess abdominal skin is a common complaint among women who have been pregnant, so the tummy tuck is ideal for regaining their former figure. Tummy tucks also tighten the muscles, so they address all the major issues at once.
These are clear pros in favor of tummy tucks, but the big con to keep in mind is that tummy tucks leave larger scars than liposuction. They also mean a longer, more complex surgery, and a longer recovery period.
Why Not Both?
One way to ensure all problem areas are handled is to combine liposuction with a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck will tighten up the abdomen and waist, while the liposuction can be used along the hips and sides. Having two procedures done will require more time in surgery and recovery, but you might be able to actually save time and money by having them both done at once. Contact Dr. Kaufman for a consultation to determine if you would prefer a tummy tuck, liposuction, or both.
Call Discreet Plastic Surgery’s NYC office at 212-444-9095, or reach their Brooklyn office at 718-705-4251. You can also click here to book an appointment online.