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Abdominoplasty or Liposuction: Which is Right for You?
Body contouring procedures are an effective way to sculpt the body profile you want, but can’t seem to get from diet and exercise alone. Today, there are many options in body contouring that allow you to customise your procedure to your specific needs and desired outcome. It can also make it a challenge to know precisely which procedure will give you the results you are hoping for. To make the choice a little easier, check out this basic overview of two of the most popular body contouring procedures available at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery; abdominoplasty and liposuction.
The Tummy Tuck Solution for a Slimmer Midsection
An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that sculpts and tightens the midsection. The procedure tightens underlying abdominal muscles while removing excess tissue, fat and skin for a more streamlined body contour. The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia and requires a few days in the hospital afterward.
Liposuction Offers Targeted Fat Reduction
Liposuction is a less invasive surgical procedure that can be used to remove isolated pockets of fat from many different areas of the body. This procedures uses smaller incisions and special tools to loosen and suction away fat cells from the midsection, hips, thighs, calves, arms, breasts, and even areas of the face. Special techniques using mechanical rotation and ultrasonic sound waves make liposuction even safer and more effective, with less bruising and bleeding during the procedure.
Weighing Pros and Cons when Choosing a Procedure
Abdominoplasty and liposuction both have their share of pros and cons. Abdominoplasty is a more invasive procedure that involves a longer recovery period. However, the results can be quite dramatic and long-lasting, as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery. Liposuction, on the other hand, involves less discomfort and downtime, but is more limited as to how much fat can be removed in a single session. It can be used on many different areas, making it much more versatile than abdominoplasty in terms of results.
Find out which Procedure is Right for You
Patients looking for a procedure that focuses on the midsection and removes a significant amount of fat and tissue will likely want to consider a tummy tuck. This procedure is also recommended after significant weight loss has left loose layers of skin around the middle that affect the new body contour. Liposuction is a better option for patients that have good skin elasticity, but are concerned about focused deposits of fat cells interfering with their overall body contour.
At Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we perform both abdominoplasty and liposuction on a regular basis. We can help you choose the right procedure for you based on your specific concerns and desired outcome. To learn more, contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 61 3 9508 9508.