Considering Liposuction or an Abdominoplasty? What You Should Know

Often times, liposuction and abdominoplasty surgeries (also known as a tummy tuck) go hand-in-hand. Once doctors remove fat from the stomach region through a liposuction procedure, patients find they also require a tummy tuck to get rid of the excess hanging skin that may be left behind.

If you are considering either of these procedures, it is vital you know the facts and the pricing to ensure you are receiving the best procedure for the most reasonable price.

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, is a fairly common and safe procedure, involving the removal of excess skin or fat from the stomach area, creating the illusion of a flattened abdomen and can aid in tightening the muscles against the abdominal wall.

When Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?

  • After giving birth- After bearing a child, women may find they have a lot of excess stomach skin and may wish to remove it through a tummy tuck. Make sure to have your tummy tuck after you are done having children to ensure the results last.
  • After losing significant amounts of weight- Weight loss patients may notice an excess of skin and fat around their abdomen after a significant weight loss. Tummy tucks should be the last resort to shaping up your body and should only be done after the majority of weight has been lost.

Cost of a Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • Cost for this surgery can range from about $3,000 to $12,000.
  • Prices depend on a variety of factors:
    • The specialty, popularity and experience of your surgeon
    • The geographic location of where your surgeon practices (richer regions will have pricier procedure costs)
    • The extent of the procedure- The more work that needs to be done, the more expensive it will be

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is an invasive surgery that involves the removal of fat from various areas of the body (legs, stomach, waist, buttocks, arms) through the use of a hollow instrument.

When Should I Get Liposuction?

  • When you have aesthetic goals- Liposuction is not a long-term weight-loss solution and will not remove cellulite or dimples in the skin. If you have serious weight-loss desires, a weight-loss and diet plan should be adhered to.
  • When the amount of fat removed is safe- Only so much fat can be removed from the body at one time. If you have desires to remove large amounts of fat, liposuction may not be the best option for you and you should investigate weight-loss plan options.
  • You already live a healthy lifestyle- Due to the fact that liposuction is not permanent, the fat will come back and may deposit at larger rates than before, altering the shape of your body.

Different Types of Liposuctions

  • Tumescent liposuction- Medication is pumped under the skin and fat is suctioned out through several small suction tubes
  • Dry liposuction- No liquid is pumped under the skin. This procedure tends to be rare, as it can lead to bleeding and bruising
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction- The instrument utilized in this procedure is powered with ultrasound, therefore the fat is melted away at contact.
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