When deciding between tummy tuck vs lipo, the first thing to be aware of is that they are highly complimentary procedures. Many patients choose to have liposuction simultaneously as having a tummy tuck. Here at Centre for Surgery, most of our patients combine a tummy tuck with liposuction for even greater body contouring results. When lipo is combined with a tummy tuck, the lipo part of the procedure is carried out first, followed by excess skin removal. If you would like to have liposuction in a separate part of the body, such as the chin or arms, a separate procedure would be scheduled for this. Stomach liposuction is most commonly combined with a tummy tuck. There are several key differences between a tummy tuck and lipo, each with its pros and cons, as discussed below.
Lipo vs Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck and liposuction are often combined together in the same procedure, although they are two distinct procedures, each designed to achieve a specific aesthetic goal. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to you get rid of excess skin on the abdomen and tighten weakened abdominal muscles caused by pregnancy or weight gain. Excess skin can be caused by several factors, including significant weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth and the natural ageing process. Many women and men are concerned about the appearance of loose and sagging skin on the belly because it can restrict clothing choices or interfere with physical exercise and other daily tasks. Having loose skin around the abdomen can cause discomfort by rubbing on clothing and cause skin irritation. People with severe sagging skin can develop a lot of self-confidence and withdraw from certain social situations.
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As part of a tummy tuck, the surgeon will perform an incision in the lower portion of the abdomen from hip to hip. Once the incision has been made, the surgeon will carefully separate the abdominal skin from the underlying tissue before pulling the skin down and trimming excess skin in the bottom half. The abdominal muscles will be tightened if they are responsible for causing a bulging appearance. The abdominal muscles often separate and are often caused by pregnancy or weight gain; this is known as diastasis recti. The belly button will be surgically repositioned. The incisions will then be closed, and you will have two surgical drains to get rid of excess fluid, which will be removed three days after your procedure.
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Liposuction is designed to get rid of stubborn areas of excess fat, which are proven resistant to regular physical exercise and a healthy diet. Many patients often tried for years to get rid of stubborn fat with no success. The most commonly affected areas include the abdomen, thighs, chin, back and flanks. In those with good skin elasticity, liposuction can safely and effectively contour these areas without the longer scars of a tummy tuck. Liposuction involves using a small diameter cannula which is inserted into the subcutaneous fat to extract fat. Moving the cannula back and forth whilst connected to vacuum suction will help to break up the fat before its extraction. The incisions will then be closed with dissolvable stitches before applying a sterile dressing.
When deciding between a tummy tuck and lipo, your treatment goals will determine the final decision. Some people will seek to remove well-localised pockets of excess fat but otherwise good skin quality. Others will have loose skin affecting their abdomen and have been unable to improve sagging skin with diet and exercise alone. Excess skin affecting the abdomen is best treated with a tummy tuck. Well-defined areas of excess fat affecting the stomach, thighs, back or arms are best treated with liposuction. Many people can have both procedures, and a mummy makeover UK often involves a combination of both liposuction and a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation or breast lift.
Patients should be in good physical and mental health for either procedure and should be at or near their ideal body weight. It is important to remember that liposuction is designed to contour and sculpt the body and is not a weight loss method. The procedure should only be considered if you have failed to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat despite a good diet and regular exercise.
Should I get a tummy tuck or lipo?
The most appropriate choice depends on what you were trying to achieve from the treatment. For patients with small areas of localised fat and good skin elasticity, liposuction can be the ideal treatment to permanently eliminate excess fat. Patients with severe skin laxity affecting their abdomen would be best treated with a tummy tuck. In most cases, patients combine liposuction with a tummy tuck, which is known as a Brazilian tummy tuck.
Is a tummy tuck more painful than lipo?
We commonly get asked about the potential pain after a tummy tuck. Although the recovery after a tummy tuck is longer than liposuction, your surgeon injects local anaesthetic into the area of surgery to make the early part of your recovery as comfortable as possible.
Compared with liposuction, a tummy tuck involves longer incisions which means bigger tummy tuck scars and a longer recovery. However, the dramatic improvements achieved with a tummy tuck can make it well worth it. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure involving small incisions which heal very well to leave virtually invisible scars. Most people can return to work after a few days, although they will still need to wear a compression garment for six weeks after the procedure.
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How long do tummy tuck results last?
As long as patients maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating sensibly and exercising regularly, both a tummy tuck and liposuction can produce permanent results. If a patient gains weight by eating unhealthy foods and living a sedentary lifestyle, this can affect the results of both procedures. The skin may become stretched again after a tummy tuck, and fat can return after liposuction.
Why choose Centre for Surgery for tummy tuck?
If you are undecided about a tummy tuck or liposuction, get in contact with us today to schedule an in-person consultation with an expert consultant plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery in London. Our surgeons have many years of experience in performing both tummy tuck and liposuction surgery, with hundreds of procedures carried out annually. View our before and after gallery below. You can get a good idea of the results achievable with a tummy tuck in London.