When deciding whether a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction is right option for removing fat deposits, the determining factors are primarily the condition of your skin and underlying muscles.
Liposuction removes fat deposits that like just below the surface of your skin. Liposuction is typically ideal for patients who are within their ideal body weight range and whose skin tone and muscles are sound.
If you have loose skin above the fat deposits or weakened or separated muscles below the fat, a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) may be a better choice. A tummy tuck both removes excess fat and tightens the loose skin and abdominal muscles.
If your skin is in a condition that will contract after the fat has been removed and the underlying muscles are taut, liposuction alone may provide effective and attractive results.
Neither liposuction nor tummy tucks are intended to be weight-loss methods. These cosmetic surgery procedures are meant to address stubborn fat deposits by using different methods based on your specific body type and condition.
A consultation with New York cosmetic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits can answer your questions about tummy tucks and liposuction and determine the best procedure for your needs and goals.
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck and liposuction options, please contact New York cosmetic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery. We can be reached at 212.750.9494.