Some people may look down at their abdomen and notice their midsection is “pooched out.” Whether caused by weight gain, aging, or pregnancy, a larger than average midsection is unflattering and unattractive on the body. Many people try to battle the bulge with a strict diet and rigorous exercise regimen to no avail. They feel as if all the hard work goes down the drain, and when looking at their list of options, they may be considering plastic surgery. The only question is, do you accomplish your goals by “sucking out” the fat with liposuction or “tucking in” the gut with a tummy tuck? The right procedure will be determined based on a patient’s anatomy and goals.
“Suctioning Out” the Fat
Liposuction is a procedure designed to remove fat through a suctioning device. Dr. Jervis offers the LifeSculpt system at his practice, which is a technically advanced laser system that offers less bruising, swelling and discomfort. A tumescent solution is injected into the treatment area to break up the fat cells before removal. Two laser wavelengths are used. One bursts fat cells releasing fat into the injected fluid. The other sets up a months-long process of tightening the skin and shortening the fibers that connect the skin to the fascia, actively pulling the skin inward. Standard suction lipectomy (non-laser) has to rely on the elasticity of youth to tighten the skin. After the laser energy is delivered, the destroyed fat is suctioned out.
“Tucking It In”
A tummy tuck involves the surgical removal of excess abdominal fat and skin and the tightening of weak abdominal muscles. An incision is made that extends from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area. Through the incision, Dr. Jervis removes excess tissue and tightens the abdominal muscles. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is pulled over the newly shaped contours.
Which procedure is right for me?
When deciding on whether to undergo liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or both, patients should consider the following:
- Massive weight loss: Patients who have experienced massive weight loss may have excess fat and hanging skin in the abdominal area. Tummy tuck surgery is needed to correct loose skin. Additional contouring and fat removal can be accomplished with liposuction.
- Pregnancy: Many mothers find that they are left with excess skin in the abdomen and loose abdominal muscles from their pregnancy. Women can reverse the effects that pregnancy has had on the body with a tummy tuck.
- Excess fat with loose skin: Someone who has excess fat and loose skin may be suited for a tummy tuck to remove the skin and liposuction to remove fat and improve the body contours. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, combining liposuction and tummy tuck offers the best of both procedures.
- Excess fat but no loose skin: If a person just has excess fat causing their belly to protrude and no excess skin, they can achieve a flatter, more toned midsection with liposuction alone.
The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to have Dr. Jervis evaluate your anatomy and goals. He offers the latest techniques in liposuction and tummy tuck technology and can help you safely and efficiently achieve a more sculpted abdomen.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, schedule your consultation with Dr. Jervis today! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who offers his skills and expertise. Contact us by calling (925) 937-7100 or by filling out our online contact form.