Many cosmetic surgery candidates seek out liposuction or a tummy tuck surgeon because they want to achieve a flatter, more toned, and aesthetically appealing stomach and abdominal area. Two major procedures that can help patients achieve this goal are tummy tucks and/or liposuction surgery. Many patients may wonder which procedure is right for them. While research can help you become better informed about your options, research is no replacement for having a frank discussion about your needs with your liposuction doctor or tummy tuck surgeon in New York.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction entails the removal of excess fat deposits in specific localized areas. Liposuction isn’t limited to removing fat in the stomach area, since it can also be used to treat stubborn fat deposits in the thighs, hips, back, chest, arms, chin, cheeks, and even calves (cankles). Liposuction isn’t a replacement for proper weight loss and it won’t address excess skin that patients still have after having undergone major weight loss.
A large pregnancy and/or significant weight loss usually leads to sagging and loose abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery, both removes excess skin, tightens abdominal muscles and may involve liposuction of the abdomen or other areas at the same time. According to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons, individuals should have a tummy tuck when they have achieved stable weight as this scenario produces the best results. The results of a tummy tuck are usually permanent. However, significant changes in weight can affect the results adversely.
Neither the tummy tuck nor the liposuction procedures are meant to treat obesity or meant to replace a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Liposuction is most effective at eliminating small pockets of stubborn fat that diet and exercise simply can’t eliminate. Individuals retain this fat due to genetics and in many cases no amount of exercise with or without the diet can eliminate fat in these areas.
Post-bariatric patients often choose to undergo tummy tuck procedures to tighten the abdomen following excess weight loss as this procedure addresses the loose skin, muscles and removes large amounts of fat that is retained in the abdominal apron.
Since both, tummy tuck and liposuction work to contour the abdominal and tummy region, patients should speak to a qualified plastic surgeon in New York City to determine which procedure is best for their given needs.
If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, it may be wise to speak to one of the most experienced plastic surgeons who performs both of these procedures. Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D. is a NYC Plastic Surgeon who will take the time to review your needs, options and expectations as well as tummy tuck costs, and determine the best course of action given your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Grossman’s approach to Liposuction without the compression garments and practically no recuperative time are well known, as is his technique in Physiologically correct tummy tucks that require no drain tubes and patients have much shorter recuperative requirements and can usually drive themselves in just a few days.
If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, a qualified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Leonard Grossman, can help you with advice and a surgical result to suit.