At YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery, we recognize and celebrate our patients' individuality and the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving the aesthetic they both want and deserve. For some, this might mean opting for a stomach-flattening tummy tuck. Los Angeles-area patients frequently pick the procedure to slim down their middles. Liposuction, however, is also a common choice, though it addresses different aesthetic issues.
So what's the difference between the two? And what about the possibility of harnessing the power of both a tummy tuck and liposuction for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients looking to achieve the best of both worlds?
Tummy tuck and lipo are both popular, effective, and commonly performed procedures in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and beyond, but there are some essential differences. A tummy tuck focuses exclusively on a patient's midsection with the intention of eliminating the loose skin and excess fat that that stubbornly refuse to be banished with diet and exercise. It also tightens lax muscles found there. As a surgical procedure, a tummy tuck tends to most benefit men and women who have experienced major physical changes following a pregnancy or weight loss and are finding it difficult to return to their original shape. Also known as an abdominoplasty, the surgery can last two to five hours. A partial or "mini" tummy tuck may take less than two hours.
Liposuction, which is the removal of fat cells via a small tube called a cannula, can be used on the stomach to eliminate unwanted belly bulges, but unlike the tummy tuck, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients can also benefit from lipo on their thighs, buttocks, chin, neck, arms, hips, and jowls. Just as the length of a tummy tuck procedure can vary for Los Angeles patients, the length of a lipo procedure depends on the individual patient but generally requires two to three hours.
Depending on a patient's needs, a single procedure may well be enough to help you achieve your desired results. But for Los Angeles-area patients who want to combine the trimming effects of a tummy tuck with the slimming impact of lipo all in a single procedure, a combination is a safe, effective, and popular option.
Specifically, combining the two procedures allows the doctor to focus attention on the hips and flanks for the lipo aspect, ensuring that the results encompass a greater portion of the patient's torso to create pleasing new proportions.
However, there are certain risks that increase with the addition of new procedures, making it essential to choose a doctor who has performed both procedures numerous times. It's also important to choose a cosmetic surgeon with whom you can speak candidly about your goals and concerns to better enable you to make the best choice for your body.