Tummy tuck vs. liposuction – which is the best procedure for you?

30 August 2013

Womans stomach being injected with fat removerAbdominal liposuction and a tummy tuck procedures are common surgery choices for women all over the world – but both offer different benefits. Choosing between the two is not easy, and the decision is highly dependent on the patients' beliefs and desires. Dr Trevor Schmidt, a liposuction specialist from Las Vegas, has performed over 15,000 liposuction procedures and says a common misconception about liposuction is that the patient will be left with loose hanging skin. This is not true.“Typically the skin tightness an individual has before the procedure will be comparable to the tightness they have after. But the volume and bulk will be significantly decreased,” he said. “We see so many women that simply don’t want a tummy tuck because of the increased risk and cost… These women do very well with liposuction of the abdomen and tend to be very happy with the results.” That said, there are definitely individuals that would be better off with a tummy tuck. Here are a few pointers that may help your decision.LiposuctionRemoves 70-80% of the fat Minimal scars Return to work within 1-3 days Significantly less pain and bruising - Improved shape to look and feel better in clothes Lower costTummy TuckRemoves excess skin Leaves large obvious scar from hip to hip Requires at least 1-2 weeks off work for recovery Higher cost Higher risk for complications