Are you wondering about giving your weight loss programme a bit of a helping hand by opting for a cosmetic procedure? The overindulgences of the Festive season, a special birthday, divorce, the arrival of summer… all of these can prompt people to begin wondering about sculpting their body shape with the help of a cosmetic procedure.
If this you, knowing the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck will help you to be sure of getting the results you’re looking for. Sometimes people confuse the two but they’re actually very different.
The first thing to say, is that neither is actually an alternative to eating a balanced diet to achieve a healthy body weight.
Liposuction is a procedure to remove stubborn areas of fat. It can be used to remove excess fat cells from almost any part of the body or face, including the stomach, buttocks, thighs, chin and male chest. It results in improved skin tone and a slimmer, more well-proportioned body.
Having liposuction may give you the motivation you need to follow a healthier lifestyle. It can also increase your choice of clothes and greatly increase your confidence.
One of our clients at Riverside told us:
“It’s definitely given me my confidence back… I’m confident and happy wearing a bikini on holiday, too. 100% I have (and still do) recommended Alok to friends and family for surgery.”
Liposuction is ideal if you want to target unsightly bulges. It is an effective procedure that is less invasive than a tummy tuck and with fewer risks.
A tummy tuck – also called abdominoplasty surgery – is specifically for the stomach area. It tightens loose skin and stretched muscle tissue, flattening and toning a saggy protruding tummy. The result is a smoother, more sculpted silhouette and shapelier waistline.
Tummy tucks are particularly effective if have excess skin around your tummy following extensive weight loss or pregnancy.
Because it is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic there are greater risks compared to liposuction. The procedure involves an incision across the lower part of your abdomen to allow the surgeon to remove excess skin and tighten stretched muscles. You will experience some scarring although your surgeon will endeavour to conceal this as much as possible.
It is important to have achieved your ideal weight before tummy tuck surgery because further weight loss after surgery may result in the procedure having to be repeated.
Clients who have a tummy tuck tell us they feel more confident and can wear a greater range of clothes, including figure-hugging outfits and swimwear. As with liposuction, this can lead to increased motivation to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Guidance from Riverside Clinics | Reputable Cosmetic Surgeons – Surrey
In summary, if you are looking to tighten up loose abdominal muscles or remove excess skin following weight loss or pregnancy, we recommend a tummy tuck.
However, if you want to remove stubborn areas of fat and rid yourself of unsightly bulges, liposuction is ideal.
Read this patient’s story about her Lipo-abdominoplasty with Riverside Clinics:
Talking to a reputable cosmetic surgeon is the best approach, so they can discuss with you the results they can achieve before you make a decision.