What’s the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

May 11th, 2016

difference-between-liposuction-and-tummy-tuckWhether you have recently had children or experienced significant weight loss, you may be in need of liposuction or a tummy tuck. Do you have small amounts of fatty tissue that are not being reduced by diet and exercise? Or perhaps you may have excess skin hanging from your abdomen. In either case, Dr. Myers can go over the best options and help you understand which procedure is right for you.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure where the doctor can remove localized areas of fatty tissue. A key difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck is that liposuction can be performed on the stomach, chin, love handles (sides), legs, and buttocks, whereas a tummy tuck is specific to the abdominal area.

The Woodlands liposuction surgeon, Dr. Wesley T. Myers, will consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction. Generally a patient who is in relatively good shape but has smaller stubborn areas of fat will see the most results from liposuction.

What Issues Does a Tummy Tuck Correct?

A patient who has some loose or excess abdominal skin and muscles that have become loose or “stretched out” is likely to benefit the most from a tummy tuck. This can happen to mothers who are now experiencing sagging and loose skin from her previous pregnancies. It can also happen for men and women who have lost a lot of body fat after weight loss surgery and / or significant lifestyle changes.

A tummy tuck will tighten your abdominal muscles and remove loose skin. Often times stretch marks are eliminated as much of the stretched out skin is removed. This procedure is not intended to remove areas of fat.

Do I Need Both Procedures?

After reading about the unique goals and results of each surgical option, you may feel that you need both procedures. The Woodlands liposuction and tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Myers, can perform both surgeries together.

During your consultation, the doctor will go over your options for removing those small stubborn fatty areas as well as removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.

Contact The Woodlands liposuction and tummy tuck expert, Dr. Wesley T. Myers to book your consultation today. Let us help you achieve the results you desire.