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November 30, 2023 | Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

Still Deciding Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery?


Have unwanted fat on your stomach or midsection area? Liposuction and tummy tucks can be great options for people who wish to remove unwanted fat, but you may be wondering which procedure best suits your needs or if a combination of the two would be beneficial. 

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How Does Liposuction Work? 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets areas of the body with stubborn fat and removes them, leaving you with a more toned and sculpted physique. The procedure involves the surgeon marking the chosen area (where the stubborn fat is), giving the patient anesthesia to ensure their comfort, creating small incisions on the selected area, and then using a thin tube and surgical suction device to remove the fat deposits. 

Liposuction is incredibly versatile with the areas of the body it can treat. If you’re insecure about excess fat on your midsection, liposuction can be used on the abdomen, waist, and lower back. In addition to the midsection, liposuction can also be performed on the upper and lower body. Areas such as the chest, arms, upper back, hips, butt, thighs, and ankles can all be treated with liposuction. 

Before and after images of a liposuction patient in Tampa, FL

What Does a Tummy Tuck Achieve? 

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can significantly improve skin laxity and muscle separation in the abdominal area. Similar to liposuction, a tummy tuck involves anesthesia, the creation of incisions, and fat removal. However, there are additional steps where the abdominal muscle position is restored, excess skin is removed, and the naval is reconstructed. 

A tummy tuck can treat excess skin under the stomach, loose or separated abdominal muscles, and stubborn stomach fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. After tummy tuck surgery, the waist will be slimmer, the skin will be tightened, and scarring from the incisions will fade over time. Some changes in the abdominal area will be visible immediately after surgery, but your final tummy tuck results will be apparent around six to eight weeks post-surgery. 

Before and after images of a tummy tuck patient in Tampa, FL

Liposuction Benefits

Liposuction can eliminate body fat in almost any area, so if you have other areas on your body with unwanted fat, you may want to consider this procedure. Removing the excess fat makes the stomach muscles more visible, showcasing a more toned midsection. Asymmetrical or other uneven body fat distribution can be corrected. 

Patients who get liposuction find that clothes can now fit them better and more comfortably. They enjoy how flattering fashions look on their newly sculpted bodies. Liposuction can significantly increase self-confidence, especially if excess fat has been a longtime insecurity. In addition to all these benefits, liposuction can be an excellent option for people who have had other body contouring procedures and wish to enhance their results further. 

Tummy Tuck Benefits

Tummy tucks are known for their ability to tighten the abdominal muscles and give a smoother, more contoured appearance to the abdominal area. One of the most significant benefits of a tummy tuck is that it can repair the diastasis recti, which is the increased distance between the rectus and abdominal muscles, which often happens due to pregnancy or significant weight loss. Tummy tucks can also eliminate stretch marks, create a positive body image, and dramatically improve the body’s shape. 

Have More Questions About Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery in Tampa, FL? 

If you’re interested in liposuction or a tummy tuck in Tampa, FL, call or text PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery at (813) 981-1975 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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