When my patients are considering body contouring to tackle those frustrating areas of fat, they sometimes think that liposuction at my San Jose practice can achieve the same results as a tummy tuck. Here’s what you should know to help determine if you’re a good candidate for liposuction – or if a tummy tuck might be more appropriate.
Liposuction is helpful for tackling those troublesome fat deposits that remain despite a healthy diet and exercise plan. You should be in good health and want only to slim down specific areas of fat in regions such as your thighs, tummy, and hips. Liposuction can even be used in areas other than your midsection, such as the neck and chin.
In some cases, however, patients are concerned about more than fat deposits. Because of pregnancy or massive weight loss, they may have muscle laxity and loose, sagging skin. In such cases, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is more appropriate for correcting their concerns. Although liposuction can remove those fat deposits, the procedure cannot be used to tighten stretched abdominal muscles or correct sagging, excess skin.
By consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you can receive guidance in determining if you’re a good candidate for liposuction, or if a tummy tuck would be more appropriate for achieving your cosmetic goals. The two procedures also can be combined for advanced body contouring surgery.