Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck: Which Is Best for Me?

October 13, 2020

 

 

Our stomachs are often one of the first areas that gain excess fat, while often being a difficult spot to lose it from at the same time. This frustration is amplified when a proper diet and regular exercise also seem to have no effect on our size. When this happens, many people begin to consider a tummy tuck or liposuction. Melbourne patients have a range of options available to them, the big question, however; which is best?

While the answer varies per patient and situation with an assessment with the experts at Me Clinic being the way to get final clarification, we can provide some preliminary information here first. Let's look at the two procedures, how they differ and what they offer.

Understanding the Liposuction procedure

There are many reasons why people seek out these procedures that go beyond simple excess fat. You may have recently had children or lost a significant amount of weight which has left you with excess skin or a look that is affecting your confidence. This can be an issue for both men and women for whom genetically poor distributions of fat create an issue.

Liposuction will target excess or stubborn pockets of fat, contouring specific areas and toning your abdomen. Those with a high-quality skin tone and flat abdominal wall may be well suited to the procedure. This option is not about fat loss, so much as specific removal to create a more desirable shape.

The liposuction procedure can help create a more desirable shape for the stomach region, as well as other parts of the body.

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A 36 year old gentleman with a pot belly. This is a common problem with men.

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The improvement in the appearance of his abdomen is apparent after just over a litre of fat was removed at our Liposuction Melbourne clinic.

The liposuction procedure can help create a more desirable shape for the stomach region, as well as other parts of the body. 

Understanding the tummy tuck procedure

The Tummy Tuck procedure offers a slightly different solution to liposuction as it is better-suited to patients with a stretched or loose abdominal wall. More involved than Liposuction, the Tummy Tuck requires a large incision from hip to hip to lift the skin while removing fat to tighten the abdominal wall.

Liposuction can be part of the Tummy Tuck procedure in some cases. The most common reason why women undergo this procedure is to rectify their look post-pregnancy.

The recovery process

The recovery process is quite different when comparing these two procedures. Liposuction is classed as an outpatient procedure with less required downtime. You will need to rest and refrain from strenuous activity for at least 48 hours, and it will be even longer until you can resume heavy lifting or intense workouts. Liposuction involves minimal scarring and less pain as a result of the procedure.

For the Tummy Tuck, Melbourne patients will require more downtime with a full recovery often taking around six weeks. Light activities and walking will be fine within a few days, and a more obvious scar will be present as a result of this procedure.

The Tummy Tuck procedure is popular with women who have recently given birth.

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The Tummy Tuck procedure is popular with women who have recently given birth.

Which is best for you?

Both procedures have a similar goal but each are better suited to differing requirements. For a definitive answer, we strongly recommend that you book a consultation with the expert surgeons at Me Clinic. We also now offer the convenience of online consultations for those who would desire this option.

Our experienced cosmetic surgeons, who have performed many successful variations of these procedures will assess your situation, discuss your goals and determine how best to achieve your flatter stomach. Our friendly team will support you through the entire process, and you'll be on your way to a much more confident look and feel.

 

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